Handing Over 05.08.22

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Pre Worship Audio (10:15am)

Music 1/Call to Worship (10:30am)    Billy/Abbie/Rick

    Man Of Sorrows

    Empty Tomb

    Crown Him With Many Crowns

Prayer                                                                    Petty

Scripture            Luke 24:1-12                              On Line-Isaiah

Music 2 – SpecialRedeemerBilly & Abbie

Message        Handing Over                         Rick

Congregational Response

    Benediction                                                    Peyton

Music 3     It Is Well                                  Billy & Abbie

Community (Gallery View)                              Rick

Closing Peace                                                    Rick

Closing Audio

Words and Voices

Welcome/Music 1

Man Of Sorrows 

CCLI Song # 6476063, Brooke Ligertwood | Matt Crocker

Spoken Word adapted from Craig R. Koester, Professor and Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament

[This is the fourth Sunday of Easter, we look to Luke’s Easter story which begins with the obvious: Jesus is dead, and his followers naturally assume that death is final. The women come to the tomb because that is where they last saw the body of Jesus. They desire to show proper respect so they bring the spices to anoint the body of Jesus. This is what you do to a body after death. While we are tempted to enshrine Jesus’ body, the best we can do is to treat it with respect and say goodbye. Relegating Jesus to a memory – an insightful teacher, a fiery prophet, and a compassionate healer are accurate memories but they seem insufficient. As with the other three, the resurrection story of Luke begins with an empty tomb, a missing body.]

Verse 1

Man of sorrows Lamb of God

By His own betrayed

The sin of man and wrath of God

Has been on Jesus laid

Verse 2

Silent as He stood accused

Beaten mocked and scorned

Bowing to the Father’s will

He took a crown of thorns

Chorus

Oh that rugged cross my salvation

Where Your love poured out over me

Now my soul cries out hallelujah

Praise and honour unto Thee

[Again, there is a mysterious message from mysterious messengers for the women, a message that runs counter to what they think they know to be true. “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has been resurrected”. The women are told that Jesus is alive, however, Jesus is no where to be seen. All that they have is the word of these unknown messengers. The fact that Jesus body is unseen, neither dead or alive, creates an Easter experience that comes uncomfortably close to our own – we too do not see a body. It would have been so much easier if the women would have seen the resurrected Jesus, it would so much easier for us to see the resurrected Jesus.The empty tomb does not change our perspective, instead it just makes everything more confusing. Our situation is identical to situation of that first Easter: all were/are given a message of resurrection, a message that looks nothing like what is seen.]

Verse 3

Sent of heaven God’s own Son

To purchase and redeem

And reconcile the very ones

Who nailed Him to that tree

Bridge

Now my debt is paid

It is paid in full

By the precious blood

That my Jesus spilled

Now the curse of sin

Has no hold on me

Whom the Son sets free

Oh is free indeed

[Let’s be honest, the only logical response to such a message is unbelief. Experience teaches that death is permanent. But, the Easter message says that Jesus lives. When such contradictory claims collide, it only makes sense to continue affirming what we already know. This is what Luke reports next. The women bring the message of resurrection to the others, and they respond as thinking people regularly respond: they thought that the message was “an idle tale, and they did not believe them”. Now, unbelief does not mean that we believe nothing. Rather, it means that they believe something else. We say “I don’t believe it” because there is something else that we believe more strongly. Yet, the Easter message challenges our certainties. Our experience is that even the strongest succumb to death. Our experience teaches that life is what you make it, so get what you can while you can now. The Easter message asks each of us, “How can you be so sure?”]

Verse 4

See the stone is rolled away

Behold the empty tomb

Hallelujah God be praised

He’s risen from the grave

Chorus

Oh that rugged cross my salvation

Where Your love poured out over me

Now my soul cries out hallelujah

Praise and honour unto Thee

[The Easter message calls us from our old belief in death to our new belief in life. The tomb could not hold Jesus, Jesus has been resurrected. The apostles were convinced that the message of resurrection was nonsense, an “an idle tale”, aferall, death is death, death is final. Yet Peter had to go and take a look for himself, wondering “What if it is true?” Thousands of years later, we continue to take the footsteps of Peter. We have heard the rumor that Jesus is alive and have come to hear it for themselves: “What if it is true? What if death is not final? What if Jesus is actually present? What if Jesus meets me here? What difference would that make?” What if God, even today, is still asking us “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”]

