The mission of this Oikos Exhibition is to develop and foster community through a deep appreciation of seeing and hearing art dive into the greater mystery of God during Holy Week.
This coming Holy Week on Maundy Thursday, Oikos Church will be hosting an evening concert within our Lenten Art Gallery themed: "Reflect. Repent. Restore." We are inviting local songwriters and musicians to submit original songs (or cover songs) based on the Stations of the Cross, and upon approval are invited to perform their song(s) during our evening event.
If you would like to submit a song, please email our worship leader, Jason Phelps, that you would (1) like to participate, (2) which Station of the Cross you would like to choose, and (3) your instrumentation by March 1st. You are free to change stations as the creative process progresses.
Once song is complete, please record a rough demo of the song, record and upload a YouTube video, and email to Jason with a copy of the lyrics by March 15th.
EVENING CONCERT DETAILS
Call Time: 6pm
Concert Start Time: 7pm
Concert End Time: 8pm
*Sound-checks will be completed between 6 - 6:30pm the evening of the concert. Please bring your instrument of choice. We will provide cables, stands, and sound system. Due to the acoustic and simple nature of this concert, no monitors will be provided unless arrangements have been made with Jason.
If you have questions, please contact Jason Phelps, Director of Worship and Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The pattern of the Stations of the Cross goes back to a discipline initiated by St. Francis in the early 13th century. That pattern offers a number of stopping places or stations to reflect on the journey of Jesus from his being sentenced to death to his crucifixion and resurrection. The ‘pattern’ provides a way of reflecting on our individual lives from that moment when we recognize that we are mortal through to and beyond our death. No easy answers are provided… to participate in the reflective journey is a discipline that helps us to live an intentional life.
1. The Last Supper Matthew 26:26-30
What, then, is the heart of this Supper? The actions of the breaking of bread, of distributing it to those who are His own, and of sharing the chalice of wine -- with the words that accompany them and within the context of prayer in which they occur: It is the institution of the Eucharist; it is the great prayer of Jesus and the Church."
2. The Garden of Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41; Luke 22:40-46
Reflect on your understanding of who Jesus really is. In Gethsemane, perhaps more than in any other scene of the Gospels, we see the fully human Jesus, the One who “in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.” This means, among other things, that Jesus understands when we are tested, when we are weak, when we aren’t sure we want God’s will for our lives. In Jesus, we have, not a god who is watching us from a distance, but One who knows our every weakness, and who is there to help us in our time of trial.
3. Jesus before Pilate Mark 15:1-5, 15; John 19:4-16
See Jesus in your silence with a quiet strength that reveals a peace and a resolve. Ask Jesus to help you deal with the unfairness of life without becoming critical of others., to help you be sensitive to the pain and feelings of others and to give you the courage to do what is right without being swayed by the demands of others.
4. The Scourging and the crowning with thorns John 19:1-3; Mark 15:15-20
Because Jesus humbled himself, because he endured the humiliation of the cross, including the crown of thorns, therefore God exalted him to the highest place. For Jesus, the path to glory as King of kings included the path of disgrace. Because he wore the crown of thorns, Jesus would receive the crown of universal worship.
5. The Receiving of the cross John 19:6, 15-17
Let us remember the times when he had to carry our cross in the form of sin, sickness, pain, worry, despair, loneliness, guilt, loss of loved ones, financial problems and so on. As Jesus bore the cross with patience, let us be patient with our cross and look forward towards greater glory.
6. The Fall Luke 22:28-32
Let this be the last time we sin. Let us make our hearts strong and pray to Jesus for strength to fight the temptations of Satan. Let us become closer to God during this Lenten Season, through Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving.
7. Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26
When we were burdened with our cross, when the cross was too heavy for us to carry, Jesus would have sent someone into our lives to help us carry the cross. It may have been your spouse, your parents, your children, your friends or even a stranger. Jesus would never abandon us. Let us thank Jesus for all those people who gave us hope
8. The Women of Jerusalem Luke 23:27-31
Let us be compassionate and merciful to the people around us. Let us open our eyes to the people suffering in this world. As Jesus comforted the women of Jerusalem, let us have mercy on those in distress. Let our hearts reach out to the Sinners and the people who yet don’t know Jesus.
9. The Stripping of his Garments John 19:23-24
Surrender all those moments in your life which you wish had never ever happened and want to forget forever. It may have been a moment of great embarrassment or great shame. It may be a moment when somebody insulted you or hurt you deeply. When Jesus was stripped of his clothes, he was ashamed and hurt, but he bore everything for our sins. Let us invite Jesus to heal our wounds and surrender all painful moments of our lives to Him
10. The Good Thief Luke 23:39-43
Three men being crucified, suffering excruciating pain, literally. (The word “excruciating” comes from the Latin cruciare, “to crucify.”) One man begins taunting Jesus, sarcastically calling out for salvation he knows Jesus can’t deliver. The other, sensing something that he has never felt before, defends Jesus as an innocent victim. Then, in desperate hope, he cries out: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” What does your voice cry out?
11. Mary and John Below the cross John 19:25-27
Ask God to make you whole so that you may love with the compassion with which God has given you. Ask for courage to stand beside those who are hurting and share their pain. God knows everything about you, your weakness, your faults, and your sin.
12. The Death of Jesus Luke 23:44-46; Mark 15:33-39; John 19:30
Let the Sinful Man in us die on the Cross along with Jesus. Let us resolve to never sin again and avoid all temptation.
13. The laying in the tomb Matthew 27:57-61; Luke 23:53-54
Jesus, you died for our sins and purchased for us the reward of eternal life. Let us always keep that in our minds and live this life with hope.
14. The Resurrection Matthew 28:1-7
Let us look forward to the Eternal Life that Jesus has offered us by giving his own life as ransom. Let us pray to Jesus for the grace of a happy death.