Guided Worship Service - April 2, 2021
This week I am reminded of the disappointment and frustration the disciples experienced the first Good Friday. This was The Messiah after all! He has come to restore Israel! Then Friday came. The disciples were confused and disappointed at the loss of their Lord. Much like the disciples, this week we may feel disappointed or frustrated at the state of things. We need to remember that in all things God is in control! We may experience discouragement on Friday, but Sunday is only days away! I would encourage you this Good Friday to bring these things to The Word. Give them over to Christ, our redeemer.
Take a moment to read and reflect on John 18-19 (the account of Jesus' death). Read from your own Bible at home, or follow the link posted here.
Discuss the passage with your family/group or contemplate on your own as you look back over the passage you just read. Use these questions as a framework or dive in with your own as appropriate for your group.
What does this passage reveal about God?
What does this passage reveal about people?
Look back over each of the sections in these two chapters. Why did the author include each of these sections? Why are they significant?
Jesus knew the sacrifice he was making on our behalf, and he called us to remember this gift in a specific way. As followers of Jesus, we remind ourselves of Christ's body and blood that were given up for us using bread and wine. Together with the Church all over the world, let's read Jesus' words, pray our praise and gratitude for his sacrifice, and take the elements.
He (Jesus) took bread and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."
-Luke 22:19-20 (NIV)
As we conclude, we want to cover the Church and the community with prayer. God is as faithful today as he was at the cross over two-thousand years ago, so let's lift up our prayers.
For the Church around the world - that ministry would be potent in this continued time of crisis
For God to reveal the ways we can serve right now
For those who don't know the Lord - that they would come to a saving knowledge of Christ's sacrifice during this season
Thank you Jesus for who you are, what you've done, and what you're doing right now. Amen.
Come back to visit greenlakecalvary.org on Sunday at 10:30am for our Easter Service. God bless you!