The Empty Tomb 

CCLI Song # 5822058, Donna Norton | Phil Mehrens

Verse 1

Where is dark Where is death

Where is sadness grief fear

Where is doubt Where is loss

Where is deepest despair

Chorus

The empty tomb fills life with hope

My Savior lives Jesus my Lord

Resurrection pow’r

no grave could hold

The Son of God bursts forth

Behold the empty tomb

Verse 2

Here is light, Here is life

Here is truth to proclaim

Here is joy, Here is might

Here is love that overcame

Chorus

The empty tomb fills life with hope

My Savior lives Jesus my Lord

Resurrection pow’r

no grave could hold

The Son of God bursts forth

Behold the empty tomb

Crown Him With Many Crowns

CCLI Song # 23938, George Job Elvey | Godfrey Thring | Matthew Bridges

Verse 1

Crown Him with many crowns

The Lamb upon His throne

Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns

All music but its own

Awake my soul and sing

Of Him who died for thee

And hail Him as thy matchless King

Through all eternity

Verse 2

Crown Him the Lord of life

Who triumphed o’er the grave

And rose victorious in the strife

For those He came to save

His glories now we sing

Who died and rose on high

Who died eternal life to bring

And lives that death may die

Verse 3

Crown Him the Lord of love

Behold His hands and side

Rich wounds yet visible above

In beauty glorified

No angel in the sky

Can fully bear that sight

But downward bends

each burning eye

At mysteries so bright

Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

Amen.

(Matthew 6:9-13 KJV)

Scripture 

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12

Music 2/Special 

Redeemer

CCLI Song # 3149757

Nicole Mullen

Verse 1

Who taught the sun where

to stand in the morning

And who told the ocean

you can only come this far

And who showed the moon

Where to hide ’til evening

Whose words alone

can catch a falling star

Chorus 1

Well I know my Redeemer lives

I know my Redeemer lives

All of creation testifies

this life within me cries

I know my Redeemer lives

Verse 2

The very same God that

spins things in orbit

He runs to the weary

the worn and the weak

And the same gentle hands

That hold me when I’m broken

They conquered death

to bring me victory

Chorus 2

Now I know my Redeemer lives

I know my Redeemer lives

Let all creation testify let this life within me cry

I know my Redeemer

Bridge

He lives to take away my shame

And He lives forever I’ll proclaim

That the payment for my sin

Was the precious life He gave

But now He’s alive

And there’s an empty grave

Chorus 3

And I know my Redeemer He lives

I know my Redeemer lives

Let all creation testify

That this life within me cries

I know my Redeemer

Ending

I know my Redeemer lives

I know my Redeemer lives

I know my Redeemer lives

He lives He lives

Message – Handing Over 

Today, on this fourth Sunday of Easter, we look at our fourth gospel account of the resurrection. Over the course of these four weeks, we have accepted the invitation to stand outside the empty grave, to experience the hopelessness mixed with an equal amount of hopefulness. A moment of increased confusion overwhelmed by an inexplicable holy clarity. A moment experienced by, and largely because of, a group of women who had every reason to be afraid and confused. A group of oppressed, belittled, and dismissed humans who rationally needed to be hiding behind closed doors, but chose instead to venture out to the very place they very much did not need to be – the tomb.

A unique aspect of our Easter journey this year has been our realization of the significant part played a group of women. We have seen them in every one of the tomb accounts.  Throughout he narrative of Jesus’ life we see Jesus’ time spent speaking God’s truth to a group of men. However, we have possibly seen even more holy moments in holy lessons in his time with these women. We cannot deny his acts of acceptance, affirmation, welcoming, and embrace to this group of humans who were culturally relegated to the margins of society by those who bore the pronouns He and Him.

Theoretically, nothing in the resurrection accounts was, or is, a surprise. But when our theory collides with our reality, the reality of it cannot help but be surprising.  The truly intriguing question of the death and resurrection is, [Slide] ’Why did only the woman initially go to the tomb?’

For Luke, his story of the cross and the resurrection is not an ending or a beginning, nor is it a climax – Luke’s gospel, followed by his continuing narrative in Acts, is an account of, what is best encapsulated in the words of the apostle Paul, [Slide] “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Paul was in the business of telling of the new creation proclaimed in the moment of Jesus’ resurrection.  A new creation that brings the people of God, not to a place of isolated individuality but to the new creation of commonality, a collective community of individuals and their unique relationships with God centered on Jesus. Luke presents God’s work of bringing together a community based on the loving and redemptive nature of God – Luke is, in essence, articulating the journey of the Church – Our Journey.

So, we return to our question – [Slide] “Why did the woman go to the tomb?’

Before we can answer that question it is helpful if we first spotlight the major revelations of the cross/resurrection moment.

  1. [Slide] The crucifixion and the resurrection can only be understood when we replace our flawed perception of God as a Punitive God with the correct understanding that God is the Redemptive God.
  2. [Slide] Jesus’ death via the cross does not make us a cleaned up and corrected version of our selves, but, instead it makes us a new creation, the creation we were meant to be at creation.
  3. [Slide] These women had the story to tell because they were not satisfied at only seeing the empty tomb, they stuck around until they saw Jesus. They were the first believers, and in the course of following they became the ‘quae apostoli ad apostolos’ – the apostles to the apostles, paving the way for the male apostles to be culturally acceptable messengers to the world.
  4. [Slide] The accomplishment of the Cross, affirmed in the empty grave, is the our story to tell.

