Jesus of Nazareth is the suffering Servant who is rejected and despised, but is destined to be exalted and glorified. He will be rejected by his own, chastised for their transgressions, and suffer harm for the sin the nation has committed. He will lay down his life voluntarily, and many will be appalled and astonished at his sacrifice, but he will carry out his sacrifice for the Lord. He will act wisely, win redemption for those who cling to him, and be highly exalted by God for his willing sacrifice for sin.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Merciful and Everlasting God, who hast not spared thine only Son, but delivered him up for us all that he might bear our sins upon the Cross, grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in him that we may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ The Book of English Collects, 1549, in Roger Geffen, The Handbook of Public Prayer.
New York, NY: The Macmillan Company, 1963. p. 81.
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.
Chronological Reading for the Day
Friday: Pss. 79-82
Chronological Holy Week Readings
Good Friday: Matt. 27.1-61; Mark 15.1-47; Luke 22.66-23.56a; John 18.28-19.42
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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
O Lord God, Who didst send down Thine only Son to redeem the world by His obedience unto death; grant, we humbly beseech Thee, that the continual memory of His bitter Cross and Passion may teach us so to crucify the flesh with the affections and lusts thereof that, dying unto sin and living unto Thee, we may, in the union and merits of His Cross and Passion, die with Him, and rest with Him, and rise again with Him, and live with Him forever; to Whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
~ Archbishop Hamilton, AD 1511, in Selina Fitzherbert Fox,
A Chain of Prayer Across the Ages: Forty Centuries of Prayer from 2000 B.C.-A.D. 1916.
New York, NY: E.P. Dutton, 1943. p. 224.
Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
You, O Lord and Savior, carried my sorrows and were chastised for my peace. Through your wounds I am healed.
Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of All Believers
Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah. He is the spotless lamb slain for our sin, he is conquering lion who crushes the serpent’s head. He will return one day to put all his enemies under his feet and make all things new. The simple facts of the Gospel are the very power of salvation.
~ Ryan Carter. Guard the Good Deposit: The Great Tradition for the Whole Church. Wichita, KS: TUMI Press, 2019. p. 22.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord, Luke 19.28-40
Fish and Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today
Special Church Year Services
Holy Saturday: Saturday, April 16, 2022