What wondrous love is this, O my soul...
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul...
When I was sinking down, sinking down...
When I was sinking down beneath God's righteous frown
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul for my soul...
"Come, Holy Ghost" (Veni Creator Spiritus, 9th Century, arr. Bruce Benedict, Ray Mills)
Lyrics in the video
Declaration of Trust & God's Greeting
People of Jesus Christ, in whom are you trusting?
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Grace, mercy and peace to you
in the name of the father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit
"Our God Our Help in Ages Past"
You have heard what was written about Jesus in Scripture:
how he would suffer and die
and then rise from the dead on the third day;
how, through his death and resurrection,
the forgiveness of sin is now possible for all who repent.
So let us boldly approach the throne of God,
where we will find grace and mercy.
Prayer of Confession (Source: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison: After Ten Years: An Account at the Turn of the Year 1942-1943.)
We can truly share only in a limited measure in the suffering of others.
We are not Christ, but if we want to be Christians
it means that we are to take part in Christ’s greatness of heart,
in the responsible action that in freedom seizes the hour and faces the danger,
and in the true sympathy that springs forth not from fear
but from Christ’s freeing and redeeming love for all who suffer.
Inactive waiting and dully looking on are not Christian responses.
Christians are called to action and sympathy
not through their own firsthand experiences
but by the immediate experience of [others] for whose sake Christ suffered.
It is infinitely easier to suffer in obedience to a human command
than in the freedom of one’s very own responsible action.
It is infinitely easier to suffer in community with others, than in solitude.
It is infinitely easier to suffer publicly and with honor,
than in the shadow and in dishonor.
It is infinitely easier to suffer through putting one’s bodily life at stake
than to suffer through the spirit.
Christ suffered: in freedom, in solitude,
in the shadow and in dishonor, in body and in spirit.
Since then, many Christians have suffered with him.
that we have chosen ease over the cost of discipleship,
indolence over action,
we have turned away from injustice,
all the while knowing that Christ’s hands and feet are our own.
Lord, have mercy on us. Amen.
Words of Assurance Psalm 22:23-24
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
Even if all others reject you, God will not shut you out in anger or abandon you.
Trust in the Lord, and it will be credited as righteousness.
God will save you—body, mind and spirit,
and enfold you in the wings of mercy.
Friends, in Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven; be at peace.
"Be Still My Soul with What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (Selah)
You are invited to pray as you listen or sing to the following song...
Sharing Christ's Peace
Because God has given us his peace, we are invited to share the peace of Christ with others. Whether digitally through a text message or by turning to someone next to you, share the peace of Christ now with the words: "The peace of Christ be with you!" If you are on the receiving end of these words, you are invited to reply, "And also with you."
The Peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you!
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Scripture Reading Revelation 2:8-11 Janna Kooi
Message: "Willingness to Suffer' David Bast
Series: Dear Church
"Beneath the Cross of Jesus" (Getty Music)
Lyrcis in the video
Service of Communion
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
*Select and click one of the communion liturgies below...
(The prayer below is after receiving the communion elements)
Prayer of Thanksgiving (Psalm 103-unison, aloud)
Since the Lord has now fed our souls at his Table, let us therefore jointly praise his holy name with thanksgiving and everyone say with mouth and heart:
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor requite us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear him.
Who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, and will also give us all things with him.
Therefore shall my mouth and heart show forth the praise of the Lord from this time forth forevermore. Amen.
Closing Song: "The Solid Rock" Lyrcis in the video
And now, to Jesus Christ, who loves us
and freed us from our sins by his blood
and made us to be a kingdom,
priests of his God and Father,
to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.
Evensong in the Lot
(singing, scripture, prayer)
Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m.
(Also available on your car radio from the parking lot)
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