Holy Week Worship Resources
From our Pastor David….
COVID 19 SERVICES
For Holy Week and beyond I recommend designating a place in your house as your worship space. If you are watching the recorded services on YouTube it is important that you are able to see your computer or Ipad from your worship space. With candles or other accessories try to add your own touch to this space.
Before the service either collect a small branches from outside or make a palm branch. A design can be found at http://www.dltk-bible.com/crafts/mpalm.htm.
Gather Light a candle to acknowledge God’s presence with you.
L: Jesus rides into Jerusalem P: Hosanna! (wave branches)
L: Branches are waved, people shout! P: Hosanna! (WB)
L: Hopes and dreams are running along the parade! P: Hosanna! (WB)
L: Shout and sing for joy! The Lord Comes! P: Hosanna in the highest! (WB)
L: Come, now is the time for dancing and joy! P: Hosanna in the highest! (WB)
L: Now is the time of victory, for the Lord comes into our lives!
P: Hosanna in the highest (WB) Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
Proclaim Matthew 21:1-11 (read along in your own bible
Message (If you are not watching the service, reflect on the scripture)
Caught between joy and despair we yearn for the fulfillment of God’s desire beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life. We offer thanksgiving for God’s presence with us and petitions for the transformation of the church and the world.
(Spend a few moments sharing your prayers to God)
Life giver, pain-bearer, love maker, day by day you sustain the weary with your word and gently encourage us to place our trust in you. Awaken us to the suffering of those around us; save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt; give us grace to share one another’s burdens in humble service. Amen
Offering (We can still send our offerings to the church for ongoing ministry)
And now we lay down the palm branches (lay down your own branch). And with them we lay down our belief that there is another way for you to be God.
As the last echo of the final alleluia fades, so does our hope that this journey can end in any other way, The week stretches ahead – glory-less and pain-full.
Whether we walk with faith or none we look towards the cross, knowing it is both the most human and most divine of all journeys. Travel the road with courage, with love and with the uneasy peace that is the gift of faith into this holiest of weeks. Amen.
(Written by Cheryl Lawrie)
The Agape Meal, also known as the Love Feast, is a meal of Christian fellowship with ancient roots. It is connected historically to the Eucharist (Holy Communion, Lord’s Supper) but differs in important ways, especially in that the food and drink shared in the Agape Meal are not understood to be the body or blood of Jesus, there are no Words of Institution, and no clergyperson is needed to preside.
Since we are not gathering for communion I invite you to participate in an Agape Meal. This service can be shared alone or with those in your hosehold.
(Before you begin collect the following items)
Bread or rolls or crackers,
Glass(s) of water or juice of any flavor
Bowl of water and towel.
Words of Greeting
Gathered with his disciples in the Upper Room the Lord grows troubled. Darkness grow; betrayal is at hand.
Can we watch with him?
Can we be the friends at his table?
Can we be the companions who journey with him to the end?
Prayer of Confession
Beloved, Christ Jesus shows us his love by becoming a humble servant. Let us draw near to God and confess our sin in the truth of God’s Spirit.
Most merciful God, we confess that often our spirit has not been that of Christ. Where we have failed to love one another as he loves us, where we have pledged loyalty to him with our lips and then betrayed or denied him, forgive us we pray. (Time for silence)
For times we have failed to trust you and allow fear to rule our hearts (pause)
Forgive us we pray.
For the time we have failed to offer grace or mercy to one another (pause)
Forgive us we pray.
For the times we have turned away from the lives and work to which you call us.(pause)
Believe the good news: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Scripture John 13:1-8, 12-15 John 13:33-35
(Footwashing is sometimes used by churches as part of the Maundy Thursday service. To help remember what Jesus did in the Upper Room to model service, we are invited to wash our hands. The following words can be shared after our hands are washed and dried)
As Jesus washed the feet of his friends, so we wash our hands, asking that the Holy Spirit may also wash our hearts, preparing us for a new life of service in Christ’s name.
Passing Food and Drink
As we now eat the food and beverage that is before us we say:
Sharing, we abide in God’s love.
(When we eat and drink may we remember those we are connected to through Jesus)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
We thank God, for even in the wilderness, you provide what we need: even when we doubt you, you are faithful; even as we turn away, you abide with us. May we know the fullness of your presence at every meal and in all our sharing.
May we be one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
There will be a video posted on our YouTube channel of me talking about the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus. Many Good Friday services are organized these last words that Jesus said from the cross. Those words are:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
“Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
“Behold your son…Behold your mother.”
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
“Today, you will be with me in paradise.”
It is finished.”
Though many Good Friday services begin at noon, feel free to watch whenever it is best for you. If you do not have access to the internet, read one or more accountings of the crucifixion.
Those are found in Matthew 27:27-54, Mark 15:16-39, Luke 23:26-47 John 19:13-30
Look out for one of the last words in your reading. Reflect on its significance.
One hymn often sung at Good Friday services is “Were you There”
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”
In the remaining verses “they crucified my Lord” is replaced with:
“They nailed him to the tree”
They pierced him in the side”
“The sun refused to shine”
“They laid him in the tomb”
I invite you to read or sing this hymn.
Blessings to you on this Day we remember the extent of God’s love for us!