Update from the General Board-June 2020

The Oakdale General Board met on June 16, 2020. The following items of business were discussed:

  • The general fund bank balance on May 31, 2020 was $93,474.15.
  • The final draft of the wedding policy was approved.
  • A motion for $2,200 for additional equipment and a camera for live-streaming was approved.
  • How to make the July 4 picnic safe for the congregation was discussed.
  • The salary for the senior pastor position was approved.
  • A congregational informational meeting for July 5 at 9:00 a.m. was approved.
  • A congregational business meeting on July 12 at 9:00 a.m. to vote for Pastor Tyler as Senior Pastor and to vote for Nominating Committee members was approved.

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Update from the Elders-June 2020

The Elders want to thank the Oakdale Family for their patience and thoughtful suggestions as we try to navigate this current time. Here is a recap of what we have been thinking through or planning:

  • We are ready to move forward with the congregation considering the Elder recommendation of Pastor Tyler as our Senior Pastor. Please watch for dates for a Q & A session and a summer congregational meeting.
  • We are continually looking for options that allow more and more of the church family to return to worship. That will include some upcoming outdoor Sunday services. This will give everyone a safe option to worship including staying in your car and tuning in to the service on your car radio.
  • Starting this fall we are planning an updated format for meeting in the building that allows care, safety, and consideration for all who choose to join us.
  • Last, and most important, we miss you all and long for the fellowship we all enjoyed. It is not an accident that we crave church family fellowship – God created all believers to long for that in our lives. The Elders would like you to read Acts 2:37-47 and consider how, in this current age, you and your family can take advantage of:
    • Teaching – truth from God’s Word
    • Fellowship – Creative connection with other believers in this current environment
    • Worship – True, deep, meaningful worship of the God that with a word created everything
    • Evangelism – Now more than ever we need the Church to be the Church and to share the Hope that is in us with a dying, confused, fearful world

The Elders


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July 4, 2020 Picnic

 
The July 4th picnic will soon be here and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Valley View park this year.
 
Due to Covid-19, the July 4th picnic will look a little different. We are trying to keep the essential elements but we do need to do some things a bit differently to mitigate the potential spread of the Covid-19 virus.
 
For those of you that are thinking about coming, we want to give you the information you need to make informed decisions on how you can best participate in the July 4th picnic in a way that addresses your individual and family safety concerns.
 

We will be having a potluck this year. Here are some things to consider.

– Anyone with a fever or Covid-19 symptoms should not attend.

– For those with underlying health issues, the July 4th picnic this year might not be a good option for you.

– It is OK for families to bring their own picnic food this year and we want to encourage you to do so if that is the one thing you need to do to feel comfortable to fellowship with others at the park this year.

– This year the potluck serving lines will have plexiglass over the food items.  This sneeze guard is being designed for adults to use (age 13 on up).  Children under the age of 13 can accompany a guardian or parent as long as their height allows the proper functioning of the sneeze guard.  We will only serve on one side of the tables. 

– We suggest that for families that Mom and/or Dad go through the line and pick up family servings of food for their family Amish style and serve their family at the picnic tables.

– We are asking everyone going through the food line to use hand sanitizer before and after the food line.  Please be careful not to touch your face when you are going through the food line.

– Nitrile gloves and face masks will be available for use also if you desire.

– We also ask that 6’ physical distancing be observed between families as you go through the food lines.

– Desserts will be served along with ice cream after the main course potluck.

– We are asking everyone to bring their own drinks this year (non-alcoholic of course).  Bottles of water will be available for those who might forget to bring drinks.
 
These are the basic guidelines for the July 4th picnic this year.
 
We want to do everything we can to allow each person to manage their own personal approach to the Covid 19 crisis in a responsible way that also shows Christian love for one another. We ask that everyone go out of their way to show respect for the concerns of everyone else and focus on serving one another in every way possible this year.
 

Yours in Christ,
Jon Zupke and the General Board Members


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Letter from Pastor Tyler

Dear Church at Oakdale,

First, I want to say thank you for your support and prayer for me and my family. I am again completely amazed by your generosity and selflessness. Though the timing for these kinds of activations is never good, I am glad to be serving with you all for this one.

