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'Listen To God: Hear the Poor' - Palm Sunday, 13 April

07/04/2014 11:06 am

Palm Sunday, 13 April 2014

Each day we're offering prayers, psalms and Bible readings to help us come together as a Christian community to focus on the church's work serving those in need.

On the final day of Cardinal Vincent Nichols' and Archbishop Justin Welby's week of prayer for the church's work serving the poor, Archbishop Justin Welby says John's story of Jesus washing his disciple's feet reminds us of something "crucial" about what we are to do as Christians. That is, we must strive to love each other - even our enemies - as Jesus loves us.

Today's psalm is Psalm 72 and the bible reading comes from John 13:2b-5, 12-15.

Preparation
 
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
 
Blessed are those who consider the poor and needy;
The Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble
Psalm 41.1
 
My heart exults in the Lord;
my strength is exalted in my God.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low, he also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honour.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.
1 Samuel 2.1a, 7-9

Psalm 72 (Common Worship Psalter)

1 Give the king your judgements, O God,
and your righteousness to the son of a king.
2 Then shall he judge your people righteously
and your poor with justice.
3 May the mountains bring forth peace,
and the little hills righteousness for the people.
4 May he defend the poor among the people,
deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.
5 May he live as long as the sun and moon endure,
from one generation to another.
6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,
like the showers that water the earth.
7 In his time shall righteousness flourish,
and abundance of peace
till the moon shall be no more.
8 May his dominion extend from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Bible Reading
 
John 13:2b-5, 12-15, (NRSV)

And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

Prayers
 
Pray for your local community, for those in need and for work there to serve them. Pray that Christians of all churches may draw together to fulfil Christ’s commandments and that God’s kingdom will come in our world and in our time.
 
Attend with favour to the prayers of your people, we ask, O Lord, and grant that the hearts of believers may be united in your praise and in repentance together, so that, with division among Christians overcome, we may hasten with joy to your eternal kingdom in the perfect communion of the Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
The Roman Missal
 
Heavenly Father, you have called us in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ to continue his work of reconciliation and reveal to you the world: forgive us the sins which tear us apart; give us the courage to overcome our fears and to seek that unity which is your gift and your will; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen
Common Worship
 
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
[For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.]
Amen.
 
The Conclusion
 
May Christ our Saviour give us peace.
Amen.

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Copyright

Grail Psalter Psalms are taken from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.

Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Les Editions du Cerf, and used by permission of the publishers.

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) (including the Psalter as published with Common Worship), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000

NRSV readings are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches in the USA. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.