In The United Methodist Book of Worship we have a worship service centered on the seven last words (really “phrases”) of Jesus from the cross. These words are traditionally amplified from a harmony of the Gospel passion story. Many churches celebrate this service as the “Devotion of the Three Hours” from noon on Good Friday to 3:00 P.M.
This Lent, because of both the prominence and consequence of Jesus’ last words, we will explore the ideas and emotions behind Jesus’ words as a Lenten Worship Series. We began our Lenten on Ash Wednesday and the following titles and texts we provide now so that you may study along as a time of your Lenten devotion.
- Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do (Ash Wednesday).
- Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
- John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.
- Matthew 27:46: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
- John 19:28: I thirst.
- Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
- John 19:30: It is finished.
Come and worship as we study these words of Jesus and then go into the world to serve in mission.