Worship @ The Open Church
Good Friday: March 29, 2013
“At the Table”
Gwynn Oak United Methodist Church
A Centering Thought
“Jesus of Nazareth could not be tamed…and so he…had to be wiped out, hung on a cross in the dust and the heat and the flies. Those who cannot be tamed are disturbers of the universe, and without them we would be infinitely poorer. But because they are a threat to the control of local governments they must be put down, ruthlessly.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle (with Carole F. Chase)
Call to Worship
Leader: But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
Congregation: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
Leader: I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
All: As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
Hymn of Praise: “Down at the Cross”
Verse 1: Down at the cross where my Savior died, Down where for cleansing from sin I cried, There to my heart was the blood applied; Glory to His name!
Refrain: Glory to His name, precious name. Glory to His name, precious name; There to my heart was the blood applied; Glory to His name!
Verse 2: Come to this fountain so rich and sweet; Cast thy poor soul at the
Savior’s feet; Plunge in today, and be made complete; Glory to His name!
All: Faithful God, we stand in the dim shadows of the cross, longing for resurrection. But today we pause to remember the pain of the cross, and the pain of the crosses we have faced. We pause to cry for the Sudan and for more than one-third of the African continent suffering from HIV/AIDS. Our hearts are heavy for Syrians slaughtered in civil war and for our youth caught in the crossfire of gang wars and turf battles in Baltimore. As the disciples wept on that fateful day so long ago, we weep for the Savior and for the tree, and for all other forms of execution the empires of this world have fashioned to maim bodies and murder dreams.
One: We cry for our ecology: birds slick from oil, forests decimated causing mudslides and runoff, air polluted from our disdain for the creation that cries with us. As those first disciples wondered whether that fateful day was the end of their dreams, we are afraid that our dream of a just, nonviolent world is fleeting and in peril of death.
All: Help us, God, as we live in the tension between this death and your seeming silence, the time after the crucifixion and before the resurrection—in the name and pain of the Crucified One. Amen.
Prayer Response: “Lead Me to Calvary”
Verse 1: King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be; Lest I forget Thy thorn crowned brow, Lead me to Calvary.
Refrain: Lest I forget Gethsemane, Lest I forget Thine agony; Lest I forget
Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary.
Verse 2: Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid, Tenderly mourned and wept; Angels in robes of light arrayed, Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.
Koinonia: A Care-Full Community (Koinonia is the New Testament word for “fellowship.”)
Offering: We give with open-handed generosity because when we give, we are most like God.
Prayer of Thanksgiving: We thank you, Lord, for these gifts. Amen.
Wisdom from the Scriptures: Matthew 26:36-44
Song of Preparation: “He Looked Beyond My Fault”
Sermon: “The Contents of the Cup”
Invitation to Discipleship and Membership: “No, Not One”
There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus: No, not one! no, not one! None else could heal all our souls’ diseases: No, not one! no, not one!
Refrain: Jesus knows all about our struggles; He will guide ’til the day is done: There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus:
No, not one! no, not one!
Foot Washing: John 13:12-17
Sisters: After he washed the disciples’ feet, he put on his robes and returned to his
place at the table. He said to them, “Do you know what I’ve done for you? You call
me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you speak correctly, because I am.
Brothers: If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash
each other’s feet. I have given you an example: just as I have done, you also must do.
I assure you, servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent
greater than the one who sent them.
All: Since you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.
Purpose Pledge: We live on purpose. We love on purpose. We lift on purpose.
Closing Song: “Oh, It Is Jesus”
Oh, it is Jesus; Yes, it is Jesus; It’s Jesus in my soul; for I have touched the hem of his garment,
and his blood has made me whole.
“When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives….” (Mark 14:26)
The benediction will be given on Resurrection Sunday….
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