Good Friday Liturgies

 

Good Friday 2014

 

Window in St Barnabas Anglican Church, Warrington, New Zealand

Window in St Barnabas Anglican Church, Warrington, New Zealand

Service of the Passion

and

Recognition of the Cross

 

 

 

 

(On this most solemn of days we would invite you to enter
and leave the church in silence.

Procession with cross:

 

Hymn: 342 When I survey

Greeting:

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

 

Let us pray:

 Crucified Saviour,

whose gruesome death turns everything upside down.

Open our hearts and minds to contradiction.

so that we will know you in unexpected places

and in extraordinary events

and our understanding of you and of ourselves

may be expanded and enriched. Amen.

 

Poem: T. S. Eliiot – from The Four Quartets (East Coker III, “I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope ..” to the end of III)

http://oedipa.tripod.com/eliot-2.html

 

Reflection:

 (For text see Good Friday post – 18.4.2014 https://swallowsrest.wordpress.com/)

An abandoned God;

a dying God

confronts our sense of decency

and at time sane time opens us to new possibilities –

to new ways of understanding God and ourselves.

 

Collect:

 

Holy God,

who teaches us that this day

which is so bad, is good.

Help us to live with in congruity

to know how much we do not know,

that understanding our limitations,

we may be open to the wisdom that comes from you alone. Amen.

 

Ministry of the Word

 

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

Hear the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me:

            why are you so far from helping me

            and from the words of my groaning?

My God, I cry to you by day, but you do not answer:

            and by night also I take no rest.

But you continue holy;

            you that are the praise of Israel.

In you our forebears trusted:

            they trusted and you delivered them.

To you they cried and they were saved:

            they put their trust in you and were not confounded.

But as for me, I am a worm and no man:

            the scorn of all and despised by the people.

Those that see me laugh me to scorn:

            they shoot out their lips at me

            and wag their heads, saying,

“He trusted in the Lord – let him deliver him:

            let him deliver him, if he delights in him.”

But you are he that took me out of the womb:

            that brought me to lie at peace on my mother’s breast.

On you have I been cast since my birth:

            you are my God, even from my mother’s womb.

O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand:

            and there is none to help.

Many oxen surround me:

            fat bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.

They gape wide their mouths at me:

            like lions that roar and rend.

I am poured out like water,

and all my bones are out of joint:

            my heart within my breast is like melting wax.

My mouth is dried up like a potsherd:

            and my tongue clings to my gums.

My hands and my feet are withered:

            and you lay me in the dust of death.

For many dogs are come about me:

            and a band of evildoers hem me in.

I can count all my bones:

            they stand staring and gazing upon me.

They part my garments among them:

            and cast lots for my clothing.

O Lord, do not stand far off:

            you are my helper, hasten to my aid.

Deliver my body from the sword:

            my life from the power of the dogs;

O save me from the lion’s mouth:

            and my afflicted soul from the horns of the wild oxen.

I will tell of your name to my companions:

            in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.

O praise the Lord, all you that fear him:

            hold him in honour, O seed of Jacob,

            and let the seed of Israel stand in awe of him.

For he has not despised nor abhorred

the poor man in his misery:

            nor did he hide his face from him,

            but heard him when he cried.

The meek shall eat of the sacrifice and be satisfied:

            and those who seek the Lord shall praise him –

            may their hearts rejoice forever!

Let all the ends of the earth remember

and turn to the Lord:

            and let all the families of the nations worship before him.

For the kingdom is the Lord’s:

            and he shall be ruler over the nations.

How can those who sleep in the earth do him homage:

            or those that descend to the dust bow down before him?

But he has saved my life for himself:

            and my posterity shall serve him.

This shall be told of my Lord to a future generation:

         and his righteousness declared to a people yet unborn,

         that he has done it.

 

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Hear the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Hymn: 345 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John Chapter 18 beginning
at verse 1.

Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

 

For the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Hymn: 341 My song is love unknown

(During the hymn a collection will be taken up for the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem)

 

Intercessions:

 

God who turns despair to hope, death to life.

Give us confidence in your power to change us and to change the world.

 

God who turns darkness to light,

bring peace and harmony to this troubled world.

