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Good Friday Service

Good Friday – March 25, 2016

Prelude                                  

Welcome and Announcements

* Opening Litany

L The world is sometimes a very hard place.
C Life can be cruel; people can be unkind; days are often difficult.
L Trying to do the right things the right way is not easy.
C At times, following the way of Christ comes with a high price.
L Struggling against the tug of sin demands steady attention and concerted energy.
C Resisting the temptations of Satan, the world and our own flesh is weary work.
L Burdened and weary, we need a place to rest and be refreshed.
C It is not that we want to avoid what is asked of us or seek to evade the work; we simply need a safe place to pause and rejuvenate.
L God has given you this place.
C We come here to find shelter. We come here to find restoration and renewal.
L Here in this place God delivers his gifts.
C And as he gives them, we are restored, strengthened and encouraged to return to the work we have to do.
L But right now, we simply rest in his presence.
C Right now, we receive what he gives.

Hymn    “Were you There”     Hymnal #288

Gospel Reading … Luke 22:39-48

Message    Pastor Terri

The Great Thanksgiving and foot washing

Gospel Reading … Matthew 27:45-54

Message…. “Broken Curtain”     Pastor Terri               

Confession And Absolution

L Throughout these days of Lent we have contemplated the brokenness of the world and of our own lives. Tonight we are compelled to face the harsh reality of our sin and the brokenness that it brings.
C Lord God, we need your grace. We need your forgiveness. We have failed to follow your will. We have refused to obey your law. We are unable to fulfill your plan. We are crushed under the weight of our sin, and tonight the harsh reality of sin’s horror hangs heavy around us. It is sin that made the cross necessary. It is our sin that required the Savior’s death. Lord, we need your grace. We need your forgiveness.
L It was sin that made the cross necessary, but it was love that drove Jesus to the cross and held him there. It was love for you. Because of his love and his perfect sacrifice, your sins have been covered. The debt has been paid. The burden has been removed. You have God’s grace. You have God’s forgiveness. Amen.

The Passion of Jesus Crist
All depart in silence………………the waiting begins.

March 6 Service

Prelude                                  

*Processional              

In this place, among these people, God is worshipped, God is praised. We have seen the signs and wonders; the lost are found here, the dead are raised. We are living the Gospel story; lives are changed and mountains moved. Won’t you come and work among us? You are welcomed, you are loved.

Welcome and Announcements

* Opening Litany

L When God speaks, God acts. God’s speaking is bound to God’s being.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.
L Jesus is God speaking and revealing himself to us.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.
L Jesus is the Word of God present for us.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.
L Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise, and the assurance that God will keep every promise he has made.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.
L Jesus is the proof that God will do what he has said. Jesus is the comfort and the encouragement that we will share in the completion of all God’s wonderful plans.
C If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He cannot deny himself.

Hymn              “Standing on the Promises”              Hymnal #374

Prayers of the People

Children’s Time        After prayers – Sing the Children Out      

Jesus Loves Me” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

Confession And Absolution

L Talk is cheap. There is an enormous gulf between a word said and a deed done. We know too well the pain of broken promises and the hurt caused by empty assurances. People have failed us. But we know that we also struggle to keep our word. We have caused and continue to cause our own hurt and pain. We have failed others. We have failed God.

C Lord God, I have not been faithful. I have made promises that I could not keep. I have spoken a word of agreement and then forgotten to uphold it. I have given assurances and then failed to follow through. I have committed and then changed my mind when it became difficult. Forgive me for my empty words. Forgive me for my broken promises. Forgive me for being faithless.

L When we are faithless, he remains faithful. God has promised always to forgive the repentant sinner. There is no doubt, then: God knows your failure and your sin, and he forgives you for all of it. Take heart; your failures have all been forgiven. God has promised it, and he always keeps every promise. Amen.

