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Weekly Bulletin for April 19 , 2019 – Good Friday

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PRELUDE

CALL TO WORSHIP
We have reached the central weekend of our faith
We gather to tell the story and remember.
Today we walk with Jesus on that final walk to a cross on a hill.
God challenges us to see the horror of the story and remember.
God is here
and so we worship and remember.

LIGHTING THE CANDLES

As the darkness deepens, as the story gives us chills, we light candles to bring light and heat to a world that is too often dark and cold.
May their light remind us of the hope that lies beyond the shadow

OPENING PRAYER
God, today our hearts are challenged.
Today we remember the capacity of humanity to work against your hopes for the world.
God we know that the world is a place where sinfulness and power can work against love and life.
God we know that we are a part of that equation, and not always on the best side
Today as we pause to remember the story,
open our eyes to see the crosses in our world today, awaken in us a burning desire to turn from sinfulness and live as people of love.
And when we go from this place to wait and watch and reflect,
keep the spark of hope and love alive in our souls, keep us aware that the powers of the world will not have the final say.
God of love and life,
make us people of love and life, even in the face of the cross. Amen.

 Gathering Hymn: O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile                    # 136 Voices United

  WE HEAR AND REFLECT ON THE STORY

7 Words From the Cross

 Word #1 Luke 23:33-35
Reflection
Prayer

A Candle is Extinguished

 Word #2 Luke 23:39-43
Reflection
Prayer

A Candle is Extinguished

 Word #3 John 19:25-27
Reflection
Prayer

A Candle is Extinguished

 Hymn: VU153 When the Son of God Was Dying

 Word #4 Mark 15:33-35
Reflection
Prayer

A Candle is Extinguished

Word #5 John 19:28-29
Reflection
Prayer

A Candle is Extinguished

 Word #6 John 19:30-34
Reflection
Prayer

A Candle is Extinguished

 Ministry of Music Man of Sorrows

 Word #7 Luke 23:44-46
Reflection
Prayer

THE CHRIST CANDLE IS PUT OUT

The deed is done, it is completed, the mourning has come.
And so we blow out the last candle, hoping against hope that it will once again burst into flame.

WE GO OUT TO MOURN AND WAIT

Hymn VU147 What Wondrous Love is This

The Story Concludes
Luke 23:50-56

COMMISSIONING:
The Shadow has fallen, the powers and principalities have won the day
Can this really be the end?
We go out with heavy hearts, the Messiah of God has been laid in a stone cold tomb.
This can’t really be the end. Can it?
In the darkness of mourning we wait and we watch.
Trusting and hoping that Dawn will come again.
Go with God.

 

 

 

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March
Bulletin March 3, 2019
Bulletin March 10, 2019
Bulletin March 17, 2019
Bulletin March 24, 2019
Bulletin March 31, 2019

April
Bulletin April 7, 2019
Bulletin April 14, 2019
Bulletin April 19, Good Friday 2019