Support world leaders as they try to diffuse the tensions in the Ukraine,

Encourage and protect peace-keepers throughout the world and especially in the Central African Republic,

Keep safe all aid workers, all who risk their own lives to bring food and health care to refugee camps and to victims of nations at war.

God who turns despair to hope, death to life.

Give us confidence in your power to change us and to change the world.

 

God who defies our expectations,

create in us a sense of anticipation,

an openness to change

and a willingness to be taken in new directions.

May our faith be alive to your presence with us.

God who turns despair to hope, death to life.

Give us confidence in your power to change us and to change the world.

 

God who turns despair to joy,

be with those whose lives feel empty and without meaning,

with those who cannot live life to the full because of age or disability,

and with all in our community who feel unloved and unsupported.

Open our hearts and eyes to the needs of those around us

and show us how we can best respond.

God who turns despair to hope, death to life.

Give us confidence in your power to change us and to change the world.

 

Crucified Saviour,

uphold the sick and the dying,

the lost and alone,

the vulnerable and the weak,

the very young and the very old,

and all who need to know your healing loving presence.

God who turns despair to hope, death to life.

Give us confidence in your power to change us and to change the world.

 

Everliving God,

may the death and resurrection of Jesus,

teach us that we have nothing to fear

and that death is only a new beginning,

to a new and eternal life.

God who turns despair to hope, death to life.

Give us confidence in your power to change us and to change the world.

 

Lord’s Prayer: Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who taught us to pray.

            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 forever. Amen.

 

Confession:

Our God whose love knows no bounds

comes to you – naked, weak and bleeding,

holding out holy hands, holey hands and asking only for your love in return.

Let us offer our hearts to God, confessing our sins, – the barriers that separate us from each other and from God.

Suffering God,

who gave everything for us

forgive us our arrogance and presumption,

our greed and self absorption,

our neglect of the vulnerable,

our carelessness with the worlds resources,

our unwillingness to trust in you

and our failure to accept and to share your love and compassion. Amen

 

Absolution:

God whose loveknows no bounds

forgives you and sets you free

to love God and to love one another.

Forgive others,

Forgive yourself. Amen.

Recognition of the cross:Solo: “Approach with awe this holiest place.” Words TimothyDudley-Smith, music David Lee.

(Recognition of the cross – you may like to place a flower at the foot of a cross, as a reminder that today is a day of contradiction, a reminder that God continually overturns our expectations so that we might rely on God and not ourselves. Alternately you are welcome to sit or stand in quiet reflection.)

 

Blessing: May the God who died for you, inspire you to live for God, and the blessing of God almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier be with you now and always. Amen.

 Hymn: 351 Lift high the cross

Please leave the church in silence

 Copyright: Marian Free , 2014

 

Good Friday 2012

Service of the Passion
and
Recognition of the Cross

(On this most solemn of days we would invite you to enter
and leave the church in silence.
)

Greeting:
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Introit: 345 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Eli Eli – by Judith Wright
http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/wright-judith/eli-eli-0483042

Reflection:

Let us pray:

Liberating God,
as you made yourself vulnerable for our sake,
so may we make ourselves vulnerable for yours.
As you allowed yourself to be dependent on us,
so may we learn to depend entirely on you.
As you gave your life for us,
so may we give our lives so others may live.
As we ponder the mystery of your passion,
may we understand that you withhold nothing from us.

The only thing that separates us from you is ourselves. Amen.
Collect:

Creator God,
who chose restraint over control
and who trusts us to choose between good and ill.
Help us to understand the cost to you of our freedom,
to learn to choose wisely,
and to know that it is in you and you alone that true freedom lies.
Amen.

Ministry of the Word

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me:
why are you so far from helping me
and from the words of my groaning?
My God, I cry to you by day, but you do not answer:
and by night also I take no rest.
But you continue holy;
you that are the praise of Israel.
In you our forebears trusted:
they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried and they were saved:
they put their trust in you and were not confounded.
But as for me, I am a worm and no man:
the scorn of all and despised by the people.
Those that see me laugh me to scorn:
they shoot out their lips at me
and wag their heads, saying,
“He trusted in the Lord – let him deliver him:
let him deliver him, if he delights in him.”
But you are he that took me out of the womb:
that brought me to lie at peace on my mother’s breast.
On you have I been cast since my birth:
you are my God, even from my mother’s womb.
O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand:
and there is none to help.
Many oxen surround me:
fat bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.
They gape wide their mouths at me:
like lions that roar and rend.
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint:
my heart within my breast is like melting wax.
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd:
and my tongue clings to my gums.