First Reading …       Psalm 15
Second Reading …2 Timothy 2:8-14
Gospel Reading … Matthew 26:30-35, 69-75

Morning Message           Pastor Terri –  “Broken Promises”

The Great Thanksgiving

*Hymn      “Where Charity and Love Prevail”      Hymnal # 549

Prayer and Benediction  

 

Pastor’s Ponderings

At a recent Lenten study, I asked the group, “We know that through grace and love Christ has given us forgiveness and salvation, but what does that really mean to us, what does that really give us?  One man looked at me intently and put his hand over his heart and said, “peace”.  He is so very right!  Those of us who know what the gift of Christ really is, have peace in our hearts.  We try our best to live good lives but we are human and prone to sin.  We know that God our Father loves us beyond measure and wants us with Him but with our sinful natures, we are not fit to be in his presence.  So God, became man in the form of Christ and came to our world to walk among us, to teach us and to, with the sacrifice of His life, save us! We know that His blood has cleansed us of our sin and so we are now fit to stand before God one day.  Knowing that when we go from this life to the next, we will be in the loving arms of God, gives us peace!  

Adam Hamilton’s study on John talks a lot about Christ being the light of the world.  If Christ is the light, then sin and evil is dark and this world is very dark indeed. Recent events in Kalamazoo reminds me of how dark this world is.  Six people dead, two wounded.  No reason, no provocation.  Random acts of EVIL! How dark Kalamazoo got that night!  And in response, those of us who know and carry the ‘light’ have come together to shine the ‘light’.  Churches have opened their doors for special services, prayers were lifted up across the nation, the family and friends of the victims and the gunman are being lifted up in prayer and love.  That’s a God thing and it warms my heart.  But………….

Why do we have to wait for something like this to happen before we see the darkness that we live in?  Why do we ‘hide our light under a bushel’ the rest of the time?  What are we afraid of?  What else could possibly be more important that sharing the love and PEACE of Christ?  

As we complete our Lenten journey, may I ask you to search your hearts and your lives and think about where you shine?  Or where you should shine but don’t?  I don’t want you to do this in a negative or accusatory way; I want you to see where you have missed opportunities so that you won’t miss them again!  I want you to realize how dark the world is around you.  The world NEEDS your light!

A favorite part of our Christmas Eve service has always been the “passing of the light”.  We usually do this at the very end of the service, after we have talked about and quietly celebrated the new baby coming into the world.  After the sanctuary is darkened, I take a light from the Christ candle and bring it down to the congregation who have formed a circle.  Then, as we sing ‘Silent Night’, we pass the light to each other until the whole circle is lit.  The symbolism is that Christ-the-light was born to a dark world of sin and that as we come to Him, we too have His light and that if we pass it around to our neighbors and friends, we can cut the darkness and light the world.  

Folks, the darkness of our sinful world is threatening to overtake us!  It is time for us to stoke our flames and get about the business of passing the light!  May the Peace of Christ be with you all as you proceed to set our world on fire!!!!!  

Shalom.

Announcements and Stuff

Holy Week Services

There will be a Maundy Thursday service at Shelby UMC at 7pm on Thursday, March 24th.  This short service will include a time of Communion and you will also have an opportunity to participate in a foot (or hand) washing.  

On Good Friday, March 25th at 2pm, Claybanks UMC will have a service that will include Communion, foot (or hand) washing and then will proceed to Good Friday activities like the stripping of the altar.  Shelby UMC will have their Good Friday service at 7pm.  

Both churches plan to have a ‘sunrise’ service on Easter Sunday, March 27th. They both also plan a special Easter breakfast and an Easter Celebration service. At Shelby the services will be as follows:  Sunrise service at 9:00, Breakfast at 9:15, Celebration service at 10:00.  Claybanks services will be:  Sunrise service at 10:30, Breakfast at 10:45 and Celebration service at 11:30.

Please invite your friends and family to these worship opportunities!  We have room for lots and lots!!!!

Lenten Bible Study

We continue through March to use a study by Adam Hamilton on the book of John. We meet on Monday nights at Claybanks UMC at 6:30.  Our study will finish on Monday, March 21st.  We will begin a new study by Adam Hamilton (he has become a favorite) called “Revival” on Monday April 11th.  “Revival” is a six-week video journey to England, through John Wesley’s land, life, ministry and teachings.  The book is both informative and inspirational and will help us to re-energize as Methodists! As Methodists, Wesley’s story is our story, this study will help us to define our faith and challenge us to rediscover our spiritual passion.  

