Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — Sensing the Passion

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Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week         Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be
whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept
joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the
glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gospel                                                    John 13:21-32

The First Reflection

Today, focus deeply on the physical sensations — touch, the feel of the textures and the movement of giving bread, the sensations in the gut when one is deeply troubled — those named, and those you can imagine you would feel if you were in the scene.  Become aware of how all these physical sensations, these felt things, speak, how they orient you and others present in space and time. Give yourself time to write down all you sensed in touch, motion, tightness, or pain, then share what you sensed with those with whom you are sharing this time of reflection.

The Prophet                                                  Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Second Reflection

After reading or hearing the words of the prophet, what else do you now sense in the gospel reading? Give yourself time to write down your additional reflections, then share what you sensed with those with whom you are sharing this time of reflection.

The Intercessions                                        Prayers of the People at Morning Prayer (BOW, alt)

Together, let us pray
    for the people of this congregation… Sense us, and help us sense and love.
    for those who suffer and those in trouble…  Sense us, and help us sense and love.
    for the concerns of this local community... Sense us, and help us sense and love.
    for the world, its peoples, and its leaders…  Sense us, and help us sense and love.
    for the earth you have given to our care…  Sense us, and help us sense and love.
    for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission… Sense us, and help us sense and love.
    in communion with the saints….  Sense us, and help us sense and love.

In the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray:
The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer for Wednesday in Holy Week     Book of Common Prayer (Public Domain)

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be
whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept
joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the
glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Offer signs of peace to one another, and part in silence.
 

Monday through Wednesday resources are designed to help you and those with whom you choose to gather to spend time with the scriptures for each day, particularly the gospel reading, and to get deeply in touch with the events of that day through a particular sensory mode. Monday will be about hearing. Tuesday will be about seeing. Wednesday will be about physical sensation, including touch.