March 30, 2013

Good Friday Service, 2013 [The image above was created by Stephen Proctor, a visual litrugist and friend.] Welcome/Prayer (ALL): Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your
family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be
betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer
death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen [from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1979.] -------------------- Worship Songs: Here is Love How Deep the Father’s Love There is a Redeemer My Jesus, I Love Thee The Cross Stands Above It All (Tim Hughes) -------------------- The Lord's Prayer (ALL): Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your Name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, Now and forever. Amen. -------------------- Scripture Readings: [NOTE: There are certainly specific texts for Good Friday, however, here is where the "living lectionary" idea comes to play for us. The preacher will choose the text and pair it with OT and NT texts that illuminate the chosen Gospel text. Readers from the congregation will come up to read each text.] OT Reading— NT Reading— Gospel Reading— -------------------- Sermon -------------------- Corporate Confession (ALL): Most merciful God, We confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus...
The Presence of God in Our Worship We often speak of God's presence like it's a commodity, something we can have more of or less of. But the truth is, God's presence cannot be separated from God's person. Here's the best news of all: In Jesus, we have seen the face of God, we have beheld the glory of God. So, why do we beg and plead for God to "show us His glory", when that prayer of Moses came to a brilliant fulfillment in Christ? It is true that through the Spirit, we can experience the power of this reality, and sense the manifest presence of God with us when we gather because of His abiding presence with us. But this experience-- whatever you think it is: warmth, chills, goosebumps-- is not the same as the presence of God Himself. For all who are in Christ, we are not desperately praying for God to "show Himself"....He has! Jesus has come! Instead, we pray that our eyes would be opened, that our ears would hear. We pray that like the disciples on the road to Emmaus we would have eyes to see and hearts that burn because Jesus has revealed Himself through Scripture and Sacrament (this is what happened in Luke 24). When we pray, "Turn your face to me", it's a way of saying that we will turn to Him, that we won't look away from the One who has turned toward us, ever and always, in Christ. For more, watch this 2-minute video on the personal, presence of God: [Note: These videos are part of "The Mystery of Faith Project" and are available as part of the iTunes LP. GET the ALBUM HERE. There's a book that accompanies this project, explaining my journey and many of these concepts. It's only $3 for a limited time....

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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