SERVICE ORDER

Good Friday

10 April

We begin

 

God forbid that I should boast of anything
but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In him is salvation, life, and resurrection from the dead;
by him we are redeemed and set free.
May God be gracious to us and bless us,
and make his face shine upon us.

Red letters like this are instructions and hints on how to use the service order.

You can follow this order through for yourself individually. If a few people are gathered you can ask one to lead (or share it among you) and everyone joins in the congregation’s parts.

If you have difficulty using this page please contact the office and we will arrange for someone to help you during the week.

HOW TO USE THIS SERVICE ORDER (Technical Help)

 

FOLLOW ALONG HERE OPTION

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Children's activity

 

The LCA has provided a children’s activity for the day.

You can follow this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZLTNCzqN_g&list=PLGRNZYhfQ6e3AwSX--Ygsq5aW3vjo5aaG&index=3&t=0s

You will need a large container with water and drop some things into it.

What floats? What sinks? Are there some things which seem to sink at first, but them come floating back to the top?

Hymns/Songs You are invited to choose and sing two of the following songs.

There is a green hill far away

Cecil Frances Alexander (1823-1895)
Tune: HORSLEY (w. Horsley 1774-1858(1844)
Music Jo Corney Vocals: Marie Thomas

Tune with lyrics found at https://youtu.be/Je2KTdhX2jA

There is a green hill far away,
Without 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.

I stand amazed

Charles Hutchinson Gabriel 1856-1932 (1905)
Public Domain.

 

Tune with lyrics found at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQKrFytB128

 

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene
And wonder how He could love me
A sinner condemned unclean

 

Chorus

Singing, How marvellous how wonderful
And my song shall ever be
How marvellous how wonderful
Is my Saviour's love for me

 

For me it was in the garden
He prayed not My will but Thine
He had no tears for His own griefs
But sweat drops of blood for mine

 

Singing, How marvellous how wonderful
And my song shall ever be
How marvellous how wonderful
Is my Saviour's love for me

 

He took my sins and my sorrows
He made them His very own
He bore the burden to Calvary
And suffered and died alone

 

Singing, How marvellous how wonderful

And my song shall ever be

How marvellous how wonderful

Is my Saviour's love for me

 

Singing, How marvellous how wonderful

And my song shall ever be

How marvellous how wonderful

Is my Saviour's love for me

I heard the voice of Jesus say

Music: Kingsfold (English Traditional Melody)
Words: Horatius Bonar. Public Domain.

 

Tune with lyrics found at  https://youtu.be/wuFEDPfgbmE (this is a contemporary rendering of the traditional tune)

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest
Lay down thou weary one, lay down thy head upon my chest”
I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad
I found in him a resting place and he has made me glad

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold I freely give
The living water, thirsty one stoop down and drink and live”
I came to Jesus and I drank of that life-giving stream
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived and now I live in him

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light
Look unto me, thy morn shall rise and all thy day be bright”
I looked to Jesus and I found in him my Star, my Sun
And in that light of life I'll walk till travelling days are done

We prepare to hear the word of God

 

Let us pray.

 

Almighty God,
look mercifully on your family,
for whom our Lord Jesus Christ
was willing to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners,
and to suffer death on the cross.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with the you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Read Hebrews 10:16-25

You can read this in your own bible or follow the reading at  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+10%3A16-25&version=NIV

 

(After the reading)

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Read John 18:1 – 19:42

You can read this in your own bible or follow the reading at  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+18-19&version=NIV

You can also listen to a dramatized version of the Gospel reading at https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/John.18


If the “Continuous Play” box, on the left side under the player, is ticked it will automatically continue to the next chapter, but you’ll have to stop it at the end of the chapter. If “Continuous Play” is not ticked, just click on the “next chapter” button, to the right of the play button.

 

(After the reading)

This is the gospel of the Lord

Praise be to you, Jesus

Hymns/Songs

You are invited to choose and sing one of the following songs.

O sacred head now wounded

Author (attributed to): Bernard of Clairvaux; Arnulf, Abbot of Villers-la-Ville; (German version): Paul Gerhardt; Translator: James W. Alexander (1829) Public domain.

