What is Good Friday and why is it good?
Good Friday is an important day to Christians where we commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is good because by dying in this way Jesus atoned (took away) the sins of mankind and made it possible for us to have a closer relationship with God.
Usually on Good Friday our congregation joins with the other churches in Blaby as Churches Together in Blaby to have a short public service in the precinct at Blaby. This is to witness our belief in God and the crucifixion to the people of Blaby. We then process behind a large wooden cross to one of the churches (we rotate between the 4 churches) where we have part 2 of the service followed by Hot Cross buns.
As this is not possible in 2020 our Pastor Julie has prepared a service which has been distributed to the congregation so that all may join in the prayer and meditation today and sing the traditional hymns associated with Good Friday if they wish. The service is reproduced below for all to share.
Good Friday -- Change For Tomorrow
Opening Words: Philippians 2:6-8
Hymn: 795 You laid aside your majesty
Lord Jesus. We remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.
Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you freely given, what you have done for us.
Thank you Lord that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you that because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered, and that your Power is everlasting.
Thank you that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…” For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting. We praise you for you are making all things new. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Luke 22:63-71
Hymn: 674 There is a green hill
Crown of Thorns
Bible Reading: Luke 23:24,25
Crosses on the Hillside
Bible Reading: Luke 23:32-34, 44-46
I have tried to be good enough on my own
I have tried to fix my own life
I have tried to control my thought, my actions, my speech, my life
But at every turn I seem to fail
I am wrong, messed up broken, and desperate
I am a sinner plain and simple
I am lost and lonely and empty inside
I need something, someone to make me whole