SUNDAY (July 5, 2020)
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” (Zechariah 9:9–12)
The prophet Zechariah gives his people a foretaste of what is to come. The children of Israel will behold their king, Jesus, riding on a donkey. A king who is not a mighty warrior—though He is that. A king who is not interested in self-promotion—though He does that for our sakes. A king who rides majestically in His humility before His ultimate humility on the cross.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Mike, O Lord, and teach him to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest and the full joys of Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.