Tune and lyrics found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgkVTtT-0xg&feature=youtu.be

 

O sacred Head now wounded
With grief and shame weighed down
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns Thine only crown
How pale Thou art with anguish
With sore abuse and scorn
How does that visage languish
Which once was bright as morn

 

What Thou my Lord has suffered
Was all for sinners' gain
Mine mine was the transgression
But Thine the deadly pain
Lo here I fall my Savior
'Tis I deserve Thy place
Look on me with Thy favor
Vouchsafe me with Thy grace

 

What language shall I borrow
To thank Thee dearest Friend
For this Thy dying sorrow
Thy pity without end
O make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord let me never never
Outlive my love to Thee

Gethsemane Hymn

CCLI Song # 5567746
Keith Getty | Stuart Townend
© 2008 Thankyou Music (Admin. by SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia)
Used by permission. CCLI Licence # 113439

You can listen to the music and vocals here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6lDSdTowd8 and follow the words below.

To see the King of heaven fall
In anguish to His knees
The Light and Hope of all the world
Now overwhelmed with grief
What nameless horrors must He see
To cry out in the garden
Oh take this cup away from Me
Yet not My will but Yours
Yet not My will but Yours

 

To know each friend will fall away
And heaven's voice be still
For hell to have its vengeful day
Upon Golgotha's hill
No words describe the Saviour's plight
To be by God forsaken
Till wrath and love are satisfied
And every sin is paid
And every sin is paid

 

What took Him to this wretched place
What kept Him on this road
His love for Adam's curséd race
For every broken soul
No sin too slight to overlook
No crime too great to carry
All mingled in this poisoned cup
And yet He drank it all
The Saviour drank it all
The (Our) Saviour drank it all

(X2)

We dwell in the word (Sermon)

See the link below. If you are using this service order as a document, go to St Mark’s website https://www.stmarksmtgravatt.org.au/online-community  to find the link to the sermon for the day.

We Sing: When I survey the wondrous cross

Isaac Watts (1707) Public domain.

Tune with lyrics found at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9eCUqz_x5A&feature=youtu.be

 

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.

 

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 through his blood.

 

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?

 

​​Dying crimson, like a robe,

Spreads o’er His body on the tree

Then I am dead to all the globe,

And all the globe is dead to me.

 

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.

 

We pray an offering prayer

Please consider how you might support the work of the church at his time by electronic transfer, joining REG, or putting aside your offering and delivering it to the church office. We dedicate the offerings people have decided on with this prayer:

 

Let us pray that we may offer our lives to God and others.

Saving God, strengthen us to trust in your Son, our great High
Priest and the sacrifice for our sins. Make us ready to give
ourselves in service, to help one another, and to reach out in
love to all people.

Amen.

We pray for the church, for ourselves and the world

This prayer works best if one person (I) reads the call to prayer, and then, after a moment of silence for personal prayer, a second person (II) prays the prayer, with everyone joining in for the congregational response (C).

(I) On this most sacred day when our Lord, who has been lifted up to draw all people to himself, has gone before us to the Father, we his body stand with him before the Father and intercede for his church and his world.

(I)   We pray for the holy church of God throughout the world, that God the almighty Father will grant peace to his church, preserve it in unity, and protect it throughout this crisis.

(II)   Almighty Father, you have shown your glory to all nations in Christ your Son: Guide the work of your church; help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name, and bring your salvation to people everywhere.
Lord, in your mercy,

(C)   hear our prayer.

(I)   We pray for the bishop of our church, John Henderson, for our district bishops, for all pastors and servants of the church, and for all the people of God.

(II)   Almighty Father, you guide the church and keep it holy. Help all of us to work faithfully for you.
Lord, in your mercy,

(C)   hear our prayer.

(I)   We pray for all Christians, that God will gather us by his Spirit and keep us united in faith and love.

(II)   Almighty Father, you have made us your holy people by our common baptism. Make us one in our confession of faith, increase our love for each other, and help us to work together in your mission to the people of the world.
Lord, in your mercy,

(C)   hear our prayer.

(I)   We pray for those who are searching for faith in God, that God will wash them in the waters of new birth, and give them his Holy Spirit.

