Good Friday, The Centurion: This Man, Jesus, is the Son of God!

centurion at the cross

The day is dark on a Friday so long ago.  The life drains from an unusual man as He goes to His gloomy end.  Is He not supposed to be the One, prophesied by Scripture?  Yes, but we find Him too powerless to save Himself.  The injustice of corrupt leaders and what is expedient for […]

Good Friday: Into Your Hands…

It is the end.  Jesus now prays, “Father, into Your hands I entrust my spirit.”  You may find it surprising: Jesus did not originate that prayer.   In our Lord’s day, thousands prayed the same prayer every day.  For it was the common bedtime prayer for the Jews of the first century. Today, our bedtime prayer […]

Good Friday Sermon: It All Came Down to This

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Comparing the Old Covenant with the New, the book of Hebrews tells us: Unlike the [Jewish] high priests, Jesus doesn’t need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his sins, and then for the sins of the people. No, he did this, once for all, when he sacrificed himself. [Hebrews 7:27] It all came […]

Good Friday Sermon: Isaiah 53:3-7

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We live in a market-driven, entertainment-fixated world.  Shallow, entertaining sound-bites have replaced deep reflection.  And in such a world, Good Friday is not merely a misstep but a different dance altogether: God’s dance of death to give us life. Nothing is entertaining about the cross.  Drawing a smiley face on the cross does not change […]

Isaiah 52:13-53:12: Meditating on the Crucifix

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As Lutherans, we have a long and noble tradition of meditating on the crucifixion of Christ.  For example, Luther invited people to use the crucifix as a way to help them meditate on Christ’s crucifixion.  Part of that tradition is our services on Good Friday. In the 12th century, a monk, Bernard of Clairvaux, wrote […]

Holy Week

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Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 24th.  On Thursday, we will have a Maundy Thursday service, using a Lord’s Supper liturgy from the oldest liturgies in the New Testament Church.  On Friday, we will remember our Lord’s death and the salvation He worked through that.  Services times are: Palm Sunday: 9:30 AM Maundy Thursday: […]

Holy Week at Shepherd of the Hills

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April 1st begins Holy Week.  Our Holy Week services start with our Palm-Sunday service, which is at our regular Divine-Service time of 9:30 AM.  The sermon text will be based on the Old Testament reading from Zechariah 9:9-10. On Thursday, April 5th, is our Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 PM, which will focus on the epicenter […]

Good Friday: John 19:31-37

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Tonight, our Lenten journey ends.  It ends, just as Jesus said it would end.  Several times, Jesus said that He was going to Jerusalem, where many would mock and ridicule Him.  His own people would hand Him over to the Gentiles to be beaten and crucified.  He was going to Jerusalem to die. Yet, more […]

Holy Week Services

Holy Week

Come join us for our Holy Week services. Palm Sunday: In this service, we celebrate the joy of Jesus, our King, not only being near us, but even coming to us in Word and Sacrament that He may also be in us.  The Palm Sunday service is on Sunday, April 17th, at 9:30 AM. Maundy […]