Gratitude for God’s Geographic Grace

Gratitude for God’s Geographic Grace

Gratitude for God’s Geographic Grace

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2015 Gratitude for God's Geographic Grace Berea Lutheran Church

Good Friday

Good Friday, April 3, 2015 (6:30 p.m.)

Song by Choir – “Ave Verum” (Jesu, Word of God Incarnate) Mozart
(Director: Cathy Augustin)

Jesu, Word of God incarnate Of the virgin Mary born. On the cross Thy sacred body For us men with nails was torn. Cleanse us by the blood and water Streaming from Thy pierced side.  Feed us with Thy body broken Now, and in death’s agony. Now, now and in death’s agony.

Opening Hymn LSB 425 : When I Survey the Wondrous Cross link

The Invocation

P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

Our Lenten Expression Of Repentance & Faith

C: Lord Jesus, as we again hear and meditate upon the Passion Story, we see ourselves in Your disciples. Beset by trials and temptations, fears and failures – we also are slow to understand, prone to doubt, even in various ways denying and betraying You. Yet, Your covenant of love and mercy has not failed us. The Lord laid upon You the iniquity of us all. Lamb of God, pure and holy, Who on the cross did suffer, all sins You bore for us, else had despair reigned over us. Have mercy on us. O Jesus.

The Absolution

P: Lent brings us the assurance from heaven that “God has seen the suffering of His Son and is satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you” (Matthew 9:2).

Sung Response (Hymn LSB 435, V 1 & 4: Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain link )
♫  Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, Sinners ruined by the fall;
Here a pure and healing fountain  Flows for you, for me, for all,
In a full, perpetual tide,  Opened when our Savior died.

They that drink shall live forever,  ‘Tis a soul renewing flood.
God is faithful, God will never  break his covenant of blood,
Signed when our Redeemer died,  Sealed when He was glorified.

The Good Friday Passion Story (According To The Four Evangelists)

Our Lenten Creed (Luther’s Explanation To The 2nd Article)

      I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true Man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil – not with gold or silver, but with His holy precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death. All this He did that I should be His own and live under Him in his kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. Just as He is risen from death, lives and rules to all eternity. This is most certainly true.

Hymn LSB 436 : Go to Dark Gethsemane link

Gratitude for God’s Geographic Grace

The Sin-Drowning Sea

Micah 7:19 “He will have compassion on us and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depth of the sea.

The Fearless Valley

Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; For You are with me, your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

The Life-Blooming Desert

Isaiah 51:3 “For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it; Thanksgiving and the voice  of melody.”

Lovingkindness In The Midst Of Waterfalls

Psalm 42: 7-8 “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me – a prayer to the God of my life.”

The Mountains Of Mercy

Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from You, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed’, says the Lord, Who has mercy on you.”

The Soul-Satisfying Stream

Psalm 42: 1-2a “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

The Hill of Golgotha

John 19: 16-18 “Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him – one on either side and Jesus in the middle.”

Our Sung Response (Hymn LSB 440 V 1: Jesus, I Will Ponder Now link )

Jesus, I will ponder now   On Your holy Passion; With Your Spirit me endow  For such meditation. Grant that I in love and faith  May the image cherish
Of Your suff’ring, pain, and death  That I may not perish.

The Offering

Our Good Friday Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 420 (V 1, 6-7): Christ, the Life of All the Living link

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