Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011 at Tapestry of Hope

Here is a little glimpse into what happened at Tapestry this past Sunday. I have been wanting to do this for some time now so I guess Easter Sunday is a great day to start it.

It really seemed that the place was buzzing with excitement this Sunday. Tal had found a video that we thought would be a great way to kick off our worship gathering but it is one of those videos where we wanted everyone to be watching from the beginning. So, I gave a quick welcome to get everyone’s attention and then we played this video.

G.O.S.P.E.L. from Humble Beast Records on Vimeo.

The check cleared and that is why we gather here to worship every Sunday evening. If Jesus can beat death there is no problem we can bring him that is too big for him.

We then all stood for a responsive reading of Psalm 118. I read the Psalm aloud and we all read together the parts in bold.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
Let those who fear the Lord say,
"His steadfast love endures forever."
Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
The Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

SONG – Come and Listen

SONG – I Will Sing of My Redeemer

Matthew 28:1-10 (The Message)

SONG – You Are My King

VIDEO – What is the Bible Basically About?

SERMON – Love of a Different Kind

SONG – In Christ Alone

As we moved toward communion, we confessed our sins together using “The Great Confession.”

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.

Casey then read the words of institution from the Book of Common Prayer and then asked us question 45 from the Heidelberg Catechism, encouraging us to read these words aloud together if we believed them.

How does Christ's resurrection benefit us?
First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, so that He could make us share in the righteousness which He had obtained for us by His death.
Second, by His power we too are raised up to a new life.
Third, Christ's resurrection is to us a sure pledge of our glorious resurrection.

During the benediction Tal again reminded us of the love of God for us that he chose us and he is coming back for us to complete the wedding and prayed that the peace of God be with us as we leave.

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