Easter, He Is Risen!, April 12, 2020, John 20:1-18

HE IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN, INDEED!! PRAYER OF PREPARATION Living God, on the first day of the week you brought to birth a new creation through the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. Fill us with the hope and joy of new beginnings, so that we may share the good news of your liberating, life-giving […]

Good Friday Worship, April 10, 2020

Good Friday Worship Notes Greeting Meaning of Tenebrae Opening Prayer The Shadow of the Agony of the Spirit Reading: Matthew 26:36-44 The Shadow of Arrest Reading: Mark 14:43-49 The Shadow of Desertion Reading: Mark 14:50, 66-72 The Shadow of Accusation Reading: Matthew 27:11-18, 21-26 The Shadow of Crucifixion & Humiliation Reading: Matthew 27:27-37 The Shadow […]

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, John 12:31-35

Opening Prayer Holy God, We are caught in the tension of light and shadow, death and resurrection.You spoke the world into being, you illuminated the universe by your very speech, then filled the void with life. Indeed, you have filled the void of darkness and death, the empty promises of the abyss, with new life […]

Palm Sunday, April 4, 2020, Isaiah 50:4-9a,Matthew 21:1-11

Isaiah 50:4-9a 4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher,[a] that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6 I gave […]

Late One Night, March 8, 2020, Psalm 121, John 3:1-17

Second Sunday in Lent PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION God of great love, you alone can take away the sting of sin and remove the venom of death. Show us a sign of your saving power in Jesus Christ, so that we may believe in him and receive the gift of eternal life; through Christ, our healer […]

Temptation, March 1, 2020, Psalm 32, Matthew 4:1-11

“In an age of quick-fixes, fast food, instant gratification, and Internet communication, the Lenten tradition seems like an ancient practice that is out of step with the age. Lent promises no immediate result, no instant answer, no dazzling communication from on high. Rather Lent is a call to disciplined inquiry and patient searching after the presence of God”.