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Infinite, intimate God;
this night you kneel before your friends
and wash our feet.
Bound together in your love,
trembling, we drink your cup
and watch.
Amen.

Gospel Reading - The Garden of Gethsemane

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36Then Jesus brought them to a garden grove, Gethsemane, and told them to sit down and wait while he went on ahead to pray. 37He took Peter with him and Zebedee’s two sons James and John, and began to be filled with anguish and despair.

38Then he told them, “My soul is crushed with horror and sadness to the point of death . . . stay here . . . stay awake with me.”

39He went forward a little, and fell face downward on the ground, and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup be taken away from me. But I want your will, not mine.”

40Then he returned to the three disciples and found them asleep. “Peter,” he called, “couldn’t you even stay awake with me one hour? 41Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For the spirit indeed is willing, but how weak the body is!”

42Again he left them and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot go away until I drink it all, your will be done.”

43He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy, 44so he went back to prayer the third time, saying the same things again.

45Then he came to the disciples and said, “Sleep on now and take your rest . . . but no! The time has come! I ama betrayed into the hands of evil men! 46Up! Let’s be going! Look! Here comes the man who is betraying me!”

. . . . .Matthew 26:36-46
  1. literally, “The Son of Man is.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.