Will we go with Jesus to the Cross?

Tenebrae2013If you are in Phoenix and want a more transformative Holy Week experience, come to “Tenebrae Re-imagined.

Tenebrae is a monastic tradition from the 8th Century and uses the extinguishing of candles to represent the fading and fickly loyalty of Jesus’ disciples as he went to and through his passion…and by extension, our fading and fickle loyalty to the crucified Savior as well. It has come back into vogue in the last decade. Unfortunately, most of these services are “insider friendly,” long and involve obscure readings from Lamentations.

We have redone the service in a very powerful way:

1. It traces Jesus’ Passion through Old Testament prophetic passages, material written between 400-1000 years before Jesus was born.

2. It is multi-sensory: It uses both chant and modern music, darkness and light, silence and sound, actors and audience participation.

3. It uses both multi-media & live candles….allowing the room to be actually dark.

4. It is brief: 45 minutes long

If you are from an evangelical tradition, think of it as a Cross-video that plays in your mind – Powerful and brief.

This version, that we wrote, is now being done in 10 places around the country. Last year we did it with PhoenixOne. This year it is led, directed and sung by college and high school students. In the four times we have presented this we have had to ask people to leave more than 30 minutes after the service was finished. It is emotionally powerful and excellent. Come check it out!


17 thoughts on “Will we go with Jesus to the Cross?

  1. Greetings friend, I’m Melissa Crawford and I appreciate the prophecy that I found on your webpage. My husband wanted me to invite you to share with our live video streaming e-revival audience as soon as possible. At Spirit University he is training a team of prophetic students and we are all receiving end time visions, dreams and words like yours. One of our students has been seeing fireballs falling from Heaven and as you know, one actually fell on Russia.

    Many other prophetic signs are being confirmed at our e-Revival.

    Everyone receives a prophetic word by my husband James Crawford; if they request one and we have an e-Revival every day! We would love to have you or anybody else’s prophecies shared at God’s revival!

    Times you can call in to share:
    Mon – Fri at 10:45 am & 7 pm (central)
    Sat. at 4 pm (central)
    Sun. at 11 am (central)

    Feel free to call our cell at (318) 655-2297 or email james@world-hops.com for more information.

    Keep up the good work and God bless you.

  2. Thanks, Matt. I viewed what you sent. It really looks good. It does seem very similar to what we do.

    We welcome, children, though. The Holy Spirit seems to really speak in sighs too deep for words to these little ones. And they behave quite well. I think they realize or at least can sense the gravity of what is taking place.

    Nice job, my friend.

  3. No way to send ours. We are a small church and technologically backwards. We can barley get our sermons recorded:

    This is a great sermon (Good Friday sermon) almost ruined because of our aging sound system and our ineptness:

    [audio src="http://theoldadam.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/how-god-ties-us-to-the-cross-and-resurrection.mp3" /]

    A blessed Good Friday, Matt!

    • I just saw that my phone’s auto type turned “hearing” into “heckling.” I should really check what I typed before hitting send. I’m actually going to listen to your sermon on my way home from Cali tomorrow. It spent awhile on the todo list. 🙂

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