Reading and Prayer – Sunday, February 28

Luke 22:7-8; :14-20

Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.”

When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”

Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

Prayer 

Holy and loving God, as we worship you today,

we long for your Spirit to both comfort and challenge us,

to help us become more holy and more loving.

Be with us, O holy God, as we continue our 

Lenten journey to the cross.

Sharpen our focus, that our attention

may center more on you than ourselves.

Lead us through the shadows of darkness and prepare our hearts,

that we might be a people of prayer,

ready to perceive and respond to your Son and our Savior, 

Jesus Christ.

In a world that does not understand repentance,

we pray for new understanding, humility, 

patience, and discipline

that will help us die to sin and live for Jesus.

Amen.