Friday, April 6, 2007

On That Tree

Last night Jesse and I had a wonderful first experience of Maundy Thursday at Blackhawk, our new church. The candlelight, gifted musicians and imagery on the projection screen created a powerful worship experience for us. Jesse commented to me how good it felt to be there.

Pastor Chris began with scripture- after the Lord's supper, after the foot washing, Jesus gave us a new commandment, "to love one another" as He loved us. Pastor's message was brief, but filled with the love of Christ for all God's people. The worship service was very different for us, comprised mainly of praise music, reflective music, and many, many people gathering around five stations to break bread and drink wine together as one family in Christ. As new attendees at Blackhawk Jesse and I only know a few people at Blackhawk, but the folks gathered around with us for the Lord's supper felt very much like family. It really is a reflection of how we are all one in Christ's love.

On the way home God put a poem upon my heart, and I would like to share it. At some point I want to scrap it, but I need to take the perfect photo. Either an actual tree, or large, rugged cross with the lighting just so. I will have to keep my eyes open on my country drives. You can be certain I will share it here when complete. You can come back Sunday to see an Easter layout I created last year at this time. If you are a Christian, I hope that this poem will have meaning for you. If you are not, I pray that you will seek the truth of Jesus' resurrection, and enjoy a life filled with peace on this earthly journey, and hope for eternal life.


Candles flicker all around,
The music makes a holy sound;
I see the cross where Jesus died -
For my sins – crucified.
T’was on that tree He bore the pain -

Died on that tree for us to gain.
T’was on that tree His blood was shed -
Takes the sin from me, instead.
As I partake of bread and wine

Christ’s love around me doth shine;
I’m reminded of Jesus vict’ry
When He died - on that tree.

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