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Messages from the weekend services at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, CA. For more on Journey, visit journeycommunitychurch.com.

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Messages from the weekend services at Journey Community Church in La Mesa, CA. For more on Journey, visit journeycommunitychurch.com.

    Station 15: New Life & A New Beginning

    Station 15: New Life & A New Beginning

    ◼︎Journey Stations of the Cross: Sunday, March 21 – Sunday, April 4 ◼︎

    Our Stations of the Cross experience will take us on a journey following the footsteps of Christ, immersing us in the biblical account of the last hours and days of Jesus' life. Take a few minutes each day to watch a short video and to respond and reflect. Connect with Jesus and prepare your heart as we head into Good Friday and Easter.

    The following is the script from the video. You may also follow along using the downloadable reflection booklet.

    ◼︎ Station 15: New Life & A New Beginning◼︎
    The Resurrection of Jesus
    Mark 16:1–6

    When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.”
    ...

    If the cross is expansive—reaching down, into the depths of who we are; reaching out, to include every one of us—so is the resurrection.

    The women arrive at the tomb only to find out the body, and the story they thought it held, could not be contained.

    Death burst forth into life!

    The resurrection is God’s reaching into the world, with a boundless love, to gift us all with new life and a new beginning.

    Practice the traditional Easter greeting while you reach to embody the scope of this good news.

    I’ll say, “Christ is risen!” and invite you to respond “Christ is risen, indeed!” with the fullness of your voice and your body.

    Reaching high up to the sky: Christ is risen!
    Christ is risen, indeed!

    Reaching way out to your sides: Christ is risen!
    Christ is risen, indeed!

    Reaching far out in front of you: Christ is risen!
    Christ is risen, indeed!

    Alleluia!

    • 3 min
    Station 14: Burial

    Station 14: Burial

    ◼︎Journey Stations of the Cross: Sunday, March 21 – Sunday, April 4 ◼︎

    Our Stations of the Cross experience will take us on a journey following the footsteps of Christ, immersing us in the biblical account of the last hours and days of Jesus' life. Take a few minutes each day to watch a short video and to respond and reflect. Connect with Jesus and prepare your heart as we head into Good Friday and Easter.

    The following is the script from the video. You may also follow along using the downloadable reflection booklet.

    ◼︎ Station 14: Burial◼︎
    Jesus is Placed in the Tomb
    Matthew 27:57–60

    Supplies: Lit candle

    When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away.
    ...

    At this station, we witness how a friend honored Jesus by caring for his body, treating it tenderly, and providing a place for burial.

    The honor given in death is a reflection of the respect felt in life, a testimony to the connection these two men shared.

    By offering his tomb, Joseph found a way to extend his care for Jesus even past death’s boundary.

    Turn to the candle you lit at the beginning of our time together.
    Watch it for a few moments.
    See how the flames flicker and dance.
    Observe how the light stretches and shrinks.
    Pay attention to the life in the fire.

    In just a moment, I’ll ask you to blow out the candle, but to remember what remains, even as the flame is no more.

    Before you do that, let us pray. Join me as we recite this prayer together:

    I extinguish this candle
    but not the flame of truth,
    not the light of hope,
    not the warmth of love.
    These, I carry in my heart
    and I know they will carry me
    through the days to come.

    Amen.

    • 2 min
    Station 13: Darkness

    Station 13: Darkness

    ◼︎Journey Stations of the Cross: Sunday, March 21 – Sunday, April 4 ◼︎

    Our Stations of the Cross experience will take us on a journey following the footsteps of Christ, immersing us in the biblical account of the last hours and days of Jesus' life. Take a few minutes each day to watch a short video and to respond and reflect. Connect with Jesus and prepare your heart as we head into Good Friday and Easter.

    The following is the script from the video. You may also follow along using the downloadable reflection booklet.

    ◼︎ Station 13: Darkness◼︎
    Jesus Dies on the Cross
    Luke 23:44–46

    Supplies: Paper, pen or pencil

    It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.
    ...

    Darkness fell over the land, like a covering.
    Like the curtain in the Temple was a covering.

    In the hardest times, like when Jesus is on the cross, and in the most sacred spaces, like the Holy of Holies in the Temple, reality is sometimes obscured.
    Clarity is sometimes sacrificed.
    Darkness makes space for the unknown: a sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrible allowance.
    When the Temple curtain is torn, when that covering rips in two, the notion that God could be contained there was challenged.

    The holy space the curtain had concealed, had kept in darkness, was suddenly revealed.
    We can never build anything—in our structures or our hearts—that keeps God from reaching us.

    On a piece of paper, write down what seems to separate you from God.
    Maybe you’ll write thoughts, emotions, habits, convictions.
    Maybe for you there’s just one thing; maybe there’s a long list. Whatever it is, take this time to write it down.

    When you’re ready, rip it up.

    You can make one big tear, like the story tells us about the Temple curtain. Or you can tear your paper into lots of tiny pieces.

    Let the tearing be a denial of artificial boundaries and an affirmation of God’s ever-presence: behind a curtain, on a cross, in the darkness—

    God is always with us.

