Today's "Daily Bread" from St. David's

Good Friday -  April 10, 2020
 

Daily Bread"It was now about noon,
and darkness came over the whole world
until three in the afternoon,
while the sun's light failed;
and the curtain of the temple was torn into two. 
Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said,
'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.'  
Having said this, he breathed his last."

 

(Luke 23:2344-46)


For me, the above stained glass window at St. David's makes me think of Good Friday and the story of Jesus' crucifixion - with the hammer and nails and the inscription "INRI" ("Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum" meaning "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews").  And on this holy day, we join with Christians around the world to pause and to contemplate mysteries at the center of our faith ... and, as we say in our Good Friday liturgy, "to behold the life-giving cross, on which hung the salvation of the whole world," ... and to ponder the universal significance of this one, solitary life. To aid in your contemplation today, I share the following poem attributed to Dr. James Allen Francis:

    He was born in an obscure village,
        the child of a peasant woman.
    He grew up in still another village,
        where he worked in a carpenter shop
        until he was thirty.

    Then for three years
        he was an itinerant preacher.
    He never wrote a book.
    He never held an office.
    He never had a family or owned a house.
    He didn’t go to college.
    He never visited a big city.
    He never traveled two hundred miles
        from the place where he was born.
    He did none of the things
        one usually associates with greatness.
    He had no credentials but himself.

    He was only thirty-three
        when the tide of public opinion turned against him.
    His friends ran away.
    He was turned over to his enemies.
        and went through the mockery of a trial.

    He was nailed to a cross
        between two thieves.
    While he was dying,
        his executioners gambled for his clothing,
        the only property he had on Earth.
    When he was dead,
        he was laid in a borrowed grave
        through the pity of a friend.

    Twenty centuries have come and gone,
        and today he is the central figure
        of the human race,
        and the leader of humanity's progress.

     All the armies that ever marched,
        all the navies that ever sailed,
        all the parliament that ever sat,
        all the kings that ever reigned,
        put together have not affected
        the human life on Earth
        as much as that

       One Solitary Life.


My God be with you on this most holy of days.
 

                                                                     -  Pastor Micah

 
Good Friday Message
We're not recording services at St. David's 
for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday,
but we are sharing links to messages
from our Synod's staff.Our preacher for Good Friday
is Rev. Becca Seely
- MNYS Candidacy Coordinator.
***  Click on the above image to hear the message. 
The video premieres at 7:00 p.m. on Good Friday.
 
 
 

Daily Song

***  Click on the image to the left to hear the song.
 

Good Friday has always held deep meaning for me. Even as a child, I was always in awe of the gravity and stark solemnity of this particular day. The bleakness of the altar, stripped of all adornment. The palpable sense of sadness that hung like a veil over the entire service. But the thing that struck me the most was the silence. The almost otherworldly, all-encompassing silence.  We entered in silence, and we left in silence, all in respect for the suffering and death of Christ on that day.Silence played a huge part on that first Good Friday as well. Not from the angry crowds or the jeering guards, but from those closest to Jesus. The disciples ran away. Peter denied Jesus not just once, but three times. While watching the Son of God be arrested, tried, beaten and spit upon, no one said a word in his defense. They stood in silence as this greatest of all injustices took place. The brutal sound of silence...Yet injustice can take many forms. Bullying, racism, inequality - all pervade our society today and chip away at the core of our humanity.Jesus’ life and ministry revolved around helping the least fortunate, the ones rejected or abandoned by society, the ones least able to defend themselves. And as followers of Christ, we are sent out to follow in His footsteps, showing mercy and compassion, modeling love instead of hate, and defending those who cannot defend themselves.Good Friday can serve as a powerful reminder that we all must stand up to injustice in the world, whenever and wherever we find it. Far too often we remain silent, feeling awkward or frightened, or just as if it’s “not our place.“ But as Christians, if not us, then who?So on this Good Friday, some food for thought...What if we had been there that day?
Would we have said something? Would we have stepped in? Would we today?If not us, then who?

 

“'Fools,' said I, 'You do not know
Silence, like a cancer, grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you'
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells, of silence”


- Bethany

 
 

Daily Prayer


O sacred head, now wounded,
   with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
    with thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred head, what glory,
    what bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
    I joy to call thee mine.
 
How pale thou art with anguish,
    with sore abuse and scorn;
how does thy face now languish,
    which once was bright as morn!
Thy grief and bitter passion
    were all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
    but thine the deadly pain.What language shall I borrow
    to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
    thy pity without end?
Oh, make me thine forever,
    and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
    outlive my love to thee.Amen.
 

Text: Paul Gerhardt, 1607–1676

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around the block of St. David's,
starting at the telephone pole
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