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Good Friday Worship
Good Friday, April 10, 2020
Morning Worship ~ 10:00AM
Note: All songs are from the Trinity Psalter Hymnal (TPH); click on the underlined words or orange font words to open up links to tunes and other supplemental resources; Or sing along with Pastor Brian on guitar here; Click here to download and print the liturgy. All Scripture is from the English Standard Version of the Bible. The sermon video link is below.
Call to Worship ~ John 1:29; Isaiah 53:5; 1John 4:10; Revelation 5:12
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!...he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed...In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins...Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing!
Good Friday Prayer (from URCNA Forms and Prayers, p. 108)
Our Father, who so loved the world that you gave your only-begotten Son, we acknowledge and marvel at your mercy. Even while we were enemies, you reconciled us; even while we were strangers, you made us co-heirs with Christ of all eternal blessings; even while we stood condemned, you redeemed us; even while we were imprisoned, you delivered us from the tyranny of sin, death, and the devil. On this solemn occasion, we loathe our miserable estate and celebrate your marvellous grace. Beneath the cross of Christ, we come to know that ours is the guilt, but yours the forgiveness; ours the condemnation, but yours the gift of justification; ours the bondage, yet yours the freedom of adoption and new obedience. Even the faith with which we confess our dear Saviour’s sacrifice was won for us by his death. Therefore, we cry out to you in sorrow for our sins and in thanksgiving for your gift. Give us the grace, we pray, to receive again this word of the cross which alone can refresh us on our pilgrim way, and send us out again into the world as witnesses to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Amen.
Confessional Reading ~ Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Days 15 & 16 (TPH, p. 878)
Prayer of Illumination
Blessed Lord, who has caused Holy Scripture to be written for our learning, grant that we may hear, read, learn, and inwardly digest them, that through the comfort of Your holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which You have given us in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Scripture Reading ~ Psalm 22 (Sermon text: Psalm 22:1-21) (p. 457)
Sermon ~ “The Psalm of the Cross” (Rev. Brian Cochran)
When you feel forsaken by God, cry out to God in prayer and look to Jesus, who was truly forsaken in your place.
1. Our Feelings of Forsakenness
2. Our Forsaken Saviour
Prayer of Application & Congregational Prayer followed by The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on 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 yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
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Prayer for God’s Blessing (based on Hebrews 13:20-21; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Almighty God, our loving heavenly Father, you are the God of peace who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant. Equip us with everything good that we may do Your will, working in us that which is pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. . .May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.