Dear Brothers and Sisters, Friends and Neighbors, Visitors and Guests:
Calvary Church remains closed as per the request of Governor Hogan and the guidance of Bishop Easterling. Please continue in your prayers, in safety for yourselves and one another, and discover ways to reach out with phone calls, notes, emails, letters with those around you. Please note that the pastors and staff are available via email (
) and phone (410-268-1776).
Since we are unable to see each other in worship, one way we can stay connected is through our Lenten collective reading of the Gospel of John. You are welcome to send me your thoughts and reflections.
Read John 19
We are in the midst of the last hours of Jesus' earthly life. Was it not a short time ago that the crowd shouted, "Hosanna, hosanna. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord?" Now the crowd shouts, "Crucify him, Crucify him!" Was it not a short time ago that Palm branches and cloaks were spread on the ground as Jesus approached Jerusalem? Now, no coat or shouts of praise. Instead, a crown of
thorns is placed on his head.
Jesus is in front of people who can condemn him or free him. Sometimes he speaks; other times he is silent. Can you feel the tension?
Read how Pilate labels Jesus and how soldiers gamble for his cloak.
With sadness and reverence, note the experience of the crucifixion: the three sets of words from the cross that Jesus speaks; the drink he is offered while on the cross; those who are present and those who are not present at the last moments; and then read what happens to the body at very last.
Notice the names of two who help care for Jesus.
You have met one already- Nicodemus from John 3.
Sing/Pray the words of this favorite hymn :
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?...Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?...Were you there when they pierced him in the side?...Were you there when the sun refused to shine?...Were you there when they laid him in the tomb...Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble were you there...
In the darkest days we have hope, for you and I know the 'rest of the story.'
Thanks be to God.
(with poetic license towards the Hymn: What Wondrous Love is This)
Let us pray:
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul; what wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse of death for my soul. What wondrous love is this, O my Lord, O my Lord; who laid aside your crown of Glory for the salvation of my soul. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul: you, the Lamb of God; you, the Prince of Peace; you, the Good Shepherd; you, the bearer of my burdens; you, the Master of my future; you, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. O Lord, please bless all of your children on this earth with health and wholeness, with love for you and our neighbors, with safe passage through this crisis, and grant us peace.
In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
As you read John, know others are reading the same passage & be blessed.
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