St Lucia – Order of Service 2nd April  2021 Good Friday

When:
02/04/2021 @ 8:30 am
2021-04-02T08:30:00+10:00
2021-04-02T08:45:00+10:00

Greeting-

The Peace of Christ be with you all.

 

Call to Worship –

Who are you looking for in this place today?

We are looking for Jesus of Nazareth.

You will find him here but know that you will meet him in a dark story, one of suffering, betrayal, and death. Are you willing to enter into this story?

We enter, open to transformation.

Find your place in this holy narrative.

We seek to receive a new the grace and love of Christ Jesus.

Draw near to the cross of Christ.

We draw near in awe and gratitude.

 

Opening Prayer-

Creator God, in this bleak story, in this journey through betrayal, in the grief of the denial of friends, in the tyranny of power, in the brutality of the cross, be with us.

Open our hearts, minds, and souls to enter again into this scared journey of Christ’s passion and death. Help us walk, in the way Jesus. Help us find our way on this path. Invite our hearts to be moved and our faith to be stirred. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.

 

HYMN- TIS 341 My song is love unknown (Samuel Crossman 1624-84 alt.)

My song is love unknown, my Saviour’s love to me,

love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be.

O who am I that for my sake my Lord should take

frail flesh, and die?                                                                  (Verse 1)

 

My song is love unknown, my Saviour’s love to me,

love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be.

O who am I that for my sake my Lord should take

frail flesh, and die?                                                                 (Verse 2)

 

Sometimes they strew his way and his sweet praises sing,

resounding all the day hosannas to their King.

Then ‘Crucify!’ is all their breath and for his death they thirst and cry. (Verse 3)

 

Why, what has my Lord done? What makes this rage and spite?

He made the lame to run, he gave the blind their sight.

Sweet injuries! Yet they at these themselves displease, and ‘gainst him rise.  (Verse 4)

 

Scripture Reading – Mark 14:1-11

 

SILENT PRAYER TIME – give praise and thanks to Jesus and confess anything this reading raises for you.

 

HYMN– TIS 349  In the cross of Christ

In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time;

all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.  (Verse 1)

 

Through the cross, Christ’s love empowers us worldliness and self deny;

by his Spirit it inspires us him, through love, to glorify.           (Verse 2)

 

When the woes of life overtake us, hopes deceive and fears annoy,

never shall the cross forsake us, from it shines our peace and joy.  (Verse 3)

 

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, by the cross are sanctified;

peace is there that knows no measure, joys that through all time abide.  (Verse 4)

 

In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time;

all the light of sacred story gathers round its head sublime.  (Verse 5)

John Bowring 1792-1872   alt.  V.2 Charles Louis Fouvy 1928- Public Domain

 

Scripture Reading – Mark 14:32-50

      

Prayer

Lord of all Hopefulness, as we hear the retelling of the journey of Christ-

from a garden that had been a place of prayer, through trails and mockery and brutal death, to a garden where his body was laid to rest – let our hearts not be hardened.

Give us the courage to lay bare our own vulnerabilities, that we may see the sacred intersection of our lives and the passion of Christ. Even as we remember this day of crucifixion, help us hold on to the hope that resurrection and new life are near. Amen.

 

HYMN- TIS 339 O Scared Head Paul Gerhardt 1607-76. Tr: James Waddell Alexander 1804-59 & others. Public Domain

O sacred head sore wounded, with grief and shame weighed down;

O kingly head surrounded with thorns your only crown;

death’s shadows rise before you, the glow of life decays;

yet hosts of heaven adore you and tremble as they gaze.                           (Verse 1)

 

What language shall I borrow to praise you, heavenly friend,

for this your dying sorrow, your mercy without end?

Such agony and dying!  Such love to sinners free!

O Christ, all grace supplying, turn now your face on me.                          (Verse 2)

 

In this your bitter Passion, good Shepherd, think of me,

look on me with compassion, unworthy though I be:

beneath your cross abiding for ever would I rest,

in your dear love confiding, and with your presence blessed.                    (Verse 3)

 

Lord, be my consolation, my shield when death is near;

remind me of your Passion, be with me when I fear.

My eyes shall then behold you, upon your cross shall dwell,

my heart by faith enfold you; and who dies thus, dies well.                      (Verse 4)

Scripture Reading- Mark 14:53-65

 

HYMN- TIS 350  There is a green hill (Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-95 Public Domain)

There is a green hill far away, outside a city wall,

where the dear Lord was crucified, who died to save us all.

 

We may not know, we cannot tell, what pains he had to bear,

but we believe it was for us he hung and suffered there.

 

He died that we might be forgiven, he died to make us good,

that we might go at last to heaven, saved by his precious blood.

 

There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin,

he only could unlock the gate of heaven, and let us in.

 

O dearly, dearly has he loved, and we must love him too,

and trust in his redeeming blood and try his works to do.

 

Scripture Reading – Mark 14:66-72

 

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION TIME – write your points of confession, regrets, hurts, betrayals etc on a piece of paper. Destroy it at the end of worship by burning or shredding.

Scripture Reading – Mark 15:1-20

 

HYMN- TIS 345   Were you there?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

were you there when they crucified my Lord?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

were you there when they crucified my Lord?                                                 (Verse 1)

 

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?                                       (Verse 2)

 

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

O sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?                                  (Verse 3)

 

Scripture Reading – Mark 15:22-39

 

HYMN- TIS 342  When I Survey ( Isaac Watts 1674-1748  Public domain)

 

  1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,

my richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.

  1. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ my God;

all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

  1. See from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down

did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

  1. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small;

love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all.

 

Scripture Reading – Mark 15:40-47

HYMN- TIS 341  My song is love unknown

6.In life, no house, no home my Lord on earth might have;

in death, no friendly tomb but what a stranger gave. What may I say?

Heaven was his home; but mine the tomb wherein he lay.

 

7.Here might I stay and sing, no story so divine;

never was love, dear King, never was grief like thine.

This is my friend, in whose sweet praise I all my days could gladly spend.

 

SCRIPTURE reading – Isaiah 53: 1-12

 

Closing Prayer-

God of the cross, we have entered into the story of your execution.

We have watched as those who you called ‘friend’ betrayed and denied you.

We have seen politics win over compassion.

We have seen you enduring hostility and abuse.

We have seen you tortured and broken and lain dead and buried in a garden tomb

and we leave you there.

 

If we let the story live in our hearts, these next days will unsettle us as we enter into the space where suffering remains, and what will be, is not yet revealed. Let us not be content to brush aside what is hard won, rather let us enter into the mystery of the incomprehensible and let it have its place, for it too will shape and transform us. Amen.

 

BENEDICTION (by Craig Mitchell p. 125)

May God’s peace shape our hearts and our homes.

May God’s joy shape our resting and our rising.

May God’s hope shape our seeking and our striving.

May God’s love shape our longing and our living.

Destroy your paper prayer of confession now.

Resources used in this service include Words for Worship year B 2nd April, 2021 by MediaCom (subscription of Rev Dr Elizabeth Nolan) and The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 edited by Mary Scifres and B.J. Beu, Abingdon Press, Nashville USA (owned by EN); Deeper water by Craig Mitchell (MediaCom 2021) (owned by EN); and The Australian Hymn Book multiple copies owned by the St Lucia Uniting Church congregation. Copyright license # 217268.

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