Things that Crucify

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Dear Christ Church,

“For the things that crucify Christ and wreck the whole world are the common sins of every day—self-centeredness, pride, apathy, cynicism, slackness, unkindness, every temptation put in another’s path, every wasted opportunity, every pitiful compromise of which we are ashamed – these are the nails and the spear-thrust and the cross. And will anyone deny, with Jesus hanging there, that sin is the critical enemy, the most dangerous insatiable thing in the world, and that they personally need to be forgiven?” These words of James Stewart bring me back from the abstractions of evil to the problem of me, to self-examination. I am a sinner, desperate for the mercy of God. Every day. And thank God we know that such mercy will rain down upon us every single day, even moment by moment, because Christ emptied himself on the cross and rose victorious over sin and death.

Join us tonight at 7:30pm for our Good Friday service, as several parishioners share vulnerably from their own sorrows and suffering, identifying with the seven last words of Jesus from the cross. Please note that some of the content of the personal testimonies may not be suitable for children and pre-teens (think of the service as “PG-13”). The service should be about the length of The Prince of Egypt (the story of Moses, the Passover, and the Exodus), just right if you are live streaming and need to plan an alternative activity for your children in another room. You can find all Good Friday and Easter Sunday (7am, 9am, 11am) service information here.

If you’re registered to join us for onsite worship Sunday, don’t forget to bring fresh cut flowers for the flowering cross. This is a wonderful tactile way to involve the little ones too!

Peace, Cliff+