April 2, 2021
Narration: Mark 8:31-38
Reflection: Isaiah 30:8-15
Affirmation: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 31
Q: Why is Jesus called Christ, that is, Anointed?
A: Because he is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who fully reveals to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of his body has redeemed us, and ever liveth to make intercession for us with the Father; and our eternal King, who governs us by His word and Spirit, and defends and preserves us in the redemption obtained for us.” (Schaff, Creeds 3:317-318).
Adoration: Man of Sorrows (TH246)
ANOINTING AND BETRAYAL
Narration: Mark 14:3-11
Reflection: 2 Samuel 15:1-12
Adoration: O Sacred Head Now Wounded (TH247)
Narration: Mark 14:12-31
Reflection: Exodus 12:33-39; 13:1-10
Adoration: Not All the Blood of Beasts (TH242)
Prayer of Praise
Narration: Mark 14:32-42
Reflection: Psalm 13:1-6
Adoration: Tis Midnight and on Olive’s Brow (TH249)
BETRAYAL AND ARREST
Narration: Mark 14:43-52
Reflection: Psalm 55:1-23
Adoration: God Be Merciful To Me (TH486)
Narration: Mark 14:53-65
Reflection: Exodus 23:1-8
Narration: Mark 14:66-72
Prayer of Confession
Adoration: Come Ye Sinners Poor and Wretched (TH472)
Narration: Mark 15:1-5
Reflection: 1 Peter 2:13-25
Affirmation: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 38
Q: Why did Jesus suffer under Pontius Pilate, as judge?
A: That he, being innocent, might be condemned by the temporal judge, and thereby deliver us from the severe judgment of God to which we were exposed.
Narration: Mark 15:6-20
Reflection: Isaiah 50:4-11
Adoration: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (HOG80)
Narration: Mark 15:21-32
Reflection: Zechariah 13:7-9
Prayer of Thanks
Adoration: Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted (TH 257)
Narration: Mark 15:33-41
Reflection: Romans 3:19-31
Affirmation: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 39-40 (Schaff, Creeds 3:320-321)
Q39: Is there anything more in his having been crucified than if he had died some other death?
A39: Yes; for thereby I am assured that he took on himself the curse which lay upon me, because the death of the cross was accursed of God.
Q40: Why was it necessary for Christ to suffer death?
A40: Because, by reason of the justice and truth of God, satisfaction for our sins could be made no otherwise than by the death of the Son of God.
Adoration: See the Destined Day Arise (HOG298)
Narration: Mark 15:42-47
Reflection: Revelation 5:1-14
Affirmation: Heidelberg Q&A 41-43, 56
Q41: Why was he buried?
A41: To show thereby that he was really dead.
Q42: Since, then, Christ died for us, why must we also die?
A42: Our death is not a satisfaction for our sin, but only a dying to sins and entering into eternal life.
Q43: What further benefit do we receive from the sacrifice and death of Christ on the cross?
A43: That by His power our old man is with Him crucified, slain, and buried; that so the evil lusts of the flesh may no more reign in us, but that we may offer ourselves unto him a sacrifice of thanksgiving.
Q56: What does thou believe concerning the forgiveness of sins?
A56: That God for the sake of Christ’s satisfaction, will no more remember my sins, neither the sinful nature with which I have to struggle all my life long; but graciously impart to me the righteousness of Christ, that I may nevermore come into condemnation.
Adoration: Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross (TH264)
Dismissal in Silence