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Holy Week – Good Friday Service

Good Friday 10:30am 10th April 2020

Good Friday 10:30am 10th April 2020

 

YouTube playlist: Service at Home Good Friday

Our service this morning consists of three readings from John’s Gospel, each followed by a monologue.  After each monologue spend a few moments in silence, thinking and praying about what you have read.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3 verse 16.

Watch: Welcome and lighting of the Lent cross

Today we remember how Jesus went willingly to the cross so that you and I and everyone who trusts in him could be forgiven and receive new, eternal life.

7 candles are lit.

Lord Jesus, we have come here this Good Friday morning to remember your sacrifice for us and for all people.  We thank you for your great love.  Help us to show your love to all those we meet.

Help us to grow closer to you and stronger in our faith.  Amen.

Song: There is a Green Hill

Prayer:

Lord, your love is perfect and eternal. Your love for us is so great that You were willing to become fully human, to share all the joys and sadness of a human life, to suffer and die on the cross to wipe out our wrongdoing. We can always rely on your love, no matter where we are or what we do.  We thank you for your love and care for each one of us.  We are sorry that our love for you is such a pale shadow of your love for us.  Our love often falters and sometimes grows cold.  Forgive us Lord.  In a time of quiet now we remember all the things we have done wrong, knowing that if we are truly sorry you are always ready to forgive us -----

God is love and forgives our sins through Jesus.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Watch: John 18 verse 28 to 19 verse 16 and monologue by Pilate

Time of quiet reflection

Prayer in response

Dear Lord Jesus, we worship you as a king above all kings – the king of a kingdom far greater than we can imagine.  Lord Jesus, we worship you for laying aside your majesty and coming into this world.  We worship you for going to the cross to die in agony.  We know that you didn’t have to.  We know that you could have denied the truth and been set free.

Lord Jesus, we’re amazed that you did all this for us.

And Lord Jesus, we’re amazed at the truth to which you came to testify.  The truth that by believing in you, we are forgiven.  The truth that by believing in you, we will not perish but have eternal life.

Lord Jesus, help us always to keep that truth close to our hearts.  Help us to keep it central to our lives.  Because, without that truth, we live in darkness, shame and hopelessness.  But with the truth in our hearts, we know that we have nothing to fear and we can look forward to living in your kingdom forever.  We know that by your death we have life.  Amen.

 

Song Jesus Christ I think upon your sacrifice

Watch: John 19 verses 17 to 24 and monologue by Mary Magdalene

Time of quiet reflection

Prayer in response

Lord Jesus, when we think that it was for us that you bore the pain and humiliation of the cross, that it was for us that you endured the even greater pain of separation from your Father God, taking all the consequences of our wrongdoing upon yourself, we are humbled once again by the depth of your love for us.  We can only thank you with our whole hearts and try, with your help, to live lives more worthy of your sacrifice.  Help us to accept the forgiveness and new life that you obtained for us at such great cost.  And help us never to forget how much you love us.  May we reach out to others in that love, so that they too may know what you have done for them.  Amen.

Song: How deep the Fathers Love

Watch: John 19 verses 25 to 42 and monologue by the disciple John

Time of quiet reflection

Prayer in response (from SPCK Book of Christian Prayer 1012)

Let us pray to the Father, who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son to give us life.

Simon from Cyrene was forced to carry the cross for your Son.  Give us grace to lift heavy loads off those we meet and to serve you in whatever way you ask.

Your Son watched the soldiers gamble to share his clothes.

Look with your forgiveness on those who make a profit from their victims, and on those whose hearts may be hardened by their work.

The thief looked for a part in the coming of your kingdom and received your Son’s words of hope and comfort.  Give hope and reconciliation, healing and peace to all who look death in the face today.

In Mary and John your Son created a new family at the cross.  Fill our relationships, and those of new families today, with mutual care and responsibility, and give us a secure hope for the future.

Nicodemus came to take your Son’s body away.  Give gentleness, hope and faith to all who minister to the dying and bereaved and give courage to those whose faith is secret.

Simon and Nicodemus, Mary and John became part of your Church in Jerusalem.  May your Church today be filled with such different people, united by the cross, and celebrating our unity in your Son with all your saints in glory.

We ask our prayers in the Name of Your Son, Jesus.  Amen.

 

Song: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

 

Final prayer: (by Nick Fawcett)

Lord Jesus Christ, there are no words sufficient to express the wonder of your love, no deeds sufficient to express the enormity of our gratitude, but we ask that you will receive our worship, our faith and our lives as a token of our thanksgiving, and as a sign of our love for you.

Lord Jesus Christ, receive this day our heartfelt praise, and use us to your glory; for your name’s sake.  Amen.