I thought you might appreciate a note on the type of things I am doing. I am currently serving as the Task Force Central Chaplain, meaning that I am the chaplain for all of the Soldiers who are currently serving in the middle of the state as well as all of the Soldiers doing deliveries for PPE and food throughout the state. It has been an amazing opportunity to serve God in the military.

Every morning I meet with Soldiers before they go on a mission and talk and pray with them. I meet with commanders and other leaders to talk about issues Soldiers are having; I am leading a Bible study on the Gospel of John on Wednesdays; I am leading virtual chapel on Sundays, and I am doing a lot of counseling.

It has been an amazing opportunity for witness and has served as a reminder for me of the eternal impact of the actions we take. The world is full of people who need to know God, and as I have counseled people who are experiencing the effects of sin all around them, I am constantly reminded that the only long-term solution to brokenness is the grace of God that leads to salvation and that you and I have experienced and know about that grace first-hand. We are eyewitnesses to God’s grace applied to us and the hope, joy, peace and contentment that salvation brings. Praise God for bringing us salvation and hope!

God has given me a great opportunity to be a witness to the great grace and hope we have in Christ, and I am glad to continue to be used by Him in that way through June 24. Yes, I have been extended through June 24, but I will be back to preach on May 31 and June 7. I am looking forward to being back home to stay, but I am glad to be used by God during a time when His presence is greatly needed.

Please continue to pray for wisdom, health and faithfulness for me. Please pray for the Soldiers I serve for safety, health and most importantly, that they will know God.

I pray for you the same as Paul prayed for the Philippians: “ . . . that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” ~ Phil. 1:8-11

 

In Christ,
  Tyler

 


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Summer 2020 Wednesdays in the Park

To the Oakdale Family,
 
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5)
 
This has never been more true than now in a time of unprecedented changes in our lives. And leadership continues to hear story after story of the love and good deeds you are doing for friends and neighbors. And knowing that your care for others has been abounding has been truly a blessing.
 
We know this time has been very challenging for all of you, so leadership continues to look for ways to return to normalcy as we follow the Governor’s guidelines. So with the recent relaxing in policy for gathering we are going to start meeting on Wednesday nights in the park June 3.
 
We will meet at 6:00 pm for a meal prepared and delivered using proper safeguards. That will be followed by a time of devotions and then social time. We feel that being outside will give us better opportunity to social distance and still have much needed fellowship.
 
In doing this we ask that you follow social distancing guidelines. We encourage you to wear masks for your safety but will not require them. And we ask that you respect others when interacting. Some of you will feel confident in attending while others will be anxious about meeting. Please show the proper grace to all no matter how they decide to participate. At the end of this email is a link to a very timely article from The Gospel Coalition discussing our Christian response to the pandemic entitled “Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You.”
 
If you choose to join us we want you to understand a couple of important things. First of all, your attendance could increase your chances of contracting Covid-19 so please be responsible. Second, since we will be in the park it will be much more difficult for your children to refrain from playing with other children. If that is a concern for your family, please choose your participation accordingly.
 
We are excited about the opportunity to move back into meeting as a church family by adding this important ministry opportunity. Thank you for your patience as we navigate uncharted waters. But please know one important thing, even though we are apart for a season the God of the universe has never been closer to each of us

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Sunday Service Open

Please take the time to read this important letter from Jon Zupke, our church chairman. As many of you know, the governor of Iowa lifted the restrictions for worship gatherings, as long as they can be done responsibly with appropriate social distancing. After reading the letter below, you may wish to refer to the Iowa Dept. of Public Health Website (https://idph.iowa.gov/) to see the guidelines and suggestions for how to meet together.

We will be recording our online service this Sunday and because of the lifted restrictions, you may join us, however, we must do this responsibly, so below are some ways we intend to do that this Sunday:

– We are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6ft while meeting. That includes adults and children who are in different families. We will have the sanctuary marked off to provide 6ft intervals.

