Sunday in Holy Week - Reflection

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Evening Reflection

 

“if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out”

 

Introduction

In Holy Week it is good to make space for intentional and focussed time with God reflecting on the events that took place in the lead up to Jesus’s death on Good Friday.  With our daily routines having been stopped so abruptly as we isolate ourselves one from another we have perhaps been offered an opportunity to allow our minds to flourish as we read and explore the bible with purpose and for our imaginations to lead us in new directions. 

You might like to light a candle as a reminder of Christ’s presence with you now.

 

We spend a moment in prayer as we offer this time of reflection to God:

Father God,
we come before you in the stillness of this evening
that we might feel your presence with us and
find courage for all that lies ahead of us on our journey.
May we be people of Christ-like determination that we would travel this path
with confidence in your unfailing love.
Speak to us now and bring us peace we pray.
Amen.

 

Take yourself now into a place of stillness with God.  If you have a stone or pebble that you can hold then you might find it helpful to lay it in the palm of your hand  or use the image of the pebbles and stones on the screen to think about how the shapes have been formed as you listen to the music.


Stones    

Link to Jean Sibelius - 5 Pieces for piano, op.75 no.5 'The Spruce' (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Sunday reflection part 1

Stones

Hard
    Cold
        Rough and angular
                    Grey, dull, discarded and ugly.

 

Smooth
Softened
Bright and cheerful
Precious and beautiful.

A stone can hinder our progress as it blocks our path or it can offer us a foothold over fast moving waters that would sweep us away.

A stone can be a heavy weight we carry like a burden or it can be a polished and sparkling gem that brings joy to others as well as to ourselves.

 

A stone – what is it to you today?  What might it be to you tomorrow?

 

Luke 19: 35 - 40

35They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.36As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38
  ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’
  ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’

39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’

40‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’

Psalm 118: 25 - 29

25Lord, save us!
Lord, grant us success!
26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.
27The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
to the horns of the altar.
28You are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures for ever.

Rachmaninov Prelude Op.32 No.5 in G major (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Sunday reflection part 2

We come to God in prayer:

Lord, save us!
Save us from hard hearts that are unwilling or unable to see the blessings you bring even in the most difficult times.
Lord, grant us success!
Grant success to the scientists who are working to overcome the cold cruelty of the coronavirus.
Lord, save us.
Lord, grant us success.

Loving Lord we pray for all those working on the frontline of the healthcare system who daily put their own lives at risk as they fight for the lives of others.
Lord, save them.
Lord, grant them success.

In the silence we bring before you Lord those who seek healing and wholeness and on whom we ask your light to shine…
Lord, save them.
Lord, grant them success.

In the silence we recall the path of our life journey, the rough stones that caused us to stumble and be afraid and the strong rocks which became footholds that kept us safe…
Lord, save us.
Lord, grant us success.

Lord Jesus we bless you for all that you have done for us, for your journey to Jerusalem and onwards to the Cross.  May we be people who are willing to share the joy of our faith with others; may we be people of praise and thanks for you are good and your love endures forever.

Amen

As we walk the path of Holy Week let us remember that Jesus is the cornerstone of our lives, the one in whom we can place our confidence and trust.

 

1 Peter 2: 4 – 6


4As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him – 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.6For in Scripture it says:

‘See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.’

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Bible readings are from the New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission.
Music: from YouTube under the YouTube licence