“They will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn – for He has done it” – Psalm 22:31.
Call to Worship (Responsively)
Pastor: There is our God, with arms spread wide in
vulnerability, embracing the whole of our life in its
People: There is the Christ – our Lord.
Pastor: Gathered in those stretched arms is all we are in
our humanness – all our failures and guilty
secrets, all our shame and responsibility for the
wounding to death of the innocent in ourselves
and in others.
People: There is the Christ, our God. We stand in silent
awe before the power of costly life.
Pastor: Our hearts are almost too full to pray,
ALL: O God, overcome by the overwhelming grace that
flows from Jesus Christ. We can hardly
believe that this could be so, that we are not
condemned as the one who comes in grace, hangs
painfully before us surrounded by our death. All
we can do is to whisper our gratitude, and
hold still in awe at the majesty of this day. Receive
our thanks, O God, we pray. Amen.
- Prayer of Remembrance
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Gospel Reading: John 19:16-37
The Message of Good Friday: “The Day Jesus Died”
~ A moment for silent reflection and meditation will follow the sermon ~
Confessions to the Cross
Prayer of Confession
Assurance of Pardon (with Response from the People) Pastor: “Forgive us, Christ Jesus;”
People: “Forgive us and restore our life this day.”
Tenebrae (Extinguishing the Light)
~ A Special Note for this Service ~
On Friday of Holy Week, we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Many churches have worship services between noon and 3 pm. Others have services in the evening. And still others disregard it altogether. The name “Good Friday” may have originally been called “God’s Friday” because Jesus’ death shows God’s love and salvation offered to all people. The name “Good Friday” reminds of our hope that God is present even in the midst of tragedy. Not even death can overshadow the love of God.
~ Remember ~
“Be Safe While You Keep the Faith!”
———- SERMON NOTES ———–
“The Day Jesus Died”
Summary: John 19:16-37 shows us what really happened the day Jesus died and why it really matters.
II. What Really Happened.
III. Why It Really Matters.
- The Clothes.
- The Bones.
- The Piercing.