So, again, we return to our question, [Slide] “Why did the woman go to the tomb?’

The Answer – [Slide] The men were not ready to see the resurrected Jesus, because they were still stuck with a punitive God. They sat in fear of the world, but also of God. A God who knew of their failed faith, their acting out of fear, their forgetfulness of truth. Jesus knew of Peter’s denial, he could not help but see their absence at the cross, he remembered that they had argued over their own importance, he was fully aware of their abandonment of their rabbi when their theories met the harsh reality of the cross. It only made sense to now expect retribution of the punishing God because they knew that they deserved punishment.

The punitive God was who they had met at the arrest of Jesus, as well as what they had heard about at the cross. That would be the God awaiting them at the tomb, a mad God, who needed to kick some butt, their butt. A God who is out to get us is the God who can control and manipulate a humanity that sorely need a cosmic bully. Why do to the grave when the principal is waiting there with his paddle?

Modern Evangelical Christianity, something that came out of a holy desire to tell our story, morphed into formulaic manipulation of a flawed version of God, empowers itself on the words of the Apostle Paul,  [Slide] “The wages of sin are death.” This word wages has become that paddle in the principal’s hand, which is the flawed view of God that comes out of our erred understanding of God.

[Slide] The problem is that wages are not a punishment – wages are a previously agreed upon payment for actions. We do not accept a job without first agreeing on a salary, the wages for our efforts, our actions. Our wages are the goal of our work, not the punishment for our actions. [Slide] When we turn from God we choose to no longer let God be our God, we accept a new wage contract – death (because we are unable to sustain life.) [Slide] Wages as Punishment is a flawed understanding that brings us to a terribly mistaken view of God’s act on the cross, paralyzing us when it is time to go to the tomb.  [Slide] God’s actions at the cross are not punitive, because God never doles out punishment, even when He is angry. God is redemptive, His actions on the cross are redemptive, he buys out our contract where we are paid death, [Slide] God pays for our death with a death, and, in turn, gives us life. Eternal Redemption is an exchange that only God is cosmically able to pay the price.

[Slide] God’s redemptive act of Handing Jesus over for the payment of our death, recreates us as a new creation.

This past week I got mustard on my favorite blue shirts. I love this shirt as evidenced in the fact that there are three of them in my closet. So, when I became aware of the great mustard travesty, I was determined to save my shirt.

I quickly shouted it out using the spray kept over the washer. Later that evening, Andrea yelled out a question for the utility room “What did you do to your shirt?” I reminder her of her system of treating mustard stains to which she came out the room holding up my properly sprayed shirt. The problem was, I had someone sprayed Clorox Clean Up instead of the spot remover. I am unable, and actually no one is able, to fix the problem. I am considering just spraying the entire shirt giving me a dodgy white shirt, but the idea has been met with some skepticism. The truth is that I cannot make this shirt back to what it was, I cannot undo the Clorox consequences. The only thing I can do is to cover it up with another color or, just give in and go full hog on a cloroxed shirt.

Our human problem that can be fixed with a human solution. And, equally true, we cannot redeem ourselves. We are unable to reconcile our relationship with God. We cannot make ourselves anew. However, God can, God did, God does.

[Slide] The Israelites saw see the sin and guilt ritual offerings as a prerequisite to receiving God’s forgiveness. They thought that performance of these rituals assured God’s continued presence.

[Slide] Many of us still hold this perception of God. We allow flawed narratives to pervert our relationship with God. However, God invites us daily to forge our own understanding of him through our own learning and growing experiences with God.

[Slide] Jesus came to reframe how to be in relationship with God, others, and each ourselves. Jesus taught a consciousness that is a relational experience with the Lord that supersedes the law. 

[Slide] Many Christians perceive themselves to be in relationship with God, when really they are in relationship with a man made Biblical narrative. It is time for many of us to release our flawed thinking of this punitive God and get to know the Redemptive God.

[Slide] God’s act of handing over Jesus on the cross, his show of love invites us daily to forgive ourselves and each other, balanced with holding ourselves and each other accountable. Love aids us in healing through our traumas. It is time for us to liberate our punitive image of God.”

Rev. Kyndra D. Frazier, LMSW, M. Div. NYC Hope Center, FCBC Harlem

The women had come to a corrected view of God, not has a Punitive God, but instead, as a Redemptive God. They could not help but see God this way, because they saw that Jesus this way.

The women go to the tomb without expectations, they go because that is where Jesus is, or so they think. When they discover Jesus is absent, they refuse to leave, instead they wait. They are waiting for their Messiah just as they have done since they first chose to follow Jesus.

