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Zoom Worship - April 14th Good Friday

Prelude: Adagio from Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G Major

by J. S. Bach performed by Mark Chambers, cellist


Centering Song: Bless the Lord, My Soul (Taize)

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name.

Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life.

Reading: Isaiah 52:13-15, 53:1-12

Voice 1: See, my servant shall prosper;

he shall be exalted and lifted up,

and shall be very high.

Just as there were many who were astonished at him

—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,

and his form beyond that of mortals—

so he shall startle many nations;

kings shall shut their mouths because of him;

for that which had not been told them they shall see,

and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Voices 2: Who has believed what we have heard?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

For he grew up before him like a young plant,

and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by others;

a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;

and as one from whom others hide their faces

he was despised, and we held him of no account.

All: Surely, he has borne our infirmities

and carried our diseases;

yet we accounted him stricken,

struck down by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,

crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the punishment that made us whole,

and by his bruises we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have all turned to our own way,

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

Voices 2: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he did not open his mouth;

like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,

and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,

so he did not open his mouth.

By a perversion of justice he was taken away.

Who could have imagined his future?

For he was cut off from the land of the living,

stricken for the transgression of my people.

They made his grave with the wicked

and his tomb with the rich,

although he had done no violence,

and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.

When you make his life an offering for sin,

he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;

through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.

Out of his anguish he shall see light;

he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.

Voice 1: The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,

and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;

because he poured out himself to death,

and was numbered with the transgressors;

yet he bore the sin of many,

and made intercession for the transgressors.

Opening Hymn: What Wondrous Love Is This, VU 147

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!

what wondrous love is this, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss

to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,

to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;

to God and to the Lamb I will sing;

To God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM,

while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,

while millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;

and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,

and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,

and through eternity I’ll sing on.

Opening Prayer

Poem: To Know the Dark by Wendell Berry (b. 1934)

To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.

To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,

and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,

and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.

Music: Sarabande from Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello in C major

by J. S. Bach performed by Mark Chambers


We read the story from The Gospel of John: 18-19

The term ‘the Jews’ in St. John’s Gospel applies to particular individuals and not to the whole Jewish people. Some scholars have suggested a more appropriate translation of the Greek should be “Judeans” as it refers to a specific geographical and cultural context, though this does not fully capture the complexity of identity and relationship of the Jewish people and religion to the Christian scriptures. What is important to remember, is that insofar as we ourselves turn against Christ, we are responsible for his death.

Song: Stay with Me (Taize)

Stay with me, remain here with me,

watch and pray, watch and pray.

First Reading: Jesus is arrested in the garden

Hymn: Go to Dark Gethsemane

Go to dark Gethsemane,

You that feel the tempter's power;

your Redeemer's conflict see,

watch with him one bitter hour.

Turn not from his grief’s away;

Learn from him to watch and pray

See him at the judgment hall,

beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;

see him meekly bearing all;

love to all his soul sustained!

Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;

learn of Christ to bear the cross.

Calvary's mournful mountain view;

There the Lord of glory see,

made a sacrifice for you

Dying on the accursed tree.

"It is finished!" hear him cry;

Trust in Christ and learn to die.

Second Reading: Jesus is interrogated; Peter denies Jesus

Song: O Brother Jesus (Iona)

O Brother Jesus, where have we left you,

Saviour and Lover of all?

Music: Poor Wayfaring Stranger, American traditional

performed by Mark Chambers

Third Reading: Jesus is Brought Before Pilate

Hymn: O Sacred Head, VU 145

O sacred head, sore wounded, with grief and shame weighed down;

now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown:

how art thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn;

how does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!

What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend,

for this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?

O make me thine forever; and should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for thee.

Be near when I am dying; O show thy cross to me;

and for my succour flying, come, Lord, to set me free.

These eyes, new faith receiving, from thee shall not remove;

for all who die believing, die safely through thy love.

Fourth Reading: Jesus is handed over to be crucified

Hymn: Holy is His Name

Who is he who lights our way, holy is his name.

Walks beside us ev’ry day, holy is his name.

Teaches us that God is near, heals the sick and calms our fear –

Brings good news for all to hear, holy is his name.

Who is he who lights our way, holy is his name.

Walks beside us ev’ry day, holy is his name.

Blesses those the world condemns, shares their table, calls them friends –

Loves the as the ones Gods sends, holy is his name.

Chris it is who shares God’s grace, holy is his name.

In Christ we meet God face to face, holy is his name.

All God’s prophecies fulfills; dies on dread Golgotha’s hill –

Lives again, walks with us still, holy is his name.

Fifth Reading: Jesus is crucified

Hymn: O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile, VU 136

O come and mourn with me awhile;

O come near to the Saviour's side;

O come together, let us mourn:

Jesus our Love is crucified.

Have we no tears to shed for him,

while soldiers scoff and foes deride?

Ah! look how patiently he hangs;

Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

Seven times he spoke, seven words of love;

And all three hours his silence cried

for mercy on the souls of all:

Jesus our Love is crucified.

O love of God! O sin-filled world!

In this dread act your strength is tried,

and victory remains with love:

Jesus our Love is crucified

Sixth Reading: Jesus is buried

Hymn: Unto the Hills, Psalm 121, VU 842

Unto the hills around do I lift up my longing eyes:

O whence for me shall my salvation come,

from whence arise?

From God the Lord doth come my certain aid,

from God the Lord who heaven and earth hath made.

God will not suffer that thy foot be moved;

safe shalt thou be.

No careless slumber shall those eyelids close

who keepeth thee.

The One who sleepeth not, who slumbereth ne’er

shall guard thee, Israel, with most holy care.

Jehovah is indeed thy keeper true; thy changeless shade;

Jehovah thy defence on thy right hand,

thine own true aid.

And thee no sun by day shall ever smite;

no moon shall harm thee in the silent night.

From every evil shall God keep thy soul, from every sin:

Jehovah shall preserve thy going out, thy coming in.

Above thee watching, God whom we adore

shall keep thee henceforth, yea, for evermore

Action: Placing stones in the “tomb”


Song: Don’t Be Afraid (Iona)

Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger,

My love is stronger than your fear.

Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger,

And I have promised, promised to be always near.

Postlude: Nocturne from String Quartet no. 2 by Alexander Borodin

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