O Lord, Do Not Delay
To the choirmaster. Of David, for the memorial offering.
Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let them be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life!
Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
Let them turn back because of their shame
who say, “Aha, Aha!”
May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!
“Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus hath undone thee.
‘Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee; I crucified thee.”
(Lutheran Book of Worship, #123, st.2)
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We pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” a 400-year-old translation of the petition: “Do not put us to the test” or “Save us from the time of trial.” As Luther makes clear in the Catechism, God is not responsible for our sin. Rather we are gladly led into temptation by our old enemy who whispers, “Did God really say?” As evening falls, we begin the three days (the Triduum). Like Judas, we come to the Lord’s Table with treason in our hearts, minds, and bodies. Many will happily wear new clothes on Easter and celebrate the rites of spring as if their treason were a pious fiction. There can be no Easter joy without Jesus’ death for Judas, you, and me. He still asks us to watch and pray this night? Our treason nailed Him to His cross!
- Will you be at St. Matthew’s at noon or 7 p.m. to receive Holy Absolution and Christ Himself?
Prayer for Maundy Thursday:
Holy God, source of all love, on the night of His betrayal, Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment: To love one another as He had loved them. By Your Holy Spirit write this commandment in our hearts; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Put 44 pennies, nickels, or dimes in a 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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