March 24, 2013

Preparing for Holy Week: Song Ideas for Good Friday and Easter There are so many great worship songs about the cross and forgiveness and the sacrifice Christ made for us. And there are so many wonderful songs about the resurrection and the victory of God over sin, and death, and evil. Two, in particular, that have stuck in my head this week are Paul Baloche's hauntingly beautiful song, "Your Blood Ran Down" and Tim Hughes's new anthem, "The Cross Stands Above It All." I want to just add a few more songs to your ideas for Holy Week. Three are brand new, and two were previosuly released but are included as bonus tracks on The Mystery of Faith LP. Each video includes a link to the chord chart for FREE. For GOOD FRIDAY: "We Confess"-- a song of confession and repentance, based on the prayers of confession in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The chorus, which comes after two verses of confession, is sung from God's perspective, announcing His forgiveness to us. (For a picture of what it would look like to sing is antiphonally, with people facing each other, check out this "live" video.) Download the chord chart: "Forgiven Forever"-- a song thanking God for the "once-and-for-all" forgiveness He provided for us through the blood of the lamb. The bridge contains an anthemic refrain based on Romans 8, declaring that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ. Download the chord chart: ------------------------------------------------------ For EASTER: "Our Messiah Reign"-- a brooding anthem naming Christ as the long-awaited Messiah, the world's true Lord, who broke the curse of death, rescues the prisoner, and comforts the broken. Based on Isaiah 61 and Luke 4, the song culminates in a simple chorus giving glory to the Lamb who died and rose again. Download the chord chart: "Victorious...
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...

Glenn Packiam

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

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