A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Pastoral Prayer (Maundy Thursday) - Athens First UMC

Gracious and merciful God, we thank you for the very unique meal that Jesus shared with the disciples so long ago.

We are grateful that this meal reminds us of how you delivered your people from slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land. We’re thankful that every time we receive this meal of the bread and cup, you promise to be present with us. And Lord, we are also thankful that this meal reminds us of that future time when you will make all things new. Thank you for the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

During this week, we remember when Jesus took upon his shoulders all of the brokenness, pain, suffering, and sin of the world so that we can be the people you called us to be, created in your image. Thank you for this incredible gift of new life made possible through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Even as you offered your life for us, we also know that there continues to be pain and suffering in our world. We think of the terrorist attacks in Belgium, the ongoing tensions in the Middle East, and even in our own country, where people resort to violence, rather than peace making. O God, forgive our sinful ways.

As we ponder and reflect upon these events of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, keep hope alive in us even as we prepare for a glorious Easter celebration this Sunday.

Be present with us even now as we join together in saying the Lord’s prayer together…

“Our Father, who art in heaven..."

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