The Death of Jesus
 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (ESV)
Call to Worship
Sing to the LORD a New Song
 Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
 Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
 Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation. (ESV)
Prayer of Confession
O Lord, You who are all-merciful, take away my sins from me and enkindle within me the fire of Your Holy Spirit. Take away this heart of stone from me and give me a heart of flesh and blood, a heart to love and adore You, a heart which may delight in You, love You, and please You, for Christ’s sake. Amen.
Heavenly Father, many times we have spoken the same words as Jesus had, “Father, why have you forsaken me.” At times, the pain, anxiety, or doubts have felt like You had abandoned us. But You are faithful and true. It might seem silent as You have gone before us to lead us through our pain and sin. Remind us that when we walk through these dark valleys, You are with us, therefore we have no reason to fear. Remind us that You are faithful to lead us in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Remind us that You will make us lie down in green pastures, and lead us beside still waters. You are faithful and will restore our soul in times where we feel beat down and exhausted by sin and this world. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. We thank You that Jesus was forsaken that we might be brought near and called Your beloved children. You are a good Father and will never forsake your beloved children. Let us cling to this truth. In Jesus name, Amen.
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