– If you plan to attend in person, please arrive around 10:00am and wait at the front door to be ushered into the sanctuary. We will have an overflow area in the multi-purpose room if needed.

– If you plan to attend, please do not congregate inside the building except where designated by the ushers. Practically that means, please fellowship outside with appropriate social distancing.

– You will have the opportunity to give via a drop box by the door and online.

– We will have hand sanitizer available for you to use as you come in.

– Finally, if you are or might be sick please join us via our live stream.

Thank you for your patience as we try to responsibly begin coming back together!
 
 

Oakdale Covid 19 – May 1, 2020

Dear Oakdale Family

First, as Chairman of the Oakdale Church, I want to thank each of you for the patience and the grace that has been so evident in this body to each other in response to this Covid 19 pandemic.  It is so easy to take things for granted and being forced to not meet together these last few weeks shows how much we really do need each other. We miss you and we look forward to getting back together as soon as possible.

Our Governor Kim Reynolds has given Iowans a new directive beginning May 1st regarding this Covid 19 pandemic. In regards to churches, 77 counties have been given relaxed directives regarding religious services.  Cherokee and O’Brien counties are among those 77 counties. 

The directives allows churches in the 77 counties to meet together as long as those services follow guidelines for social distancing and procedures to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus to those who are most vulnerable. The Elders have been considering how we as a congregation can meet together and meet those guidelines. Being aware that this pandemic affects each person and each family in ways that require many different responses, we want to offer several options that meet as many individual needs as possible.

Options for Sunday Morning Services:

  • Live Streaming at home: We recommend live streaming at home for the following:
        • For those who are elderly or who have underlying conditions that put them at risk should they contract the Covid 19 virus.
        • Those who have Covid 19 like symptoms or who have had contact with anyone with Covid 19 symptoms.
        • If you do not believe your children will be able to maintain appropriate social distancing.
  • Main Sanctuary: We are going to open up attendance in the main sanctuary for those who are willing. But this will be done in a way that maintains social distancing between families. Every other row in the sanctuary will be roped off. Families (those who live in the same home) will need to sit together and 6 feet apart from other families.
  • Multi-Purpose room: Live streaming video will be provided in the multi-purpose room and tables will be set up so that families can sit at individual tables and watch the service live on video. Again, families (those who live in the same home) will need to sit together and 6 feet apart from other families.
  • Drive-in service: This can be an option for those who want to come to church but have concerns about coming into the church building at this time. Families with small children might find this an easier way to manage their family during the service.  If the main sanctuary or the multi-purpose room exceeds capacity then the drive-in service option will be required for late comers. Using this option will only be available to those who can use their cell phone data plan to live stream the service. There may be some cell phone service providers that are not available at the Oakdale parking lot.

After the service, we request that all social interaction be moved to outside the church building to make it easier to maintain social distancing. It is much harder to spread the Covid 19 virus outdoors so please try to observe this practice as much as possible.

Face masks are strongly recommended by the CDC but we are not going to require them so please be aware that there will probably be those attending that will not be wearing face masks when making your decision to attend.

Please be aware that attending Oakdale services in person will increase your risks of spreading or contracting the Covid 19 virus. We all need to do what we can to minimize those risks as much as possible. If you have concerns about contracting this virus, please do not attend. Otherwise, wash hands often, use hand sanitizer, do not shake hands, maintain social distancing, wear a face mask if you have any particular concern, and socialize outside as much as possible.

It is a bit odd saying this but we are not actually encouraging people to attend this Sunday. We want to gradually open up attendance so we can learn how to manage this crisis. If you come, please be patient as we learn together.

In all of this, please consider what Pastor Tyler shared last Sunday regarding grace and peace from Ephesians 1:1-2. Let us all practice extreme grace and peace towards each other as we meet together like this for the next few weeks. No matter if you can attend in person or online please know that each one of you matter to us and to God. God is extremely fond of each one of us and He wants a deep and personal relationship with each one of you. Jesus is knocking at your heart’s door and is asking to come in (Revelation 3:20). You can open that door by opening up the Bible and asking God to speak to you as you read His word. Please share the experience you have with God with the rest of us and with your neighbors, friends, and family during this very unique time in history.