I will have the sign-up sheet out soon.  Please be sure to sign up if you are interested so we order enough books (we ran out last time) .  

Movie Night!

On the weeks between our Small Group studies, we will be having a church wide, community wide MOVIE NIGHT!  We have really enjoyed the two we have had in the past and have a plethora (look it up-tee hee) of movies that we want to watch! So on Monday, March 28th and Monday, April 4th, we will get together at 5:30 at Claybanks UMC for a potluck supper and then a movie.  Bring a date, bring a friend, bring a casserole!  We hope to see you there!

Card Party!

No, not that kind of Card Party!  Lol.  Many of you have been coming to the Card MAKING parties that Carol Adams has been hosting.  Carol has brought out the creative juices in many of us who thought that we didn’t have any!  We have made some really beautiful Christmas cards, Valentine’s cards, Sympathy and Thinking-of-You cards, to name a few.  Carol has graciously agreed to keep doing these events as long as there is an interest.  Our next one is scheduled for Wednesday March 16th at 2pm at Claybanks UMC.  EVERYONE (Claybanks or Shelby, member or friend) is invited!  Bring a snack to share if you want, but come and enjoy a couple of hours in fellowship and fun!

Calling all Kids!

Are you a little confused about what happens on Holy Week and Easter?  Want to learn about what Holy Week and Easter is really all about?  Then get your folks to bring you on Saturday, March 19th to Shelby UMC!  From 10am to 1pm we are going to be having an event JUST FOR YOU!!!  It’s the “Egg”cellent Easter Event!!!  In our VBS like atmosphere, we will learn about Holy Week and Easter through stories, crafts and song!  And as good Methodists…….there will be FOOD!  Invite your friends to come too!  Pam and Karissa will have some pre-registration forms for you to fill out so that we are sure to have enough food and supplies (and help).  Hope you can all come!

Calling all Kids-AT HEART!

We are going to need helpers for the “Egg”cellent Easter Event!!!  Pam and Karissa are working hard to put this together but without help it won’t happen. We will need a couple of teachers and lots of helpers.  We also will need folks from both churches to transport the kids to the church and then home.  And, we will need some food donations (watch for the list coming soon).  We want this to be a fun and educational experience for all of the kids so that when they go with their parents to Holy Week services, they will understand a little better what is happening.  Also, there are many many children in our community who don’t go to church regularly and may not have much of an idea of what Holy Week is.  We hope to reach them and teach them!  Please prayerfully think about how you can help and then give Pam Mitteer (861-6581) or Karissa Pease (893-2388) a call. This is a place where we can pass on our light!

Thank you, Thank you!

Just a quick update on the used ink cartridge/ toner collection.  So far I have received $27 in rewards money from Staples for recycling empty ink cartridges/toners that members have been bringing into the office.  That’s $27 we’ve been able to spend on office supplies that hasn’t been taken out of our general budget!  I have many more to turn in but there is a limit of ten per month. Please continue to help the church as well as the environment by bringing yours in for recycling and I’ll continue to take them to Staples (10 per month ) to help cut our office expense.

March Nursery

March 6 – Liz Grossman
March 13 – Kathy Ohman
March 20 – Joyce Twiss
March 27 – Doris Graham

CUMC Website

Don’t forget to check out our website at www.claybanksunitedmethodist.com. Luanne is updating it weekly.  Stop by and leave her a note to let her know what a good job she’s doing.

 

 

Upcoming Scripture and Sermon Topics

March 6 – “Broken Promises” – Matthew 26:69-75 – 4th Sunday of Lent

March 13 – “Broken Justice” – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 – 5th Sunday of Lent

March 20 – “Broken Majesty” – Zechariah 9:9-10 – Palm Sunday

March 24 – “Broken Sanctuary” – Luke 22:39-48 – Maundy Thursday
7 pm Service at Shelby UMC

March 25 – “Broken Curtain” – Luke 2:39-48 – Good Friday
2 pm Service at Claybanks UMC & 7 pm at Shelby UMC

March 27 – SUNRISE

March 27 – “Broken Seal” – Matthew 27:62-66 – CELEBRATION