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April 21, Good Friday

April 21, 2011     Good Friday

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

All people, all living things suffer

And all people, all living things die.

Jesus, being one of us, suffered.

His great, compassionate love led him to the cross and a violent, painful death.

Why then do we focus on this?

We would rather get on with Easter.

But Easter is meaningless, hollow, without Good Friday.  A great mystery of our faith is that new life, new hope, new creation, emerge out of suffering and even death.

So let us not shrink from the painful side of life.

Let us rejoice when it is time to rejoice, and cry when it is time to cry.

Let us praise God, who is ever with us in joy and in sorrow.  And let us now journey with Jesus to the cross.

 HYMN:    "O Come And Mourn"              136  VU

PRAYER OF APPROACH:  Gracious God, on this day we gather to remember with love and tears the suffering and death of Jesus of Nazareth. We believe that this despised and rejected man of sorrows has borne our griefs and has been wounded for the transgressions of humanity.  We come to this worship in deep repentance for our individual sins and in recommitment of our lives to end suffering, pain, and death in all times and places.  Amen.

 

Duet - Debbe Rogers & Bill Nicholson  “Before the Crucifix” by Frank LaForge

REFLECTION

HYMN:  The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suff’ring and shame; And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, Till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me; For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see, For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; Its shame and reproach gladly bear; Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away, Where His glory forever I’ll share.

 

THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS

THE FIRST WORD:  "Forgive them, Father!  They do not know what they are doing."  Luke 23:33-34  

* Drape covers on Candelabrum

Jesus - you gave your life for us.

You suffered and died that we might be made whole.

THE SECOND WORD:  "Today you will be with me in Paradise." Luke 23:39-43   

* Drape cover over Bible

Jesus - you gave your life for us.

You suffered and died that we might be made whole.

Hymn: "Beneath the Cross of Jesus"      135 VU

THE THIRD WORD:  "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother."  John 19:25-27     

* Drape cover over Baptismal Font

Jesus - you gave your life for us.

You suffered and died that we might be made whole.

THE FOURTH WORD:  "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

Mark 15:33-34

*  Drape cover over Antipendium

Jesus - you gave your life for us.

You suffered and died that we might be made whole.

Hymn: "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross"              149 VU

THE FIFTH WORD:  "I thirst."   John 19:28  

*  Drape cover over Communion Table

Jesus - you gave your life for us.

You suffered and died that we might be made whole.

THE SIXTH WORD:  "It is finished" John 19:29-30

*  Extinguish The Christ Candle

Jesus - you gave your life for us.

You suffered and died that we might be made whole.

Anthem

THE SEVENTH WORD:  "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!"  And having said this he breathed his last.  Luke 23:46      

*  Drape cover over the Cross

 

Jesus - you gave your life for us.

You suffered and died that we might be made whole.

SILENT MEDITATION

PRAYERS OF GOD'S PEOPLE

THE LORD'S PRAYER             

HYMN:  154 VU "Why Has God Forsaken Me"

BENEDICTION

SILENT DEPARTURE :  Please feel free to remain as long as you wish, to meditate upon the meaning of Jesus’ death for the world and for your own life.
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