Here is where we are confronted with the irony of the cross and resurrection story – they have the story to tell not because of what they saw but what they did not see.

[Slide]  “Jesus’ absence unexpectedly points to his presence. Jesus’ absence empowers the women to speak boldly and faithfully on his behalf, and they do.

[Slide] Their proclamation that Jesus is present (even though all they actually first saw was an absent Jesus) — their message that Jesus is alive on earth is an act of redemptive remembering, a recalling of Jesus’ earlier teachings. They seek to draw together a community that has been dismembered and torn apart.

[Slide] The women’s experience reminds us that when we love God, our neighbor, and ourselves with our words and our actions, we render Christ visible in a world where the divine seems absent. We draw community together, instead of being pulled apart by fear, confusion, grief, and distress.

[Slide] When we draw attention to a deeper reality that is often hard to remember, believe, or see, —God is still present and working. Death does not, and will not, have the last word. That good news is what Christians proclaim when we say that Christ is resurrected. He is no longer in the tomb.

Michal Beth Dinkler, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn.

  1. God is the Redemptive God.
  2. In Jesus, we are a new creation creation.
  3. These women had the story to tell because they stuck around until they saw Jesus.
  4. This is our story to tell.

Let’s PrayResponse – Verbal Congregational Response 

Leader: Our God is the mighty God of mercy, the artist of the resurrection dawn, bringing the glory of our resurrected Lord who makes every day new.

Response: We exist in gratefulness for our mighty God.

Leader: We are grateful for our mighty God’s sustaining goodness of creation, for the new creation in Christ and all the gifts of healing and forgiveness . . . for the gifts of relationship with others . . . for the holy collective of faith in God’s church.

Response: May we never cease to be amazed at the moments of seen and unseen thanksgivings.

Leader: May our God of might renew this weary world, heal the hurts, bring peace through our Resurrected deliverer Jesus Christ.

Response: May our God who is truth and light renew our world weary of war and hatred.

Leader: May we recognize God’s calling to the church to be agents of peace, to address hunger, to provide shelter, to stand against racism, and to strive to give all people, and people groups, a voice. May we be disgusted by racism, may we be alarmed at nationalism, may we be disturbed by the church as it forgets Jesus’ love, mercy, compassion, and embrace.

Response: May we live in the present and resurrected Jesus, may we humbly love mercy and justice.

Leader: May we stand at the empty tomb, trusting that our resurrected Jesus is present even when everything looks like he is absent. May we live in the new day of the resurrection, the victorious proof of God’s love, the hope that carries us from every valley and over every mountaintop.

Response: May we allow Jesus to be present in, and through, us. Convicting us of the sins of hatred, racism, selfishness, dismissal, arrogance, judgment, and condemnation.

Leader: May we recognize that we live and walk in a world that God created, may we always remember that we live and walk amongst the humans that were created out of God’s love. May we remember that love is not just for us and those that are like us.

Response: God, may we be free flowing rivers of God’s mercy and compassion.

Response – Music 3

It Is Well With My Soul

CCLI Song # 3366183, Horatio Gates Spafford

Verse 1

When peace like a river

attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot

Thou hast taught me to say

It is well, It is well with my soul

Chorus

Leader: It is well

Response: It is well

Leader: With my soul

Response: With my soul

All: It is well, It is well with my soul

Verse 2

Tho’ Satan should buffet

Tho’ trials should come

Let this blest assurance control

That Christ hath regarded

My helpless estate

And hath shed His own blood

For my soul

Chorus

Leader: It is well

Response: It is well

Leader: With my soul

Response: With my soul

All: It is well, It is well with my soul

Verse 3

My sin O the bliss

Of this glorious tho’t

My sin not in part but the whole

Is nailed to the cross

And I bear it no more

Praise the Lord Praise the Lord

O my soul

Chorus

Leader: It is well

Response: It is well

Leader: With my soul

Response: With my soul

All: It is well, It is well with my soul

Verse 4

And Lord haste the day

When the faith shall be sight

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll

The trump shall resound

And the Lord shall descend

Even so it is well

With my soul

Chorus

Leader: It is well

Response: It is well

Leader: With my soul

Response: With my soul

All: It is well, It is well with my soul

Community

  • Next Sunday, May 15, Moved, Luke 7:11-17
  • Alternate Signer Affirmation, Larry Leighton
  • Pray Peace. Prayers for Ukraine – donation link at GFNorman.com
  • Asking questions is the Easter thing to do!

Peace

As you leave this place, may the peace of the Lord, go with you.

And also with you.

We gather here because of God’s love for us, we go from here because of God’s love for everyone out there. Go in the peace of the Lord.

Published by rickanthony1993

Husband of Andrea, Father of five, pastor of Grace Fellowship Norman OK.

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