Watchword for Good Friday

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him may not perish

but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)



(Verses from Psalm 22)

My God, my God,

why have you abandoned me? I have cried

desperately for help, but still it does not come;

during the day I call to you, my God, but you

do not answer; I call at night, but get no rest.

I am no longer a human being; I am a worm,

despised and scorned by everyone!

All who see me jeer at me; they stick out their

tongues and shake their heads.

“You relied on the Lord,” they say.

“Why doesn’t he save you? If the Lord

likes you, why doesn’t he help you?”

My strength is gone, gone like water

spilt on the ground. All my bones are out of joint;

my heart is like melted wax.

My throat is as dry as dust,

and my tongue sticks to the roof of my

mouth. You have left me for dead in the dust.

But you are enthroned as the Holy One,

the one whom Israel praises.

Our ancestors put their trust in you;

they trusted you, and you saved them.

They called to you and escaped from danger;

they trusted you and were not disappointed.

Hymn 405 We sing the praise of him who died


Merciful God, we meet each other today at this

cross as inhabitants of one world…


As those who… :

be merciful to us.

The Passion Narrative in John’s Gospel

St. John 18:1-11 NT p. 141

The Arrest of Jesus

Hymn 356 *v. 1 Meekness and majesty

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)

St. John 18:15-18 NT p. 141

Jesus before Annas | Peter Denies Jesus

Hymn 356 *v. 2 Father’s pure radiance

St. John 18:19-27 NT p. 142

The High Priest Questions Jesus

Peter Denies Jesus Again

Hymn 356 *v. 3 Wisdom unsearchable

St. John 18:28-38a NT p. 142

Jesus is Brought before Pilate

TEXT Pilate’s Wife [Carol Ann Duffy]

(from: “The World’s Wife”)

St. John 18:38b – 19:16a NT p. 143

Jesus is Sentenced to Death

Hymn 399 v. 1-4 My song is love unknown

St. John 19:16b-30 NT p. 143

Jesus is Crucified | The Death of Jesus

TEXT Nightmare [Colin Ferguson]

(“A Meditation for Good Friday”)

St. John 19:31-42 NT p. 144

Jesus’ Side is Pierced | The Burial of Jesus

Hymn 382 * O Sacred Head, sore wounded

SERMON Rev. James Brown

Hymn 395 What wondrous love is this?

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)

(Hymn of the Month, April 2017)

AFFIRMATION of FAITH (Philippians 2:5-11)

The attitude you should have

is the one that Christ Jesus had:

He always had the nature of God,

but he did not think that by force

he should try to remain equal with God.

Instead of this, of his own free will he gave

up all he had, and took the nature of a

servant. He became like a human being and

appeared in human likeness. He was humble

and walked the path of obedience all the way

to death – his death on the cross.

For this reason God raised him to the

highest place above and gave him the name

that is greater than any other name.

And so, in honour of the name of Jesus all

beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world

below will fall on their knees, and will openly

proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the

glory of God the Father. Amen.


…oppressor who lies deep in our own soul; the

seeking and the loving. And we give thanks for

all that holds us together in our humanity;

that binds us to all who live and have lived,

who have cried and are crying, who hunger

and are thirsty, who pine of justice, and who

hold out for the time that is coming.


And so we proclaim:

This is the death we celebrate.

This is the new life we proclaim.

This is the vision we await.


(please come forward for communion)



Hymn 403 * Were you there?

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)