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)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(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
LITANY for GOOD FRIDAY
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.
BREAKING of BREAD
And so we proclaim:
This is the death we celebrate.
This is the new life we proclaim.
This is the vision we await.
SHARING the ELEMENTS
(please come forward for communion)
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
NOTICES and CONCLUDING PRAYER
Hymn 403 * Were you there?
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)