On a Friday Afternoon

Some were there when Jesus, bloody and bruised, climbed the hill to the Place of the Skull. The women, wailing along with the infants in their arms; Simon of Cyrene, forced to carry the cross beam that Jesus could no longer bear; the chief priests and scribes and elders re-writing the narrative in their heads,…

Good Friday Worship, 2015

Good Friday, April 3, 2015 Peace Mennonite Church Welcome and Introduction Hymn: Abide with me  Call to Worship We are Jesus’ disciples, following him even as he moves toward the cross. Even as he wraps a towel around his waist. Even as he kneels to wash the filth from the feet of his friends. We…

Good Friday Reflection

Today I have a post up over at Practicing Families. As many of you know, the texture of Good Friday is different in the shadow of a loved one’s death. May the God of darkness and deserts and whispers be known to you in the emptiness and grief of this day.  

Good Friday Worship

This is the Good Friday service I put together for this year. We will again be using a script put together by a church member that simply pulls out the dialog of the passion story. I find this to be a powerful reading, though it could be confusing for people unfamiliar with the story. You…

The Week Ahead

Holy Week tends to be pretty hard on pastors–or at least on me.  There is, of course, the practical aspect of organizing and leading extra worship services. (Between today and next Sunday there are seven worship services in which I have a significant part.)  More worship services means more sermons to write, more music to…