Virtual Good Friday Service – April 2, 2021

8:30 am

April 2, 2021

Virtual Service

Welcome to virtual Good Friday!

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Good Friday Service

Today’s service will be offered in 2 formats – video and text. If you wish, you can download and print the service from this document – link – or you can read the complete service below.


Music: ”Were You There?”

The Cross

The cross is so many things. It is pain and healing. It is defeat and victory. It is death and life. But one of the things that the cross is to me is a declaration–an unashamed declaration–of God’s love for us. The birth of Jesus was a small affair, just a few shepherds and a wise man or three, but His death was public. It was out in the open. It wasn’t hidden away in some corner. It was God saying to the whole world. “You want to know how much I love you? You want to know how far I will go to make sure you know I care? Well, check this out! Here is my love.”

Call to Worship

You do not call us to worship because everything is sure. You call us to worship because everything is good. You call us, O God, in the midst of turbulence and violence to follow in the footsteps of the Crucified one; to take up the cross for those who cannot bear it, and to let peace be our watchword in life’s seasons.
(Robin Wardlaw, L/E The Gathering 2013 )

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:33-39

The Death of Jesus
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

Hymn: “There is a Redeemer”

There is a redeemer
Jesus, God’s own Son
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah
Holy One

Refrain:
Thank you, oh my father
For giving us Your Son
And leaving Your Spirit
‘Til the work on Earth is done

Jesus my redeemer
Name above all names
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah
Oh, for sinners slain

Refrain

When I stand in Glory
I will see His face
And there I’ll serve my King forever
In that Holy Place

Refrain

Good Friday Reflection: “What If??”

What if? What if on Palm Sunday, Jesus was given the crown. I mean a king’s crown, the jewelled crown.

What if He was not given the crown of thorns, on Good Friday?

What if on Palm Sunday Jesus rode in on a steed, a beautiful white steed, instead of the humble donkey?

What if Jesus had obeyed the rules?

What if he didn’t look after his neighbour, those who were considered outcasts?

What if Peter didn’t deny him three times?

What if Judas hadn’t sold him for some silver coins?

What if?

Makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?

What if?

I think what I realize is just how much Jesus was human and how much Jesus was divine. I remember watching “The Passion;” I think I watched it three times, three very emotional times. And, although it was very gruesome, I realized that there is no way a human could have done what Jesus did. He couldn’t have been beaten that way and still been alive. Carrying the cross alone. I don’t know how. I really don’t know how. I have trouble carrying this one!

Yeah, He did superhuman things. Good Friday was about showing the divinity, but the human side was there, as that was a human body.

“God forgive them for they know not what they do.” There couldn’t have been any “what ifs,” because this was part of God’s plan. It was God’s plan to show us all how much He loves us. To give us freedom to be with Him, to talk with Him whenever we want to, that there would be nothing standing between us and God. For Jesus took that sin upon His shoulders and His hands, here on the cross.

So, when we talk about the gift God gave us, it really was the gift of life.

So today is Good Friday, for God loves you so much He gave you the cross. He gave you Jesus in your heart. Your heart is filled. Go out into the world and do what Jesus did. Help those who aren’t like you. Help those who need a hand. Love one another. Be a good neighbour.

Prayer

Dear God, we remember today the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.

Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you have freely given, what you have done for us.

Thank you, Lord, that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you, that because of your huge sacrifice we can live freely. Thank you, that sin and death have been conquered and that your power is everlasting.

Thank you, that we can say with great hope, “It is finished.” For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting. We praise you, for you are making all things new.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Sacrament of Holy Communion

God calls us to him. Through Jesus Christ we are forgiven; all we have to do is ask.

“God we ask for your forgiveness today, for the sins and not too nice things we have done. We ask you to be with us today as we come to your table, as we share this meal together.”

All are invited to this table, to receive God’s gift of love. Whether you are just starting your faith journey, or you have been travelling for years. Whether you have done something you wish you hadn’t, sinned against another, whether you are sick of mind, body or spirit, or struggling with things in your life, you are welcome here. God loves you and wants to share this special meal with you. You are worthy and loved!

Taking bread, Jesus blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them.

“This is my body, broken for you. Eat it in my memory.”

He did the same with the cup after supper, taking the cup, he blessed it, then said,

“Take this and drink this, all you. This is my blood shed for you. God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of their sins.”

Prayer of Consecration & Distribution of Elements

Let us pray. O God pour your Holy Spirit upon this bread and this wine for your use in our lives in this holy service of worship. Bless each person participating in this sacrament near and far. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, nourish you and strengthen you to do the will of God.
The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, grant unto you God’s gift of eternal life.
Amen.

In order to forgive oneself, we must have forgiveness from the one we have offended. Yet we are unworthy to ask God for forgiveness. That then is the whole reason for the cross. The cross did what sacrificed lambs could not do. It erased our sins for eternity. The cross did what we could not do. It granted us the right to talk with, love, and even live with God. You can’t do that by yourself. No matter how many worship services you attend or good deeds you do, your goodness is insufficient. You cannot be good enough to deserve forgiveness. No one bats a thousand. No one bowls three hundred. No one. Not you, not me, nor anyone. That’s why we have guilt in the world. That’s why we need a saviour. That’s why there was a cross.

You can’t forgive me for my sins nor can I forgive you for yours. Two kids in a mud puddle can’t clean each other. They need someone clean. Someone spotless. We need someone clean, too. That’s why we need a saviour. That’s why there was a cross. Amen.

Music: “Amazing Grace” – Ault Sisters

 

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Offering Prayer

Let us pray. O God, you gave us the greatest gift. You give us the gift of the bread and wine in this service of worship in this Holy Sacrament. We offer up to you our gifts of time, talent and treasure as we walk in the steps of Jesus. Amen.

Hymn: “Remember Me”

Jesus Remember Me when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus Remember Me when you come into your kingdom.

Benediction

The cross is empty. 

The crowds are gone.

The body is placed in its final place of rest.

The stone is rolled over the entrance of the tomb.  It looks like we have come to the end of the journey of Lent.  It is not what we expected when we followed the crowds into Jerusalem waving our palms.  Yet, remember what Jesus told us in Galilee, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”  Could it be true?

Yes, it is true. That is why we can leave our time together now,  knowing how deep God’s love is for us.

Music: “In Christ Alone”

Music: “When you Prayed Beneath the Trees”


In case you missed it…

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