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April 10, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Good Friday

God calls us and our Opening Sentences

God forbid that I should boast of anything
but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In him is salvation, life, and resurrection from the dead;
by him we are redeemed and set free.
May God be gracious to us and bless us,
and make his face shine upon us.
(Galatians 6:14 REB, Psalm 67:1 NIV – Church Rites, p283)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Song: O dearest Jesus (347ATOK)

1. O dearest Jesus, with your body broken,
God’s final sentence, God’s last word, is spoken.
We see, with eyes that know about your crying,
your crucifying.

2. Why did they mock you? Why did people jeer you?
Aren’t you the king? The whole world should have cheered you.
Ah, but our hearts are cold, and we are blinded,
so evil-minded.

Words: Robin Mann © 1982, based on Johann Heermann (1585-1647) Music: J Crüger (1640) based on an earlier melody CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209

The Psalm:    Psalm 22:1,2,7,8,14-19,22,23
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; “Commit your cause to the Lord;
Let him deliver – let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;
my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled; I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him all you offspring of Israel! My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

God hears our prayer:

Let us pray that we accept the cross of Christ … (silence)
Almighty and merciful God, we thank you for bringing life and peace for us through the shame, suffering, and death of your Son. Teach us to boast about nothing but the cross of Christ, and be willing to suffer gladly for his sake. For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

God speaks:

Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 52:13-53:12 – The Suffering Servant of God
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Reading – Hebrews 10:16-25 – Jesus, our priest and sacrifice
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – John 18:1 – 19:42 – The passion according to St John
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

A pause for reflection. 
We confess the Christian Faith:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Song: O sacred Head, now wounded (450LSB)

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss, till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call Thee mine.

2. What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered
was all for sinners’ gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Saviour!
‘Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favour,
and grant to me Thy grace.

Text: Attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153); German version Paul Gerhardt (1607 – 1676), alt.


O sacred Head, now wounded (450LSB)

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank Thee, dearest Friend,
for this, Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
Oh, make me thine forever!
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never,
outlive my love for Thee.

4. Be Thou my consolation,
my shield when I must die;
remind me of Thy passion
when my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee,
upon Thy cross shall dwell,
my heart by faith enfold Thee.
Who dieth thus dies well!

Text: Attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 – 1153); German version Paul Gerhardt (1607 – 1676), alt.

God hears our intercessions:

On this most sacred day when our Lord, who has been lifted up to draw all people to himself, has gone before us to the Father, we his body stand with him before the Father and intercede for his church and his world.

For the church
Let us pray for the holy church of God throughout the world, that God the almighty Father will grant peace to his church, preserve it in unity, and protect it throughout the world.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, you have shown your glory to all nations in Christ your Son: Guide the work of your church; help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name, and bring your salvation to people everywhere.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the bishops, pastors and people of the church
Let us pray for the Chairman of our church, George, and for all pastors and servants of the church, and for all the people of God.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, you guide the church and keep it holy. Help all of us to work faithfully for you.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those searching for faith
Let us pray for those who are searching for faith in God or being prepared for baptism, that God will wash them in the waters of new birth, and give them his Holy Spirit.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, you continually add new members to your church. Increase the faith and understanding of those being prepared for baptism. Give them new birth by water and the Spirit, and strengthen them by your grace to life eternal.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the unity of the Christian church
Let us pray for all Christians, that God will gather us by his Spirit and keep us united in faith and love.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, you have made us your holy people by our common baptism. Make us one in our confession of faith, increase our love for each other, and help us to work together in your mission to the people of the world.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For the Jewish people
Let us pray for the Jewish people, to whom God spoke through the prophets, that they will acknowledge Jesus as the Christ foretold by the prophets.
(Silent prayer)
Almighty Father, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his descendants. Grant that your chosen people may share with us the fullness of your redemption. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those who do not yet believe in Christ
Let us pray for all who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ, that the light of the Holy Spirit will show them the way of salvation.
(Silent prayer)
Heavenly Father, remember those who do not remember you. Have mercy on those who have rejected your grace. Guide those who seek to make sense of their lives, so that they may find their salvation in Jesus Christ.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those in public office
Let us pray for those who serve us in public office, that God may use them to curb what is evil and work for the wellbeing of our nation.
(Silent prayer)
Heavenly Father, guide all the nations of the earth, so that they may promote justice and peace. Bless this land and all who hold positions of responsibility – Queen Elizabeth and her ministers. Direct the parliaments in this land, so that we may enjoy good government, and live together in freedom and harmony. Guide all leaders who govern countries which are dear to us. Strengthen the men and women of our armed forces. Give them wisdom in all things, that they might serve you without stumbling or stain. Keep their families safe and sound during days of separation.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For those in need
Let us pray for all the needy people of the earth, that God will provide for them according to their needs.
(Silent prayer)
Heavenly Father, heal those who are physically sick and mentally disturbed. Protect all who work in any danger. Support those who are aged and dying. Comfort those who are hungry and lonely. Relieve those who are oppressed and free those who are unjustly imprisoned.

Finally, let us pray for all those things for which our Lord would have us ask, saying: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Song: O dearest Jesus (347ATOK)

3. We made your crown with thorns from deep inside us,
hammered your hands with nails no-one supplied us.
We need no help to stage a crucifixion –
it’s our affliction.

4. Yet, by your dying death has been defeated.
Life was destroyed, but life has been created.
One final cry, and, though your life was ended,
we were befriended.

5. Sleep, dearest Jesus, sleep until your waking.
When morning comes this old world will be breaking.
Death cannot hold you – death is not that clever.
God lives forever!

Words: Robin Mann © 1982, based on Johann Heermann (1585-1647) Music: J Crüger (1640) based on an earlier melody CCLE Licence N°697199 MRL Licence N°697209


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all.