I pondered putting together a whole new worship gathering such as the "Because of the Cross" gathering that I have here already, but instead I think I am going to do a whole series of these short ideas. Some of them are going to be things from deeper in the site and some of the are going to be new things that I have recently thought about. My first one is pulling from that old worship outline but I think it is a really great idea.
The Torn Veil
You will need a 3inX3in square of black cloth for everyone in your group. Cut a small slit into one side of the cloth so that they will be easier to tear. You don’t have to be exact with the size, just create something that is easy to hold and tear.
Read Luke 23:45-47.
Begin to pass out the cloths (we placed them in our offering plates).
Say: This small verse is tucked in among the powerful verses of the crucifixion, but it contains a world of hope for us. This veil wasn’t just an ordinary piece of fabric. The temple was divided into sections. The holy place where the priests served and then the holy of holies. This place separated by a veil 3 inches thick was where one priest would go once a year to make the atonement for the sins of all of Israel. The veil was the symbol of God’s separation from us.
Have you ever felt left out. Sometimes we feel separated from God either because we don’t feel good enough, or smart enough, or pretty enough. Have you ever felt like you had messed up too much for God to really listen to you? Have you ever felt hearing from God, communicating with God, was something that other people–better people–did but not you?
When the veil tore from top to bottom that was God’s way of inviting you in to hang out with Him. It was God’s way of saying that you were now granted access to Him. With Jesus’ sacrifice our separation from God could end.
Spend few minutes thinking about what it feels like to be left out in the cold. You may feel like you are separated from God. If that is the case pray about why you feel that way. If you don’t feel like you are apart from God imagine what it would be like to live your life constantly separated from Him.
Then as you pray, tear your veil into. Then thank God for opening the way for you to be with Him.
After a few moments you may need to tear your own piece of cloth because sometimes people can be self-conscious about being first.