Archives for March 2012

March 18 Word and Sacrament

Good Friday Tenebrae Service April 6, 7PM

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church

Good Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ. It’s called ‘good’ because of what Jesus’ death means for the redemption of the world. Worship this evening focuses on three aims: (1) to narrate and remember the events of Jesus’ death, (2) to open up the meaning of these events for our understanding of God and the redemption accomplished by the cross, and (3) to invite worshipers to renewed prayer and dedication.

Please enter humbly, worship deeply, and leave quietly this evening with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for you and for the salvation of the world. You will observe a diminishing of light through the service in the pattern of tenebrae worship. Tenebrae means shadows, and so our worship will include an experience of some of the shadows that Christ endured. At the close of the service the bell will toll seven times to represent the fullness of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Cross draped with purple cloth

These Inward Trials by John Newton

I asked the Lord, that I might grow

In faith, and love, and every grace;

Might more of His salvation know,

And seek more earnestly His face.

 

I hoped that in some favored hour

At once He’d answer my request,

and by His love’s constraining power

Subdue my sins, and give me rest.

 

Instead of this, He made me feel

the hidden evils of my heart;

And let the angry powers of hell

Assault my soul in every part.

 

Yea more, with His own hand He seemed

Intent to aggravate my woe;

Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,

Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.

 

‘Lord, why is this?’ I trembling cried,

`Wilt thou pursue Thy worm to death?’

`This in this way,’ the Lord replied,

`I answer prayer for grace and faith.

 

These inward trials I employ

From self and pride to set thee free;

And break thy schemes of earthly joy,

That thou mayst seek thy all in Me.’

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