Holy Thursday Prayer from Bishop Sue


On this Holy Thursday, Bishop Sue invites you to pray with her the words of this wonderful Brian Wren hymn:

Lord God, your love has called us here, As we, by love, for love were made.
Your living likeness still we bear,
Though marred, dishonored, disobeyed. 
We come, with all our heart and mind
Your call to hear, your love to find.

We come with self-inflicted pains
Of broken trust and chosen wrong,
Half-free, half-bound by inner chains,
By social forces swept along,
By powers and systems close confined, Yet seeking hope for humankind.

Lord God, in Christ you call our name
And then receive us as your own
Not through some merit, right or claim
But by your gracious love alone.
We strain to glimpse your mercy seat
And find you kneeling at our feet.

Then take the towel, and break the bread,
And humble us, and call us friends.
Suffer and serve till all are fed
And show how grandly love intends
To work till all creation sings,
To fill all worlds, to crown all things.

Lord God, in Christ you set us free
Your life to live, your joy to share.
Give us your Spirit's liberty
To turn from guilt and dull despair
And offer all that faith can do
While love is making all things new.

I pray for all preparing for our Holy Week services. May you be blessed through your sacred endeavor. Offer them Christ, incarnate, crucified, and resurrected. May we all be crucified and resurrected with him this week. Grace and peace to all.

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