Monday of Holy Week
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
“Lord, Thee I love with all my heart; I pray Thee, ne’er from me depart, With tender mercy cheer me. Earth
has no pleasure I would share.Yea, heaven itself were void and bare If Thou, Lord, wert not near me. And
should my heart for sorrow break, My trust in Thee can nothing shake. Thou art the portion I have sought; Thy precious blood my soul has bought. Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, my God and Lord, Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word,”(Lutheran Service Book, #708, st.1)
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We entered into Lent on Ash Wednesday by speaking together Psalm 51, then, making a soul-searching confession of sins, we told the truth about ourselves to the Father, who knew it all already. Marked with ashes, we were reminded we are dust and to dust we shall return, yet those ashes were marked with the cross of Christ given in Holy Baptism. In the midst of death, there is eternal life for the baptized! Now as we pray: “Forgive us…as we forgive,” we ignore the danger in that petition. We should be praying, “Help us to forgive as you do.” Only God’s Son Jesus loves the Father with all His heart even unto death on a cross. We pray to love as He does, and, in so doing, we pray to be His faithful witnesses even unto death!
- Will you gather at St. Matthew’s at noon today when Pastor Robert Weeks preaches the Word?
Prayer for Monday of Holy Week
Almighty God, grant that we, who amid so many adversities fail through our own weakness, may be restored and strengthened by the passion and intercession of Your only-begotten Son; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Put 41 pennies, nickels, or dimes in a large bowl to provide farm animals for the global poor
Pastor Samuel D. Zumwalt, STS
St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Wilmington, North Carolina
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