Daily Archives: April 5, 2020

“The Well Of The Heart”

The Story of Jesus’ Last Days in Jerusalem from Matthew’s Gospel

Call to Worship

One:     Lent began in the wilderness; it concludes in Jerusalem.

All:     We now come near to the end of one story. Another will soon begin.

One:     We have followed Jesus this far; today we remember how he faced betrayal, falseness, rejection, and torment.

All:     And we witness, once more, that he taught and walked in love through every step of the journey.

Invocation:

Here again Lord, we come to worship you. We pray that you would make us feel your presence that we may truly worship you and you alone. Accept us, O God, and touch us with your Holy Spirit that we may rise from this time of distress renewed in love, strengthen in hope and faith. Through Jesus Christ. Amen

Jesus Enters Jerusalem and the Temple  – Matthew 21: 1-17  

Reader 1-     As they approached Jerusalem, entering Beth-Phage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent off two disciples with the instructions.

Reader 2 – “Go into the village straight ahead of you, and immediately you will find a tethered donkey with her 

    colt standing beside her. Untie them and lead them back to me. 3 If anyone questions you, say, ‘The 

    Rabbi needs them.’ Then they will let them go at once.” 

Reader 3 – 4This came about to fulfill what was said through the prophet: 5“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Your 

    Sovereign comes to you without display, riding on a donkey, on a colt— the foal of a beast of 

    burden.’ ” 6So the disciples went off and did what Jesus had ordered. 7They brought the donkey and 

    her colt, and after they laid their cloaks on the animals, Jesus mounted and rode toward the city. 

The Procession of Palms

Reader –     8Great crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road, while some began to cut branches from the 

    trees and lay them along the path. 9The crowds—those who went in front of Jesus and those who 

    followed—were all shouting “Hosanna to the Heir to the House of David! Blessed is the One who 

    comes in the name of the Most High! Hosanna in the highest!” 

Reader–      10As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred to its depths, demanding, “Who is 

    this?” 11And the crowd kept answering, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee!” 

Hymn:  “Holy, holy, Holy”

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,

casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,

who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,

though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,

only thou art holy; there is none beside thee

perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

Jesus in the Temple

Reader –      12When Jesus entered the Temple, he drove out all those who were selling and buying there. He 

    overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves. 13He said to them,  

Reader –     “Scripture says, ‘My house is called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of thieves!” 

Reader –     14Those who were blind or couldn’t walk came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. 15When 

    the chief priests and teachers of the Law saw the wonderful things Jesus did throughout the Temple 

    area, especially when they heard the children shouting: “Hosanna to the Heir to the House of David!” 

Reader–      They asked him: 16“Do you hear what the children are shouting?”  “Yes! Have you never read, 

    ‘From the mouths of children and nursing babies, you have brought forth praise’?” 

Reader –      17After leaving them, Jesus went out to Bethany to spend the night.

Community Prayer

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 15:11 (New Living Translation)

“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” 

Meditation:  “The Well of the Heart”

In Jesus’ day people were more particular about foods than a conference of dieters! They had rules about what you could eat and what you couldn’t eat, and they had rules about the rules. They were convinced that the foods people ate could bless them or ruin them, but Jesus turned their thinking upside down. He told them that what goes into their mouths isn’t as important as what comes out of them. Our words reveal the content of our hearts, and our words have the power to create or to destroy, to heal or to hurt.

Most of us think very little about our communication, even with those we love the most. We’ve developed habits of saying the same thing in the same ways to the same people, and these habits seem to work well enough. But do they? We need to be more intentional about the words we say to one another. Healing messages say, “I love you,” “I’m proud of you,” and “You’re really good at that!” Critical words cut like a knife. And sarcasm is the same knife with a pearl handle. Silence, too, can be just as deadly because a person’s self-doubt often fills the emptiness.

Words reveal what’s in our hearts. If what spills out is too often negative, biting, caustic, or sarcastic, we need  to ask God to fill the well with faith, hope and love so that positive words come out by the bucketful.

Sharing time: 

-Think of the conversation you’ve had in the past day. How would you describe the content of your words? 

-What changes do you need to make in your communication, especially with those you love in this difficult time?

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Invitation  

Luke the Evangelist records that on thew evening of the first day of the week, the same day on which our Lord rose form the dead, when he was at table with them, he took bread and blessed and broke it, and gave it to them, and their eyes were opened and they knew him. 

Hymn:    “Let Us Break Together”

Let us break bread together on our knees; let us break bread together on our knees.

Refrain: When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us drink wine together on our knees; let us drink wine together on our knees. 

Consecration of Elements

God our Father, Maker of heaven and earth, pour out your glory on this our sacrifice of praise. Send now the Holy Spirit upon us. Consecrate this bread and his cup se aside as our offering of thanks to your love and mercy. We pray through your Son, our Lord. Amen

Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

(Lifting the bread and breaking it) 

Jesus said, “This is my body which is givien for you. Take, eat, and remember me.”

(Lifting the Cup) 

Jesus said, “This cup is the blood of my new covenant poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Drink, all of you, and remember me.”

Closing Hymn:  “Trust and Obey”

When we walk with the Lord, in the light of his word, 

what a glory he sheds on our way! While we do his good will, 

he abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. 

Refrain: Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, 

but our toil he doth richly repay; not a grief or a loss, 

not a frown or a cross,  but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

3 But we never can prove, the delights of his love 

until all on the altar we lay; for the favor he shows, 

for the joy he bestows, are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

The Lord’s Prayer: 

Benediction: (Eph. 3:20-21)

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Rev. Jonathan M. Cal

/ UCM / EA Eslao