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Good Friday Devotional

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo.  Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment.  Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Siblings of Christ, we’re already immersed in the spiritual atmosphere of Holy Week.  On the evening of Holy Thursday, we entered the Easter Triduum.  From yesterday, Maundy Thursday, until Sunday we will live the central days of the Liturgical Year, celebrating the mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord.  And we live this mystery every time we celebrate Holy Communion.  When we go to church, we do not go only to pray, no, we go to renew, to bring about again, this mystery, the Paschal (Easter) mystery.  It is important not to forget this.  It is as though we go to Calvary  to renew, to bring about again the Paschal mystery.

Through the sacred texts of the Last Seven Words of Christ, we will gather as though we were on Calvary to commemorate the redemptive Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.  Ever since Jesus took upon himself the wounds of humanity and death itself, God’s love has irrigated these deserts of ours, he has enlightened our darkness.  Now, in the hour of his supreme Sacrifice on the cross, he brings to fulfillment the task entrusted to him by the Father: he enters into the abyss of suffering, he enters into the chaos of this world, to redeem and transform.  And to free every one of us from the power of darkness, of arrogance, of resistance to being loved by God.  And only God’s love can do this.  By his wounds we have been healed (1 Peter 2: 24), by his death we have been reborn, all of us.  Praise be to our Living God!

God of compassion you have come near to us and have shown us your mercy.  Give us compassion for one another and for all the world.  Give us love that reflects your forgiveness and grace so that we may love one another.  We ask this through your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

Pastor Clarissa and Bro. Martin

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Good Friday Service (Final) – 2 April 2021

Good Friday – 02 April 2021

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Rev. Clarissa Martinelli

Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC

323 South Fifth Avenue

West Bend, WI

262.334.2059 (W)

847.721.1826 (M)

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful

beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison


Good Friday – April 2, 2021


Maundy Thursday Devotional

Greetings Siblings of Christ,

Maundy Thursday is my favorite worship service of the Christian year!  Yes, for me it even tops Christmas Eve and Easter.  Jesus knew this was his last chance to show his friends God’s Truth and he does not disappoint!  Teaching us what love is, giving us a new covenant open to everyone, sharing one last blessing with those he loved even though he knew they would soon desert him… that’s the good stuff.

Tonight, is traditionally referred to as Maundy Thursday.  It is the last night Jesus spent with the disciples when they shared their last supper together, the holy Passover Seder.  The term Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin mandatum which is the first word of the phrase “Mandatum novum do vobis…” “A new commandment I give you…” Tonight, we remember the new commandment Jesus gave us and the new covenant he established.

“Little children, I’m with you for a little while longer.  You will look for me—but, just as I told the Jewish leaders, I also tell you now—‘Where I’m going, you can’t come.’ “I give you a new commandment: Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other.  This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”  John 13:33-35

Receive the gift of God’s grace poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  As we remember Jesus’ final hours, take, eat, and drink. Remember him.  Come, Siblings of Christ and let us worship God together.  All are welcome!

Pastor Clarissa

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Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Rev. Clarissa Martinelli

Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC

323 South Fifth Avenue

West Bend, WI

262.334.2059 (W)

847.721.1826 (M)

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful

beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison


Maundy Thursday – April 1, 2021