It is early in the morning when I am writing this and I can hear the birds chirping away. Hope is like these birds chirping before the break of dawn!

Hope is what we need and hope is what we have as Christians. “On Christ the solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand!”

May God’s grace and peace be with you all.

Jon Zupke


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Good Friday Home Worship 4/10/2020

Dear Church at Oakdale,

Good Friday is a day that has been set aside for centuries to remember our Lord’s sacrifice for us. We remember the effects of sin on the world; we remember the heavy penalty for sin and that God Incarnate died for us. Normally we would be doing this together at our church building, but current circumstances make that impossible, so we have prepared a service for you to do at home with your family or on your own. For many of us, this will seem awkward. I encourage you to lean into the discomfort; this is a unique time for us all, and we trust the Lord will use it to stretch and grow us all in ways we never could’ve imagined. This Good Friday service is a good way to teach your kids why Good Friday is personally meaningful to you and answer questions that might not have been asked during a more formal service. It is also a wonderful way to care for your brothers and sisters in Christ who do not have family close by and have them virtually join you for the service. Finally, as you consider the sacrifice of Christ this Good Friday, I pray that you will eagerly anticipate the celebration of His resurrection.

In Christ,
Pastor Tyler

Items needed for this self-led Good Friday service:

– Crackers (saltine, oyster, etc.) and grape juice

– Optional Element: 6 lit candles.

[This service is designed to take you through the story of the results of sin in the world, which started at the very beginning and culminated in the death of Christ on the cross. All along the way, the expectations and hopes of many were dashed by the presence of sin in the form of death, slavery and suffering. The final strike of sin was the death of the Messiah who everyone expected to bring an end to sin’s reign. When Jesus died, the hopes of His followers were dashed and they were afraid, “were we wrong?” “What will happen to us now?” “What should we do?” Follow the service in order to illustrate the yearning for salvation and to set the stage to celebrate Easter.

Actions to take are marked by {} and comments on what is happening is marked by brackets []. Also, portions of each reading have been bolded to indicate an optional shorter reading for families with younger children. The intent is for the service to get progressively darker and ultimately end the day in darkness, so you may want kids in their pajamas, so they can go right to bed after the service is over.]

{Light candles and dim/turn off room lights.}

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

{Put out first candle.}

We Listen: “Back to the Garden”

Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1, 3, 5-8, 12-13, 50-51

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,

“Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.

For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”

All the people of Israel did just as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron.  And on that very day the LORD brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

{Put out second candle.}

We Listen: “Pass Over Us”

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-10

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

{Put out third candle.}

We Sing: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (Lyrics are below.)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.
 
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most, 
I sacrifice them to His blood.


See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?


Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small,
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Communion and Scripture Reading: Luke 22:14-22

[Note: Communion is an ancient and sacred ordinance established by Jesus himself for us to remember his death and serve as a proclamation of our union with him in his death. As such, it is a good idea to explain what is happening to your children. It is up to parents as to whether to allow children to partake, as it is at church, but in general non-believers should not participate. If your children have not professed faith in Christ (Rm. 10:9), consider not serving them. Also, it is wise to take a moment before communion to have a time of self-examination and confession. Paul tells us not to partake in an unworthy way (1 Cor. 11:27-31), so please be aware of yourselves as you partake together.]

And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
{Serve communion}

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
{Eat}

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
{Drink}

But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”

{Put out fourth candle.}

We Sing: “Behold the Lamb of God”. (Lyrics are on video.)

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:6-32

Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him. And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

{Put out fifth candle.}

We Sing: “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” (Lyrics are on the video.)

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:33-46

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?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

{Put out sixth candle and shut down/black out your screen.}

[As you leave the room, it should be as dark and as silent as possible
to illustrate the darkness inside the tomb and the darkness of the days before Jesus rose.]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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