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Tuesday 30th March

Tuesday in Holy Week

Reading John 12:20-30

Jesus speaks of his death
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came  to Philip, who was from Beth-sa′ida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I
say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honour him.

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered,
“This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.


Do not stop, Lord Jesus
            do not stop challenging our preconceptions and our misconceptions
            do not stop reminding us in this most holy of weeks
            that your way is the way of the cross
            where sacrifices are made,
            and that to follow you means looking to others before we look to ourselves.
So we pray for those committed to the service of others
            for the charity workers seeking to house the homeless,
            feed the hungry and support the vulnerable;
            for our heath and care workers
            working beyond exhaustion
            and for their families and loved ones sucked into the domestic consequences.
Open the hearts and minds of those in authority over us
           to remind them that it is through service that greatness comes;
           it is by laying aside personal ambition that your name is glorified.
           And grant to each one of us
           the strength to hold fast to what we say we believe
           so that we too might become messengers of God
In the name of Jesus’ we pray

Peebles Old Virtual Choir

Hymn Now the green blade riseth
Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,
wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;
love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

In the ground they laid him, Love whom men had slain;
thinking that never he would wake again,
laid in the earth, like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.

Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,
he that for three days in the grave had lain,
quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again,
like wheat that springeth green.

John Macleod Campbell Crum (1872-1958)


And now may the blessing of almighty God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be with you and remain with you
And all those whom you love
Today and for evermore

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