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Good Friday Service 11 am

April 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Good Friday

Scripture: Mark 14:12-22

Message: “Unwanted Bread”

Invitation to Worship:

Leader: Lord Jesus Christ, wounded and crushed; You gave your life that we might live.

(A nail is hammered into wood)

People: Condemned Christ, hanging in agony, sharing the death of criminals, we pray for those who wait:

(A nail is hammered into wood)

Leader: those who wait in pain,

(A nail is hammered into wood)

People: those who wait in anger,

(A nail is hammered into wood)

Leader: those who wait in sorrow,

(A nail is hammered into wood)

People: those who wait without hope.

(A nail is hammered into wood)

Leader: We pray for ourselves, wanting an end to pain, anger and sorrow; aching for a new hope.

(A nail is hammered into wood)

People: May your lingering Spirit be the source of our life as we witness to you

(A nail is hammered into wood)

All: sharing pain, anger, sorrow and hope however we can. AMEN

(A nail is hammered into wood)

Opening Prayer: by Nigel Varndell

Lord Jesus, is it possible that I, who call you friend –

Master, Saviour, King –

Still stand with the crowd, the betraying disciples,

the violent soldiers, and the religious leaders?

I confess it is possible. I confess it is true.

Because I say I have taken up my cross

But I put it down when it’s not convenient.

And I claim I stand up for the least

But I sit down when it’s uncomfortable.

Precious Lord, how did you bear it?

The pain of the nails.

The tearing separation of One-in-Three – even for a moment.

And the betrayal of friends

Who would rather stand with the crowd

Than with you.

So you hung there with arms outstretched to all the world

Even as each of us turned away from perfect love.

And how do you bear it now?

When I make your kingdom into one of comfort

And shift the blame for today’s darkness

To anywhere – anyone – but me.

Lord Jesus, is it possible that I, who have betrayed you,

Served myself and pursued my own agendas

Am still welcomed by those arms stretched out wide?

Treasured by the one who says

“Come weak and heavy laden – come to me”?

Only here will I find the way to carry your easy burden

That costs the world for the sake of love.

Help me Lord Jesus to come – to leave the crowd

And replace our deafening chant with a silent prayer of surrender:

That speaks “Anything for you – my Master and my friend.”

Amen

(no Lord’s prayer today)

Theme: The one who was exalted is now cast away, crucified, left alone on a cross to die, unwanted?

 

Details

Date:
April 19
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

St. Giles Presbyterian Church
Phone:
9059341901

Venue

St. Giles Presbyterian Church
205 Linwell Road
St. Catharines, Ontario L2N1S1 Canada
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Phone:
9059341901