My hands and my feet are withered:
and you lay me in the dust of death.
For many dogs are come about me:
and a band of evildoers hem me in.
I can count all my bones:
they stand staring and gazing upon me.
They part my garments among them:
and cast lots for my clothing.
O Lord, do not stand far off:
you are my helper, hasten to my aid.
Deliver my body from the sword:
my life from the power of the dogs;
O save me from the lion’s mouth:
and my afflicted soul from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will tell of your name to my companions:
in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.
O praise the Lord, all you that fear him:
hold him in honour, O seed of Jacob,
and let the seed of Israel stand in awe of him.
For he has not despised nor abhorred
the poor man in his misery:
nor did he hide his face from him,
but heard him when he cried.
The meek shall eat of the sacrifice and be satisfied:
and those who seek the Lord shall praise him –
may their hearts rejoice forever!
Let all the ends of the earth remember
and turn to the Lord:
and let all the families of the nations worship before him.
For the kingdom is the Lord’s:
and he shall be ruler over the nations.
How can those who sleep in the earth do him homage:
or those that descend to the dust bow down before him?
But he has saved my life for himself:
and my posterity shall serve him.
This shall be told of my Lord to a future generation:
and his righteousness declared to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Hymn: 343 When I survey the wondrous cross
.
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John Chapter 18 beginning
at verse 21.
Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

For the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Hymn: 339 O sacred head sore wounded
(During the hymn a collection will be taken up for the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem)

Intercessions:

Vulnerable God,
open our eyes to see the ways in which our pride and our desire for independence sets us apart from you and put us into competition with others.
Suffering God.
Hear our prayer.

Risk-taking God,
help us to understand and to live up to your trust in us.
Give us the courage to trust your presence in us and the selflessness to build a world based on mutual love and understanding.
Suffering God.
Hear our prayer.

Desolate God,
open our hearts to the cries of those who feel abandoned, who feel that their plight is ignored by the world.
Suffering God.
Hear our prayer.

Suffering God,
when we are hurting or in despair remind us that you shared our sorrows
and our pain and that you are with us still.
Be with the sick and suffering and give to them the assurance of your presence with them.
Suffering God.
Hear our prayer.

God who was and is and is to come,
may we give ourselves to you in this life so that in the life to come we may be yours forever.

Lord’s Prayer: Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who taught us to pray.
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 forever. Amen.

Recognition of the cross: 341 My song is love unknown (During the singing of the hymn you might like to come forward and acknowledge the cross. Alternately you are welcome to sit or stand in quiet reflection.)

Confession:
At creation, God gave us freedom, so that we could choose how to live.
In the Incarnation, Jesus showed us what that freedom could look like.
On the cross, God willingly submitted to the choices we had made.

We have abused and misused the freedom God has given us, and still God withholds the power to control and direct our lives. Let us therefore confess our sins, accept our failure and trust in God’s infinite love and goodness.

God of freedom
we confess before you
and before each other,
that we have used our freedom for ourselves,
and have trusted ourselves and not you
with our fate and the fate of the world.
Free us from the desires and constraints of this material existence.
Forgive our self interest, our greed and our absence of vision.
Transform and heal us by your spirit with us.
Renew and encourage us by your life in us.
Give us a trust in your goodness, a willingness to submit our lives to you, and a commitment to share with you a love for all creation. Amen.

Absolution:

On the cross, Jesus affirmed our freedom.
Use that freedom wisely, for yourself,
and more especially for others.
Know in God’s forbearance, the deep love God has for you.
Understand that you are forgiven and extend that forgiveness to all
for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Blessing:

Hymn: 349 In the cross of Christ I glory

Please leave the church in silence

 Marian Free , 2011 (Revised 2012)

Visual at St Augustine's

(On this most solemn of days we would invite you to enter and leave the church in silence.)

