Good Friday Services April 18th 7PM 2014

This is the Good Friday Service of 7PM at Providence United Presbyterian Church



My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Yet, you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. Let us Pray!


Great God of the covenant, in you we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, in the new and living way he opens to us through his sacrifice on our behalf. With true hearts in full assurance of faith, sprinkled clean from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water, we hold fast to our confession of hope. You have promised new life and you can be trusted! We cross the threshold and enter the sanctuary to sing you our praises. Be pleased with our worship as we honor your name. We do indeed approach your throne of grace with boldness, O God, and there receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

FIRST READING         Luke 23: 1-5, 13-25

MEDITATION     “Why?”                       Rev. Goodrich

23 Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. 2 They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 3 Then Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “You say so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation against this man.” 5 But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.”

13 Pilate then called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and here I have examined him in your presence and have not found this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us. Indeed, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 I will therefore have him flogged and release him.” 18 Then they all shouted out together, “Away with this fellow! Release Barabbas for us!” 19(This was a man who had been put in prison for an insurrection that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) 20 Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.” 23 But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.  AMEN


*HYMN        “Ivory Palaces” (see insert)

SECOND READING    Luke23: 26-38 and Mark 15:33-34

MEDITATION       “Good ol Dad”              Rev. Goodrich

NRSV LUKE 23:26-32,

26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. 28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are surely coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.

33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [ 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

ADDING Mark 15:33-34

33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” AMEN

SOLO      Were you there?      Rev. Goodrich       

THIRD READING       Luke 23: 39-49

MEDITATION     “The Promise”             Rev. Goodrich           


39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. 47 When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48 And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. 49 But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. AMEN

                                                            SOLEMN REPROACHES OF THE CROSS

ONE:   Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow, like my sorrow which was brought upon me, which the Lord inflicted upon me in his fierce anger.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   O my people, O my church, What have I done to you, or in what way have I offended you? Testify against 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 Savior.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   I led you through the desert for 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 Savior.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   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 Savior.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   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.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   I gave you a royal scepter, 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 hanged me high on a cross.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   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 my blood, but you scatter and deny and abandon me.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   I sent my Spirit of truth to guide you, and you close your hearts to the Counselor. 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.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   I grafted you into the tree of my chosen of Israel, but you saw it as a sign of your own worthiness.  I raised you up as my children, yet you forget those of mine who are of different race or culture.  I called you to offer new life to the world, but you rolled a stone over the mouth of my grave.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

ONE:   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.

MANY:  Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Have mercy upon us.

*HYMN  “The Old Rugged Cross”   (see insert)

FOURTH READING        John 19: 28 - 30  

28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

After the final scripture passage, the pastor will leave.  In the silence that follows, we invite you to meditate upon the meaning of Good Friday and then write a personal prayer to our Lord on the insert provided in the bulletin. When you are ready, fold the prayer paper over, bring your prayer forward, and leave it in the bowl on the Communion Table.  No one will ever see your prayer; it will be burned following the service. As you leave the Table, take one of the tokens from the table with you as a token of all of the times you did not rise up to oppose Evil when you have seen it at work.  As you leave and for the rest of the weekend, carry this token with you as a reminder of the fact that He gave His life so that the power of Evil would be broken and that you might be safe from its terrible grasp.

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