Preliminary Heart Prep for Easter:
Sing your way to Easter! This preliminary heart prep post describes each of our three services and provides links to some of the music we may sing. The final worship planning will take place as the week goes along, and we’ll post a final heart prep for each of the services. Some of these might end up in a different service, and the services may not include all the songs we’ve listed, and certainly will include others, but we pray that this list will whet your appetite for the blessing of song.
Maundy Thursday Service
The text for this service is Isaiah 52:13-53:9. We will focus on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus as depicted in this text. This will, of course, be a communion service, and we are planning a personalized approach to the communion table that we hope will make Christ’s sacrifice meaningful to you. Here are some of the worship songs we may be singing:
Via Dolorosa – Leeland. I don’t usually like videos that use the more graphic ‘passion’ movies, but this one, that uses ‘The Gospel of John’ is pretty good.
If you don’t like graphic content, here’s a version with just the album cover and lyrics in the notes: Via Dolorosa
Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted, No visuals, but wonderfully powerful. Sing this!
My song is Love Unknown Another great interpretation by Fernando Ortega
Before the Throne of God Above Selah version.
The Sunrise Service will feature a visit from the Apostle Peter. He hasn’t been with us since 1998, so his story will be new to most of us. Also, he quotes from Isaiah 53 in 1 Peter 2:22-25.
The Easter service will focus on Isaiah 53:10-12, one of the places where the resurrection of the suffering servant shows us most clearly! We’ll celebrate his resurrection:
Second Chances – Rend Collective Experiment. Ok, I’ll admit it: this is one that, this year, has “kissed me on the nose, wrestled me to the ground, sat on my chest and grabbed hold of my heart.” “Countless second chances we’ve been given at the cross!”
The official music video is kind of fun too!
Worthy is the Lamb from Messiah. This is the way to do a lyric video for Handel!
We still don’t have a video for this: we should probably make one! Here’s a short audio file: Look, Ye Saints, The Sight Is Glorious