There’s nothing worth more,
that will ever come close nothing can compare,
You’re our living hope
Your Presence Lord
I’ve tasted and seen, of the sweetest of Loves
Where my heart becomes free, and my shame is undone
In Your Presence Lord
Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your Glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your Presence Lord
Let us become more aware of Your Presence
Let us experience the Glory of Your Goodness
Call to Prayer
One: Jesus offers a new-old commandment, that we should love each other.
Many: With the incredible power and the unfathomable depth of God’s love for us we can, we must, love one another.
One: And it is in this our love for one another that the world will know who we are.
Many: Come, children of God, let us love one another.
One: Forgive us, Lord, for forgetting your sacrifice and for thinking your grace is cheap.
Many: Forgive us, Lord, for using the cross as a trinket, forgetting the agony it represents.
One: Forgive us, Lord, for taking our worship for granted, forgetting the struggle that has assured its freedom.
Many: Forgive us, Lord, for being calloused to human cruelty, forgetting that every victim is a child of God.
One: Forgive us, Lord, for being nonchalant about injustice, forgetting that it still nails innocence to the cross.
Many: Forgive us, Lord, for thinking that sacrifice is obsolete, forgetting that we still contend against the powers of evil.
One: Receive our prayers offered in all humility, as we remember and honor Christ our Lord who prays for us still.
Luke 22:7-23 (NRSV)
7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.” 9 They asked him, “Where do you want us to make preparations for it?” 10 “Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.” 13 So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
14 When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. 15 He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. 21 But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. 22 For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” 23 Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.
“ten” by slats from queering lent
I wanted to write a poem
That would show you our broken hearts.
That would help you trace the wounds and feel the hurts
Because if you only experienced that once,
Everything would change
And you couldn’t do this to us
But tonight i gathered around the table
(after a day of debating who should be allowed there,
Which isn’t really a question that’s ours to answer
With other broken people
But also – the same table,
When every single person gathered there had,
At one point,
“You do not belong here.”
And there we were.
And the one breaking the bread
And pouring the cup
Had been told those symbols were too sacred for them.
That if we held them,
We would make them unclean.
And there we were.
And we shared and laughed
With juice-stained fingers
And cumbs that fell on our shirts
And we rejoiced because,
Despite everything we had been told:
God was there, too.
Is the joyful feast of the people of God.
“Child of God”
Prayers of the People
One: May you listen to your longing to be free.
Many: May the frames of our belonging be generous enough for our dreams.
One: May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart.
Many: May there be kindness in our gazes when we look within.
One: May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
Many: May we allow the wild beauty of the world to gather us in, mind us, and embrace us in belonging. Amen.
“Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)”
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found
was blind but now I see
twas grace that taught my heart to feel
and grace my fears relieved
how gracious thee that grace appear
the hour I first believed
My chains are gone I’ve been set free
my God my Savior has ransomed me
and like a flood God’s mercy reigns
unending love amazing grace
Blessing: adapted from “For Belonging” from To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue
Call to Prayer: adapted from a prayer by by Katherine Hawker, and posted on Outside the Box. http://liturgyoutside.net/
Prayers of the People: adapted from https://re-worship.blogspot.com/search/label/Good%20Friday
Confession: adapted from a prayer posted on Life in Liturgy, from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/