Watchword for the Week

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only

Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not

perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2013)

ORGAN PRELUDE

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 382 * O Sacred Head, sore wounded!

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

PRAYERS of APPROACH

Ending with the words:

We lay our burdens before you, suffering Servant Lord, and confess before you now our complicity and sin:

We wholeheartedly repent of the evil we have done, and of the evil done on our behalf; and we look for grace to offer forgiveness, and to know ourselves forgiven.

WORDS of ASSURANCE

THE PASSION OF OUR LORD

(from the Gospel of John: NT, page 141)

John 18:1-8 The arrest of Jesus

John 18:15-18 Peter denies Jesus

Hymn 356 verse 1 Meekness and majesty

John 18:28-40 Jesus before Pilate

Jesus is sentenced to death

Hymn 356 verse 2 Father’s pure radiance

John 19:16-24 The soldiers mock Jesus

Jesus is crucified

Hymn 356 verse 3 Wisdom unsearchable

John 19:28-30 The death of Jesus

John 19:38-42 The burial of Jesus

Hymn 403 * Were you there?

SERMON Rev. James Brown

Hymn 374 From heaven you came

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)

(Hymn of the Month, March 2013)

AFFIRMATION of FAITH (Philippians 2:5 f)

The attitude we 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 a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humbled 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 all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

INSTITUTION and THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you, and also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

… with the whole company of heaven we praise you in the angels’ hymn:

Hymn 769 Holy, holy, holy

Now we celebrate the feast of our redemption …

and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever. Amen.

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

BREAKING of BREAD

Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world: grant us peace.

COMMUNION (please come forward to share)

SHARING GOD’S PEACE

Hymn 380 * There is a green hill far away

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)

ORGAN POSTLUDE

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