Friday 10th April – Good Friday Home Service
As we prepare for this morning if you have a tea light, candle or torch to hand, we can all join in an interactive act of worship together, later on in the service.
Be still for the presence of the Lord the Holy one is here… Lord accept our prayer and praise this morning as we remember the events of Good Friday. May we be reminded that we are part of a wider community here at SBC and indeed of Christians
all worshiping you together this morning. Amen
Song ‘My Lord what love is this’, by Graham Kendrick
My Lord, what love is this that pays so dearly,
That I, the guilty one may go free!
Amazing love, O what sacrifice; the Son of God given for me.
My debt he pays, and my death he dies that I might live.
That I might live.
(Last time only) That I might live!
And so they watched him die. Despised, rejected.
But oh, the blood he shed flowed for me!
And now, this love of Christ shall flow like rivers.
Come wash your guilt away. Live again!
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for that amazing love!
Song ‘Paid on the nail’ by Graham Kendrick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hrq4r8tcLE
Is a rich man worth more than a poor man?
A stranger worth less than a friend?
Is a baby worth more than an old man?
Your beginning worth more than your end?
Is a president worth more than his assassin?
Does your value decrease with your crime?
Like when Christ took the place of Barabbas
Would you say he was wasting his time?
Well, how much do you think you are worth, boy?
Will anyone stand up and say?
Would you say that a man is worth nothing?
Until someone is willing to pay?
I suppose that you think you matter
Well, how much do you matter to whom?
It’s much easier at night when with friends and bright lights
Than much later alone in your room
Do you think they’ll miss one in a billion
When you finish this old human race?
Does it really make much of a difference
When your friends have forgotten your face?
If you heard that your life had been valued
That a price had been paid on the nail
Would you ask what was traded,
How much and who paid it,
Who was He and what was His name?
If you heard that His name was called Jesus
Would you say that the price was too dear?
Held to the cross not by nails but by love
It was you broke His heart, not the spear!
Would you say you are worth what it cost Him?
You say ‘no’, but the price stays the same.
If it don’t make you cry, laugh it off, pass Him by,
But just remember the day when you throw it away
That He paid what He thought you were worth.
How much do you think He is worth, boy?
Will anyone stand up and say?
Tell me, what are you willing to give Him
In return for the price that He paid?
Graham Kendrick Copyright © 1974 Make Way Music
Dramatic Reading: Mark 15:1-47
Please see ‘Read Mark, Learn’ and thoughts – RML Good Friday
Song: ‘When I survey the wonderous cross’ by Isaac Watts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_fvFfPqjO4
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
A Good Friday Meditation: The Agonies of Jesus
Throughout his ministry, there were those who refused to believe in him or his teaching. We know something of what it is like to experience disbelief and hostility in our witness, and to be accused of wrong motives. Do we suffer this willingly for anyone? Our Lord did.
Many turned away from him because he was uncompromising concerning the uncomfortable truth. We may have been tempted to water down the Gospel message to avoid alienation by those who would find it unpalatable. Can we stand boldly for the whole truth? Our Lord did.
His friends fell asleep and later ran away in his hour of need. Yet Jesus’ love for them and faith in them did not waver. We count on our friends when we are in trouble and some go out of their minds when denied love. Jesus must have felt very alone in all the weary
hours of his trial, but he had chosen to do his Father’s will. Would we willingly suffer desertion for the sake of the truth? Our Lord did.
The dread of the suffering on the cross was physical, mental and spiritual — yet we are told he had joy for the final outcome! He was laying down his life of his accord. But the sharing of our humanity meant inevitable suffering – cruel pain, bruises and wounds, mockery, the painful crown of thorns, the lashings, the nails driven in, the indignity, the thirst and the slow dying. We know how we would fear any one of these. We know how we feel when faced with any really difficult situation, none in any way comparable with Jesus’ work of salvation. Do we take on really costly work for God? Our Lord did.
Jesus was bearing our sin, and God cannot look upon sin. He had always been so close to the Father, and now he felt forsaken. Darkness came over the whole land, blotting out even the Light of the World. Jesus cried, ‘Why?’ Even he experienced doubt: ‘He was tempted in every respect as we are so that he might sympathise with our weakness.’
Would we risk abandonment for the sake of our principles? Our Lord did.
Judas valued thirty pieces of silver more than his relationship with Jesus. He was instrumental in causing the death of the one who offered him life. Would we choose as a friend one likely to betray us? Our Lord did.
Jesus was now in the hands of his executioners and tormentors, and they did not spare him. Yet he prayed that God would forgive them. Jesus, who preached peace, rebuked the disciple who truck with his sword one of the soldiers that came to arrest him, Jesus.
He was a healer to the last, healing the wounded man. Would we, at such a time, feel love that could heal? Our Lord did.
Jesus was dying for the very people who poured scorn on him. They were oblivious to the fact that this man was giving his life to save theirs. Could we give costly love to those who scorned us? Our Lord did.
The soldiers at the foot of the cross gambled for the victim’s possessions, blind to the suffering one. But Jesus showed no malice. Could we forbear to cry out at such indifference? Our Lord did.
A sorrowing mother
Jesus must always have known that his work would cause her suffering. Her pain and sorrow now would have been torment to him. Even in the midst of his own agony, he was concerned for her welfare. Are willing to put God’s will first?
Our Lord was.
Song for Prayer activity below, ‘Jesus take me as I am’ by Dave Bryant
Jesus take me as I am
I can come no other way
Take me deeper into You
Make my flesh life melt away
Make me like a precious stone
Crystal clear and finely honed
Life of Jesus shining through
Giving glory back to You
© 1978 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music
Take your candle, tea light or torch and light it. Read through the verse above as a closing prayer, thanking Jesus that He died for you. The light of the candle representing the life of Jesus shining through into us.
May the light of our Lord Jesus be with you all, now and forevermore. Amen