Albright Church
The Crown of Suffering
They twisted a crown of thorns and set it on His head. This twisted suffering was for a greater purpose. Christ shed His blood so that our lives could be untwisted from the rebelliousness of our sin. He took our crown of shame that we might receive a crown of salvation!
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  • 415 Maxwell King Dr, East Saint Paul, MB R2E 0A1, Canada
    Friday 2:00 PM

Family Resources

If you have young children, this video may help you explain communion to your children. Also, check out the Family Guide at the top of the blog for additional resources on celebrating Good Friday as a family.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utpt5S_bHrs

Welcome

Welcome message from Pastor Nathan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i63fCnn-RGQ

Message

Pastor Sam - The Crown of Suffering

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niGeqjxIPZ0
Below are a few suggestions for participating in communion either on your own, with others present in your family, or over a video/phone call. Feel free to read this guide aloud if you are leading a communion time for others.
There is something unique which we can celebrate together when taking communion in the setting of our home. This meal that Jesus instituted began in a home, among a small group of friends, the first followers of Jesus. It was around a family table that Jesus called His disciples to continue to remember Him through the bread and the cup.

"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples saying, take and eat; this is My body" Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." Mathew 26:26-28 NIV

Jesus taught His followers to actively participate in the remembrance of His broken body, and His shed blood through the bread and cup of communion. As we celebrate communion, we remember also that Jesus death was not the end of the story, but Jesus has risen, and will come again. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:26

As we have been reminded today, it is by Jesus sacrifice, that we are made right with God. It is by His selfless sacrifice as He bore the crown of suffering, that we are redeemed. By His death and resurrection, we are able to enter into life. Life that makes us free from guilt, and fear, and shame, and death. So we remember with thankful hearts.
However it looks, whether it is chaotic, noisy, and busy; or quiet and still, God's presence is with us. Participate in God's grace for whatever your setting is. If you can, slow down for a few minutes to pause, and reflect on the goodness of God. Recognize His presence with you and among you, respond in thanks for what He has done. Before partaking in the emblems, here are some suggestions you might consider leading through. You are free to use what is most helpful in your setting and leave what isn’t:

-Take time to reflect and share the good things that God has been teaching you in the past few weeks. How has God been using this unique season to draw you and your loved ones closer to Him? What are you celebrating, what are you grieving? Lay your burdens down at the cross, as you lift up your praise.
- Listen to a song of worship that has been particularly meaningful in past times you have celebrated communion.
- Read Psalm 103:1-5 and Psalm 145:1-3 and reflect on these passages. Allow these scriptures to become your prayer and desire as you partake in communion.
- Hold the communion emblems in your hands. Reflect for a moment about what these symbols mean to you, what do they reveal to you about God?
- Take time to pray. Feel free to pray in your own words, or to use this prayer:
Lord, we thank you for the wondrous gift of your love, your mercy, your salvation, that was purchased for us at the cross. We stand in awe of our King who willingly paid the price for our sin, and took the punishment that we deserved. By your wounds we are healed. Thank you for bearing the crown of suffering for us. Thank you that by your blood, we are made free to live in your kingdom now and forever. We give you praise and thanks today. Amen.
- Enjoy the meal. You may want to speak these words to the person with you, for the bread: “the body of Christ, broken for you,” for the cup: “the blood of Christ, shed for you.”

- After receiving the bread and cup, consider spending some time praying for others. Pray for those who are lonely, pray for frontline workers who are working right now, pray for your neighbors, and family who are at a distance. Lift up the concerns of people around you in intercession.
- Read this benediction as you conclude your time: “May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
We pray God’s richest blessing over you as you participate and lead in this time of communion.