Today is Good Friday, a day in the life of the church that is centered on the crucifixion of Jesus. The Cross and the Crucifixion are central aspects of our shared faith. We pray that this online Good Friday service allows you to truly contemplate the event of Jesus’ crucifixion. The way scripture shows us the Cross is much like a mosaic, something we will explore together below.
Some ideas for you as you begin this time of worship:
- Try dimming some lights, and maybe even light some candles. We were going to do this in our sanctuary together; why not try it in your home during this service!
- Take time to open your Bible and read along with the scripture passages. They paint a full picture of God’s love for you as shown on the Cross.
- If you don’t sing along with the songs, use them as prayers. The lyrics serve that purpose just as well as they accompany a melody.
- Follow up with someone else from the church. Ask them about what Good Friday means in their life, and pray with them today.
- Share the Good Friday service on your social media accounts, or email the YouTube link to a friend. Share the good news of Good Friday today!
A huge thanks to Kyle Riggins for recording and editing our Good Friday, and to all of our scripture readers!
Hallelujah, What A Savior –> Glenn Dodson, Philip Paul Bliss; #4897022
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery –> Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Michael Bleecker; #7026028
It Is Well –> Horatio Gates Spafford, Philip Paul Bliss; #5341577
O Praise the Name (Anastasis) –> Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson; #7037787
Jesus Paid It All –> Alex Nifong, Elvina M. Hall, John Thomas Grape; #4689508
May the words of the hymn, “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”* serve as a benediction for you on the Good Friday.
O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down;
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
what bliss ’til now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.
What thou, my Lord, hast 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 to me 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.
*Attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux