April 8, 2020 | Service

Leader: Lord in your great love, answer me.

Psalm 54:3-4

Reader 1: O God, by your name save me. By your strength defend my cause,

Reader 2: O God, hear my prayer. Listen to the words of my mouth.

Reading – John 13:1, 2b-5, 12-15

Reader 3: Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father.  He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.  During supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.  He took a towel and tied it around his waist.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. So, when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?  You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.  I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

Reflection: 

Leader: When Jesus got up from the table, and took a towel and basin of water, Peter thought this was a very bad idea.  But buried in this astonishing gesture was a symbol of service that was larger than a towel and a basin of water. It may have been at the end of the meal, but it was the beginning of a way of life for those first disciples and for us.  This ministry of service is never finished.  The command of Jesus, “as I have done for you, you should do,” remains the heart of the Christian community.

Intentional Prayer

Leader: To You, O Lord, our redeemer, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: For CommonSpirit Health to always be an agent of God’s own compassionate love, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For all who hunger and thirst for their daily sustenance, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For those who have died and those who grieve for them, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 4: For anyone who needs compassion and solace in these troubling days, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

Reader 4: The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father…

Closing Prayer

Reader 5: God endow us with the grace of reconciliation that we might bring your unconditional compassion to all those who seek to be in communion with your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Leader: Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!

Modified slightly from: Daily Prayer 2020, 2019 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago, IL