April 10, 2020
Melfort Ministerial Good Friday Service
Opening Scripture & Prayer
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled,
shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:6–10, NIV84)
A Good Friday Responsive Reading
(Great to do as a family with one person as the leader and the rest do the response part)
Leader: We have gathered here today to remember. We are here to remember that there is a God- a God that existed from eternity past and into eternity future. We remember that God spoke the world we live in and every living being into existence. And we remember that God came down and became like man.
Response: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Leader: We remember a manger and a baby. We remember a child- born of a virgin and born as King of kings and Lord of lords- the Son of God.
Response: And we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Leader: We remember, the man, the Son who healed the sick, strengthened the lame, gave the gift of sight to the blind, restored the broken, fed the hungry and raised the dead to life. We remember the Son who acted in love, spoke with authority and forgave sins graciously.
Response: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in His shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Leader: We remember the Messiah, riding into the city with shouts of praise!
Response: Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!
Leader: And we remember when those shouts of praise turned into shouts of condemnation.
Response: Crucify! Crucify! Crucify!
Leader: We remember the whip that scourged his back. We remember the crown of thorns pressed into his head. We remember the nails driven into his hands and feet. We remember spear that pierced his side. We remember the cross.
Response: He was pierced through for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed.
Leader: Today, we are gathered to remember Jesus.
Response: We remember Jesus
Leader: We remember Jesus. Amen.
God of all the world, whose only Son was offered up for us all, have mercy on those who know you not. We as your redeemed children wait at the foot of your cross, help us to see the cost of our forgiveness so that we may be made new through your grace.
We pray in our Savior’s name, that great shepherded of the sheep, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Good Friday Poem
He Bore Our Griefs (Jacob Revius)
No, it was not the Jews who crucified,
Nor who betrayed you in the judgment place,
Nor who, Lord Jesus, spat into your face,
Nor who with buffets struck you as you died.
No, it was not the soldiers fisted bold
Who lifted up the hammer and the nail,
Or raise the cursed cross on Calvary's hill,
Or, gambling, tossed the dice to win your robe.
I am the one, O Lord, who brought you there,
I am the heavy cross you had to bear,
I am the rope that bound you to the tree,
The whip, the nail, the hammer, and the spear,
The blood-stained crown of thorns you had to wear;
It was my sin, alas, it was for me.
As you prepare to conclude your time I encourage you to listen and reflect on the words to the hymn
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Please end your time of worship with the reading from John 19:28-30
“Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant,
and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”
With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
(John 19:28–30, NIV84)
S.M. Lockridge in his famous "Sunday is a Comin'"
Hope is lost
Death has won
Sin has conquered
and Satan’s just a laughin’
Jesus is buried
A soldier stands guard
And a rock is rolled into place
But it’s Friday
It is only Friday
Sunday is a comin’!