Easter: Empty chairs, tables, and a tomb

Easter: Empty chairs, empty tables, empty tomb

He is risen! Start at timestamp 4:38 to skip the set up.

He is Risen!

Mark 16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Resurrection of Jesus

16 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and.

May we all share in the joy of the resurrection in new and different ways.  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Amen

See my Mind Map below that outlines the message.

Good Friday April 2020

ST. ANDREW’S, ST. LUKE’S, EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCHES OF CANADA

April 10th, 2020

Good Friday Service




Hebrew Reading:  Mark 15
ST. ANDREW’S, ST. LUKE’S, EMMANUEL
UNITED CHURCHES OF CANADA
Email: dmsminister@gmail.com
Designated Lay Minister: Barbara Creelman  
Phone: 613-333-9894
April 10th, 2020
Good Friday
 
WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD
Musical Prelude
We prepare our hearts for worship
Welcome – Lighting of the Christ Candle
Centring Prayer
 
 
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD FOR US
 
Story of Jesus:  Mark 15
 
25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.            
 
29 Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.
 
Message:  What’s so good about Good Friday?
 
·         Good Friday also known as
·         God’s Friday
·         Long Friday
Good because the death of Jesus was the final sacrifice for all atonement needed
Feels like a Long Friday to me.  Dark day today; dark themes in our scripture; dark world we like in.
We have time today, as we shelter in place, in the sanctuary of our homes, to prayer, to meditate on what is being sacrificed today – the health of those who work to care for others, those who continue to supply our needs. 
 
 
The Death of Jesus
33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land[f] until three in the afternoon. 34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36 And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he[h] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
 
It is finished (the candle is extinguished)
 
Music:  I know who holds tomorrow
              He giveth more grace
 
Our prayers for the world in turmoil, for our friends and family separated from us, for all who care for us.
 
Good Friday? Yes it is.  What good to you find in this day?
 
Hymn:  Jesus keep me near the cross
1 Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain;
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.
Refrain:
In the cross, in the cross
Be my glory ever,
Till my ransomed soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
 
2 Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the Bright and Morning Star
Shed His beams around me. [Refrain]
 
3 Near the cross! O lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With its shadow o’er me. [Refrain]
 
4 Near the cross! I’ll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever;
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river. [Refrain]
 
Public Domain 1869
*Benediction
Friday ends but Sunday is coming….
 
 

Good Friday?

*Benediction

Friday ends but Sunday is coming….

Palm Sunday or is it Psalm Sunday?

Message given – live worship service

Live Worship 5April2020 DMS Pastoral Charge, from the Manse in Denbigh, ON

Hebrew Reading:  Psalm 23

Point form of the message shared today followed by my Mind Map:

  • Palm Sunday but no palms, no parade
  • No grand celebrations
  • No one singing or shouting Hosannas – no one saying “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord
  • Perhaps we are still shouting, “Hosanna”
    • Save me, save us during this time of sheltering at home

In times of fear or distress, in times of needing comfort and hope we often turn to the 23rd Psalm.

  • Beautiful imagery
    • Green pastures
    • Calm still waters
  • The protection of the rod and staff
  • We can picture the table – filled with blessings
  • We can picture the over-flowing cup

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me – surely, for sure, for certain – our hope is steadfast in this knowledge.

Dwelling in God’s house forever.

  • the promise that Jesus gives us – in my Father’s house there are many rooms
  • We dwell in God’s house
    • At home
    • In our communities
    • Eventually in our church buildings once again

Regardless of our levels of fear, concern, or even boredom we have faith in the Good Shepherd who cares for us – always and forever.

Be confident in your Hosannas!

  • Not only today, Palm Sunday but every day
  • God hears our cries, our prayers both, in dark times but also in our joys.

So yes, Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!

Amen.