A Service for Good Friday : Lifting up The Cross

With our communal worship services currently "on hold", in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, what follows is a contemporary Good Friday service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about thirty five (35) minutes.

Remember This Day

This is a holy day.

Being apart from one another allows us to be silent. To sit in silence. To stand in silence. To remember in silence. To give thanks in silence.

 

Within this service there will be times for your individual silent reflection.

Take a moment now to pause, bow your head and keep silent.

Christ became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and has given him the name that is above every name.  (Philippians 2:8–9)

When you are ready, please proceed.

Opening Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and if you feel you are called to do so then sing along with, the video, "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

Let Us Confess

 

Let us confess, aloud, together.

We have sinned

in what we have thought and said,

in the wrong we have done

and in the good we have not done.

We have sinned in ignorance:

we have sinned in weakness
we have sinned through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry.

We repent and turn to you.

Forgive us for our Saviour Christ’s sake, and renew our lives to the glory of your name. Amen.

Allow yourself a brief period of reflective silence.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Let us never forget that God forgives us, so we forgive others, and forgive yourselves. In this way, let us accept and know God's peace.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)

 

Let us pray, aloud, together.

Lord Jesus Christ,
crucified for us,
we kneel at the foot of your cross to watch with you.
Help us to see the cost of our forgiveness
so that we may be made new through your love;
for the glory of your holy name.

The Peace

 

I say to you:

The Peace of God be with you all.

 

Please respond aloud:

 

And also with you.

HYMN

 

Let us continue by watching, and if you feel you are called to do so then sing along with, the video, "The Old Rugged Cross."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Gospel reading

 

Let us continue by listening to the words of Holy Scripture.

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the audio player below:

The Passion of Christ
00:00 / 17:51

Allow yourself a period of silent personal reflection

Our Prayers (and I encourage you to pray aloud)

 

A prayer for the Corona Virus situation
 

Merciful God, we pray for the people who have contracted the coronavirus in New Zealand and around the world.  Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones who have died and peace to those worried, fearful and uncertain as the virus spreads.  We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus and those in the health services who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients.



Heavenly Father, help us all to be understanding, patient, and responsible in what we do in our lives to prevent the spread of the virus by taking heed of the recommended precautions and avoiding situations which may make things worse.

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages, bringing sight to the blind, curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.



(pause for silent, personal reflection)
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

As we gather together today, we remember the supreme sacrifice of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Led like a lamb to the slaughter, clothed in humility and grace, he willing offered himself to death so that we might live forever. We are truly thankful for the extent of his love, stretched out on a cruel wooden cross. We dwell on the pain he bore for us and are truly grateful for the forgiveness that He offers. Even now as we are in physical isolation, we come together here to worship and praise you now. Help us to live in the wonder of this goodness and marvel at His endless grace. Amen.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

Jesus, Today we pause to remember your sacrificial love.

That shone light into the darkness.

That bore life from such emptiness.

That revealed hope out of devastation.

That spoke truth through incrimination.

That released freedom in spite of imprisonment,

And brought us forgiveness instead of punishment.

 

Thank you that we can now walk in the light of your life, Hope, truth, freedom and forgiveness, This day and everyday. Amen.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

Almighty God, we pray that you will look us this day - your family.

Your family which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed.

Content to be given up into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross;

but who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever, world without end. Amen.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

HYMN

 

Let us continue by watching, and if you feel you are called to do so then sing along with, the video, "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?"

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Psalm

 

Let us continue by listening to the words of Holy Scripture.

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the audio player below:

Psalm_22
00:00 / 04:10

The Lord's Prayer

 

Remembering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, beacuse Jesus Christ has taught us:
 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.

HYMN

 

Let us continue by watching, and if you feel you are called to do so then sing along with, the video, "My Song Is Love Unknown"

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

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