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Good Friday 2019

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Good Friday Order of Service 2019

Presider: Rev. Eugene Hor

CALL TO WORSHIP 

Almighty God, look with mercy on this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and to be given into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY 

Loving God, you sent Jesus Christ to save us.  We have betrayed him. We have denied him. We have abandoned, mocked, and crucified him. Have mercy, O God, have mercy on us; through Jesus Christ, our only hope. Amen. 

 

WORSHIP IN SONG    Aaron Imperial

Jerusalem

See Him in Jerusalem,
Walking where the crowds are.
Once these streets had sung to Him,
Now they cry for murder.

Such a frail and lonely Man
Holding up the heavy cross;
See Him walking in Jerusalem,
On the road to save us.

See Him there upon the hill,
Hear the scorn and laughter.
Silent as a lamb, He waits,
Praying to the Father.

See the King who made the sun
And the moon and shining stars;
Let the soldiers hold and nail Him down,
So that He could save them.

See Him there upon the cross,
Now no longer breathing.
Dust that formed the watching crowds
Takes the blood of Jesus

Feel the earth is shaking now,
See the veil is split in two,
And He stood before the wrath of God,
Shielding sinners with His blood.

See the empty tomb today,
Death could not contain Him.
Once the Servant of the world;
Now in vict'ry reigning.

Lift your voices to the One
Who is seated on the throne,
See Him in the New Jerusalem
Praise the One who saved us.

Lift your voices to the One
Who is seated on the throne,
See Him in the New Jerusalem
Praise the One who saved us,
Praise the One who saved us.

 

PRAYER FOR UNDERSTANDING 

Holy God, our hope and strength, we give thanks for your Word made flesh — for the life that death cannot destroy, and for the light that darkness cannot overcome. Enlighten our minds and enliven our hearts by the power of your Holy Spirit, so that we may testify to your light share the life of Christ with a hurting world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

FIRST READING

Isaiah 52:13-53:12    Darren Zheng

 

PSALM

Psalm 22    Brigette Lo

 

SECOND READING

Romans 5:6-10     Brigette Lo

 

SERMON: A Subversive Faith     Rev. Elliot Ku

 

WORSHIP IN SONG Aaron Imperial

How Deep The Fathers Love For Us 

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure;
That He should give His only Son,
To make a wretch His treasure.

How great the pain of searing loss;
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders.
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished.
His dying breath has brought me life;
I know that it is finished.’

I will not boast in anything;
No gifts, no power, no wisdom,
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.

"Why should I gain from His reward?"
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.

"Why should I gain from His reward?"
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.

 

Majesty

Here I am, humbled by Your majesty,
Covered by Your grace so free.
Here I am, knowing I'm a sinful man,
Covered by the blood of the Lamb.

And now, I've found the greatest love of all is mine,
Since You laid down Your life,
The greatest sacrifice.

Majesty, Majesty,
Your grace has found me just as I am,
Empty handed but alive in Your hands.

Here I am, humbled by the love that You give,
Forgiven so that I can forgive.
Here I am, knowing that I'm Your desire,
Sanctified by glory and fire.

And now, I've found the greatest love of all is mine,
Since You laid down Your life,
The greatest sacrifice.

Majesty, Majesty,
Your grace has found me just as I am,
Empty handed but alive in Your hands.

Majesty, Majesty,
Forever I am changed by your love,
In the presence of Your majesty.

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER Nat Wan

 

CATECHISM Rev. Elliot Ku

How did Christ humble himself in his death? (WLC 49)

Christ humbled himself in his death, in that having been betrayed by Judas, forsaken by his disciples, scorned and rejected by the world, condemned by Pilate, and tormented by his persecutors; having also conflicted with the terrors of death, and the powers of darkness, felt and borne the weight of God’s wrath, he laid down his life an offering for sin, enduring the painful, shameful, and cursed death of the cross.

 

SOLEMN REPROACHES OF THE CROSS 

The Solemn Reproaches is an ancient text of Western Christendom associated with the ending of a Good Friday service. The reproaches follow the pattern of Psalm 78, which rehearses God’s continuing acts of faithfulness and Israel’s repeated rebellion. Each reproach follows a similar pattern, calling to mind God’s saving acts and concluding with the same words: “but you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.” Following each reproach the congregation responds with a prayer for mercy simply praying “Lord, have mercy upon us. 

O my people, O my church,
what have I done to you,
or in what have I offended you?
Answer me.
I led you forth from the land of Egypt
and delivered you by the waters of baptism,
but you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

I led you through the desert forty years,
and fed you with manna.
I brought you through tribulation and penitence,
and gave you my body, the bread of heaven,
but you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.

What more could I have done for you
that I have not done?
I planted you, my chosen and fairest vineyard,
I made you the branches of my vine;
but when I was thirsty, you gave me vinegar to drink
and pierced with a spear the side of your Saviour,
and you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

I went before you in a pillar of cloud,
and you have led me to the judgment hall of Pilate.
I scourged your enemies and brought you to a land of freedom,
but you have scourged, mocked, and beaten me.
I gave you the water of salvation from the rock,
but you have given me gall and left me to thirst,
and you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

I gave you a royal sceptre,
and bestowed the keys of the kingdom,
but you have given me a crown of thorns.
I raised you on high with great power,
but you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

My peace I gave, which the world cannot give,
and washed your feet as a sign of my love,
but you draw the sword to strike in my name
and seek high places in my kingdom.
I offered you my body and blood,
but you scatter and deny and abandon me,
and you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

I sent the Spirit of truth to guide you,
and you close your hearts to the Counsellor.
I pray that all may be one in the Father and me,
but you continue to quarrel and divide.
I call you to go and bring forth fruit,
but you cast lots for my clothing,
and you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

I grafted you into the tree of my chosen Israel,
and you turned on them with persecution and mass murder.
I made you joint heirs with them of my covenants,
but you made them scapegoats for your own guilt,
and you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

I came to you as the least of your brothers and sisters;
I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was a stranger and you did not welcome me,
naked and you did not clothe me,
sick and in prison and you did not visit me,
and you have prepared a cross for your Saviour.

Response: Lord, have mercy upon us.  

 

WORSHIP IN SONG    Aaron Imperial

O Praise The Name (Anastasis)

I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me.
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet,
My Savior on that cursed tree.

His body bound and drenched in tears,
They laid Him down in Joseph's tomb.
The entrance sealed by heavy stone,
Messiah still and all alone.

O praise the name of the Lord our God,
O praise His name forever more;
For endless days we will sing Your praise,
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God.

Then on the third at break of dawn,
The Son of heaven rose again.
O trampled death where is your sting?
The angels roar for Christ the King

O praise the name of the Lord our God,
O praise His name forever more;
For endless days we will sing Your praise,
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God.

He shall return in robes of white,
The blazing Son shall pierce the night.
And I will rise among the saints,
My gaze transfixed on Jesus' face.

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more,
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God.
O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more,
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God.

 

THE LORD’S SUPPER    Rev. Eugene Hor

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER   Together

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

 

BENEDICTION    Rev. Elliot Ku

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