The Garden of Gethsemane

I haven’t written since well before my transition to Minneapolis. Grace and peace from up north to the few of you who have followed and read this blog over the last few years! As you can imagine, life has been quite busy over the course of the last couple of months.

In the future, I’m going to continue to write in a similar manner as before, but in addition I’m also going to use this blog as a way to either reflect on the past Sunday of worship, or on some occasions as a way to look at preparing for the week to come.

We arrived to Minneapolis in time to start walking through the season of Lent. Our Lenten series is titled ’24’ and in it we are taking a look at the events of the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life up until his execution on Good Friday. This past week we looked at Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Below you can see a resource that I wrote up and shared with our worship team at rehearsal. I’ve gotten into the routine of writing up these service planning notes as a way of connecting the themes of what we are singing as a church community to the themes of the scripture and sermon we’ll be hearing proclaimed. I hope these will serve you in a similar manner.

24 | The Garden

City Church

March 8, 2015 

Matthew 26:36-56


This is a very unusual and unsettling story. It shows us a vulnerable Jesus. It shows us a struggling Jesus. It shows us a Jesus all alone in facing the most important decision of his life. And we see him decide knowing full well the magnitude of the sacrifice he is about to make for all of humanity. And almost as soon as he says, “Amen,” he finds himself on the irrevocable path to the cross.



– Jesus’ request to be delivered from what he had been called to do

– Ultimate submission to the will of his father.

– Knowing our spiritual gifts or our strengths and finding a job that fits us perfectly.

– It’s not a bad desire, but it needs to be balanced by the notion…

– Sometimes we just need to obey God and follow him no matter how hard it may be. – Jesus did this and did it for us. For that we’re eternally grateful.

 Come Thou Fount

  • ‘Prone to wander, Lord I feel it’
  • Gathering Song
  • Prepare hearts for worship
  • Surrender/Submission
  • Remembering God’s Faithfulness (Ebenezer | Stone of Remembrance | 1 Samuel 7)

Christ is Enough

  • Sufficiency of Christ
  • Finding Joy in Trial
  • ‘The Cross before me the world behind me’

 Speak O Lord

  • Prayer for Illumination leading into the sermon
  • ‘Teach us Lord full obedience, holy reverence, True Humility.
  • Song about being confirmed in the likeness of Christ through God’s Word.

I Shall Not Want

  • Song seeking deliverance
  • When we taste God’s goodness, nothing worldly can compare

 When I Survey

  • Christ’s obedience led to his death on the Cross for the sake of Sinners
  • This was the ‘Cup’ that Jesus was hoping to pass by.
  • By drinking of this cup we can indeed be eternally grateful.
  • “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” – D. Bonhoeffer

You Alone Can Rescue

  • Song reflects our story of salvation “Who O Lord could save themselves?’
  • Hope and Salvation are in Christ Alone
  • Boasting in the work of Christ. ‘To You alone belongs the highest praise!”


Whatever you may be facing, do what Jesus did:

Seek God in prayer. Ask for what you need.

Then trust him saying, “your will be done.”

Amen. Go in peace.

Other Possible Song Ideas

Lead Us Back – Sojourn

Take My Life and Let it Be

Be Thou My Vision

Man of Sorrows – Hillsong

Show Us Christ – Sovereign Grace Music

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