Holy Week 2020
Ministries within the Presbytery of the Miami Valley are collaborating to provide devotional material for each day of Holy Week. Please feel free to share this material with others.
Scripture: John 12:20-36
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor."Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say - 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again." The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, "We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?" Jesus said to them, "The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light."After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.
Today's reflection is from the Rev. Michael Isaacs, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Middletown.
Prayer: Inspired by Psalm 71
In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver and rescue me. My mouth is filled with your praise. I lean into your glory all of my days. Do not forsake me when my strength is spent. Be to me a rock of refuge and a strong fortress. You are my rock. Amen.
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