Gratitude for God’s Geographic Grace
Listen to the sermon:
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.
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
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.
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
♫ 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.
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.”
♫ 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.
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
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