(II)   Almighty Father, you continually add new members to your church. Increase the faith and understanding of all those seeking to know you better. Give them new birth by water and the Spirit, and strengthen them by your grace to life eternal.
Lord, in your mercy,

(C)   hear our prayer.

​​(I)   We pray for all who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ, that the light of the Holy Spirit will show them the way of salvation.

(II)   Heavenly Father, remember those who do not remember you. Have mercy on those who have rejected your grace. Guide those who seek to make sense of their lives, so that they may find their salvation in Jesus Christ.
Lord, in your mercy,

(C)   hear our prayer.

(I)   We pray for those who serve us in public office, that God may use them to curb what is evil and work for the wellbeing of our nation. Bless our country and all who hold positions of responsibility.

(II)   Heavenly Father, direct the parliaments of our nation, so that we may enjoy good government, and live together in freedom and harmony.
Lord, in your mercy,

(C)   hear our prayer.

(I)   We pray for health, protection and comfort in our land.

(II)   Lord, we ask you to protect those who labour tirelessly to care for the sick and those who provide the necessities of life to our communities at risk to their own wellbeing.  Heal all those who are physically or mentally unwell. Support those who are aged and dying. Comfort those who are hungry and lonely. Relieve those who are oppressed, and free those who are unjustly imprisoned.
Lord, in your mercy,

(C)   hear our prayer.

 

 

We pray the Lord’s Prayer

 

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.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

We pray for God’s gracious mercy

Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O my people?
How have I burdened you? Answer me! I led you out from the
prison of death, but you led your Saviour to the cross. I freed
you from slavery to sin, but you handed him over to be
condemned. O my people!

 

O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty,
O holy and most merciful God, have mercy on us,
and do not condemn us to eternal death.

 

Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O my people?
How have I burdened you? Answer me! I led you safely
through the desert and brought you to a rich land, but you led
your Saviour to the cross. I fed you with bread from heaven
and refreshed you with living water, but you have given him
gall and vinegar to drink. O my people!

 

O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty,
O holy and most merciful God, have mercy on us,
and lead us through death to eternal life.

 

Thus says the Lord: What more could I have done for you, O
my people, than I have done? Answer me! I planted you as my
fairest vine, but you yielded only bitter fruit. I sent my Son to
gather your harvest, but you killed him and threw him out of
the vineyard. O my people!

 

O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty,
O holy and most merciful Saviour, have mercy on us,
and never abandon us.

O Christ, the Saviour of the world, we praise and adore you for
the redemption of the world through your holy cross.

 

Jesus, Son of the living God, draw us and all people to
yourself.  Amen.

We reflect: Come O Sinner

CCLI Song # 7138115
Jordan Kauflin © 2019 Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Jordan Kauflin Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
Sovereign Grace Praise (Admin. by SHOUT! Music Publishing Australia)
Used by permission. CCLI Licence # 113439

This is a new song for us. You can use it simply to reflect or sing as you like. The tune with lyrics is found at https://youtu.be/X533QtHqHs8

 

Come O sinner come and see
Christ the Lord upon a tree
See the crown of thorns adorn the King
Who labors to breathe in agony
Come O sinner come and see
What our God became to set us free

 

 

Come O sinner come and mourn
For He calls your sin His own
Do you feel the weight of justice served
He suffers the wrath that you deserve
Come O sinner come and mourn
For He bears the curse for all you've done

 

Chorus
Oh the wonder of this awesome scene
Where our Savior bleeds
Oh the power of the love of God
Come and stand in awe

 

Come O sinner come rejoice
Mercy fills this place of scorn
For He dies to save His enemies
That all who draw near may know His peace
Come O sinner come rejoice
Through the death of Christ death is destroyed

 

Oh the wonder of this awesome scene

Where our Savior bleeds

Oh the power of the love of God

Come and stand in awe

We pray for and go with God’s blessing

 

Let us pray.

Lord our God, send down your rich blessing on us as we
remember the suffering and death of your Son. Grant us pardon
and comfort, so that we may be assured of our eternal
salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

On Good Friday we stay still and silent for a while before we leave the worship time.