    • 2 min
    Station 12: Care

    Station 12: Care

    ◼︎Journey Stations of the Cross: Sunday, March 21 – Sunday, April 4 ◼︎

    Our Stations of the Cross experience will take us on a journey following the footsteps of Christ, immersing us in the biblical account of the last hours and days of Jesus' life. Take a few minutes each day to watch a short video and to respond and reflect. Connect with Jesus and prepare your heart as we head into Good Friday and Easter.

    The following is the script from the video. You may also follow along using the downloadable reflection booklet.

    ◼︎ Station 12: Care◼︎
    Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple
    John 19:25–27

    Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
    ...

    He took her into his own home. Into his own heart.
    This part of the story is about giving and receiving care.

    What Jesus has been, for his mother and his friend, he cannot be anymore. He knows they will mourn. He knows they will miss what he has been for them.

    And so he gives them to each other that they might each experience care: both the giving of it and the receiving of it.

    So they can share with each other what he has been for them while learning something new: the way his care for them continues—even after he’s gone—because he has brought them together.

    Hold your hands out in front of you.
    Turn one palm up, ready to receive.
    Turn the other palm down, ready to give.
    In the silence, imagine receiving care as a tangible thing in your upturned hand. What is it that’s being given to you?

    Now, as the silence continues, imagine giving care with your hand that’s facing down. What is it you’re offering?

    Bring your hands together, and in this last silence, offer a brief prayer of gratitude for the care you receive and the care you give.

    Amen.

    • 2 min
    Station 11: Promise

    Station 11: Promise

    ◼︎Journey Stations of the Cross: Sunday, March 21 – Sunday, April 4 ◼︎

    Our Stations of the Cross experience will take us on a journey following the footsteps of Christ, immersing us in the biblical account of the last hours and days of Jesus' life. Take a few minutes each day to watch a short video and to respond and reflect. Connect with Jesus and prepare your heart as we head into Good Friday and Easter.

    The following is the script from the video. You may also follow along using the downloadable reflection booklet.

    ◼︎ Station 11: Promise◼︎
    Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief
    Luke 23:39–43

    One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
    ...

    We often think promises tell us of good to come.
    The men hanging beside Jesus on their own crosses didn’t have a future in which to place their hope.

    Jesus makes a promise to the one who addresses him, but it’s not a far-off fantasy.
    Jesus promises the man communion, belonging, right then and there.

    “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

    He focuses the man in the present, and then he transforms the present—infusing that very moment with hope, with peace, and with mercy.

    Paying attention to our breath is one way to center ourselves in the present moment.

    Consider the promise Jesus makes: to be with us now, and until the end of the age.

    Let your breathing take you deeper into that promised communion.

    Breathe in hope.
    Breathe out despair.

    Breathe in peace.
    Breathe out anxiety.

    Breathe in mercy.
    Breathe out judgment.

    Breathe in love.
    Breathe out love.

    Breathe in love.
    Breathe out love.

    Breathe in love.
    Breathe out love.

    • 2 min
    Station 10: Crucifixion

    Station 10: Crucifixion

    ◼︎Journey Stations of the Cross: Sunday, March 21 – Sunday, April 4 ◼︎

    Our Stations of the Cross experience will take us on a journey following the footsteps of Christ, immersing us in the biblical account of the last hours and days of Jesus' life. Take a few minutes each day to watch a short video and to respond and reflect. Connect with Jesus and prepare your heart as we head into Good Friday and Easter.

    The following is the script from the video. You may also follow along using the downloadable reflection booklet.

    ◼︎ Station 10: Crucifixion◼︎
    Jesus is Crucified
    Luke 23:33–34

    When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.
    ...

    Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
    Can you imagine words more gentle?
    More compassionate? More grace-filled?

    Jesus speaks these words from the cross—one of the last things he says before he dies.
    He speaks them not as excuse, not as denial, but as profound understanding: the people putting him to death do not really know what they are doing.
    They are following orders.

    Maybe they are grieving; maybe they are caught up in the crowd’s emotion; maybe they are confused by the conflicting stories about who Jesus is.

    A promise or a threat?
    A messiah or a menace?

    The mechanisms of state violence demand action before understanding.

    They crucify him. They do not know what they do.

    There is much we also do not know: about ourselves, about each other, and especially about those we would consider strangers or even opponents.

    Following Jesus’ model here is one way to orient ourselves with grace toward all we do not know.

    So let’s join again in a time of confession.
    I’ll speak a prompt and then leave some silence for you to offer your own prayers.

    I’ll close each silence by saying, “God, in your mercy” and you’re invited to respond by saying, “Hear our prayers.”

    Holy One, for where I have caused harm on my own,
    I ask you to forgive me, and to help me forgive myself.
    It is sometimes true of me like it was true of those in the story:
    I do not know what I do…

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

    And Holy One, for where I have caused harm together with others,
    I ask you to forgive us, and to help me forgive.
    It is sometimes true of us like it was true of those in the story:
    we do not know what we do…

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

    And Holy One, for where others have caused harm,
    I ask you to forgive them, and to help me do the same.
    It is sometimes true of them like it was true of those in the story:
    they do not know what they do.

    God, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

    Amen.

    • 3 min

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