 

Introit: Psalm Prelude Opus 32 no. 3  (This evocative organ piece by
English composer, Herbert Howells, was inspired by Psalm 23, v 4.
‘Though I walk though the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”)

Greeting:
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Hymn: 345 Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (Omit last verse)

Gathering:

Let us pray:

Crucified God,
as you placed yourself in our hands
may we now place ourselves in yours.
Free us from distraction and
open us to your presence.
Release us from all that limits and confines.
Expand our understanding and
increase our compassion.
Draw us into the mystery of your passion
and send us out restored and forgiven. Amen.

Collect:

God of truth,
who in Jesus revealed yourself to us,
give us open minds
and receptive hearts,
that we may be able to sift through conflicting stories
to discern what is good and true.
We ask this through the same Jesus Christ
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Ministry of the Word

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

Psalm 22
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me:
why are you so far from helping me
and from the words of my groaning?
My God, I cry to you by day, but you do not answer:
and by night also I take no rest.
But you continue holy;
you that are the praise of Israel.
In you our forebears trusted:
they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried and they were saved:
they put their trust in you and were not confounded.
But as for me, I am a worm and no man:
the scorn of all and despised by the people.
Those that see me laugh me to scorn:
they shoot out their lips at me
and wag their heads, saying,
“He trusted in the Lord – let him deliver him:
let him deliver him, if he delights in him.”
But you are he that took me out of the womb:
that brought me to lie at peace on my mother’s breast.
On you have I been cast since my birth:
you are my God, even from my mother’s womb.
O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand:
and there is none to help.
Many oxen surround me:
fat bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.
They gape wide their mouths at me:
like lions that roar and rend.

I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint:
my heart within my breast is like melting wax.
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd:
and my tongue clings to my gums.
My hands and my feet are withered:
and you lay me in the dust of death.
For many dogs are come about me:
and a band of evildoers hem me in.
I can count all my bones:
they stand staring and gazing upon me.
They part my garments among them:
and cast lost for my clothing.
O Lord, do not stand far off:
you are my helper, hasten to my aid.
Deliver my body from the sword:
my life from the power of the dogs;
O save me from the lion’s mouth:
and my afflicted soul from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will tell of your name to my companions:
in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.
O praise the Lord, all you that fear him:
hold him in honour, O seed of Jacob,
and let the seed of Israel stand in awe of him.
For he has not despised nor abhorred
the poor man in his misery:
nor did he hide his face from him,
but heard him when he cried.
The meek shall eat of the sacrifice and be satisfied:
and those who seek the Lord shall praise him –
may their hearts rejoice forever!
Let all the ends of the earth remember
and turn to the Lord:
and let all the families of the nations worship before him.
For the kingdom is the Lord’s:
and he shall be ruler over the nations.
How can those who sleep in the earth do him homage:
or those that descend to the dust bow down before him?
But he has saved my life for himself:
and my posterity shall serve him.
This shall be told of my Lord to a future generation:
and his righteousness declared to a people yet unborn,
that he  has done it.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Hymn: 600 O my Saviour lifted.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John Chapter 18 beginning at verse 1.
Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ.

For the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection:

Intercessions:

God of truth.
Hear our prayer.

Lord’s Prayer: Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who taught us to pray.
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 forever. Amen.

Confession:
On the cross, Jesus bore the sins of us all.

In that knowledge, let us have the courage to lay ourselves bare before God, believing that our salvation has already been won.

God of justice,
we confess before you,
the times when we have seen the suffering of others
and turned our heads,
when we have observed injustice and failed to act,
when we have heard the cries of the hungry and not provided food,
when we have seen freedoms eroded and not called for liberty
when we have known the truth and not proclaimed it.
Forgive our complacency, our self interest, our lack of courage and our absence of vision.
Give us clarity of vision, firmness of purpose and a willingness to make a difference. Amen.

Absolution:

Christ died for you while you were yet sinners,
Therefore know yourselves forgiven,
And called to newness of life,
Strive to grow into the fullness of Christ Jesus. Amen.

Solo: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (by R. Hagney) sung by Henry Goakes

Recognition of the cross: (During the singing of “All you who pass this way’ you might like to come forward and acknowledge the cross. Alternately you are welcome to sit or stand in quiet reflection.)

Hymn: 342 When I survey the wondrous cross

Copyright: Marian Free 2007

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