GREETINGS –

Dear Friends,

 Welcome again to KUC online. Below is a photo of our sanctuary last year, with the wilderness scene covered in black. Most of the 2020 service was recorded with just a few people far apart in the church, but also it benefitted from Glenda, Anne and  Donna who added to the organ music by Jenny by recording their parts at home. Donna in fact sang with herself so that she produced a duet.  

As usual, just click PLAY under picture. If you would like to join in the responses, scroll down to follow the order of service. 

Previous services will be on the link Past Recorded Services.

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Good Friday Order of  Service: 

10th April 2020. 

 

Welcome and Announcements

  • A service with responses to be led by two readers. Listeners are encouraged to join in the words in dark italics .

  • A service of 4 candles arranged on a dark cloth (or a collection of flowers in the shape of a crown) to be extinguished (or removed) after the singing of each verse of “Were you there”.

  • Music Please join in singing the words as written.

Gathering Words:

Throughout this week We have walked with Christ.

In times past We have shared his table.

And so often He has washed our feet.

And today,We approach the cross.

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Item:  “The Old Rugged Cross” (item sung by Glenda)

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame,
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

1st Reading:  John 19 1-7 (excerpts)

Musical interlude:  “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”  (extinguish 1st candle)

Reflective responsive Prayer:  (2 readers)

Leader: Lord, what would we have done?

Reader: Would we have fallen asleep and then run away terrified, like the disciples in Gethsemane?

All: Thank you that you forgive us for our weakness, when we opt out and run away from conflict and cost. (Coralie)

Leader: Lord, what would we have done?

Reader: Would we have shouted “Hosanna” on one day, and “Crucify” on another?

All: Forgive us when we fail you because it is easier to follow the crowd.

 Lord, what would we have done?

Would we have been harsh and judgemental like the Pharisees?

Forgive us when we are quick to condemn, or hid behind legalism.

Lord, what would we have done?

Would we have been like the soldiers, hard and callous, just doing their job?

Forgive us when we act blindly and unthinkingly, without considering the effect our behaviour has on others.

Lord what would we have done?

Would we have slunk away ashamed from the horror of Calvary?

We thank you that you forgive us when we let you down, and that your love is stronger than all the evil we could throw at you; 

Lord, accept these prayers, offered in your name.    

(Vincent Ashwin, “The Book of a Thousand Prayers”, page 344)

Hymn:  “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”  (Verse  and chorus) (played by Anne Jacobson on the Cello).

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

O sometimes, it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble;

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (extinguish 2nd candle)

2nd Reading:  “Golgotha”  (John 19 excerpts)

Silence

Hymn:  Were you there when they crucified my Lord?  Verse 2

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?  (extinguish 3rd candle)

Prayer  (Angela Ashwin: A Book of a Thousand Prayers” page 341)

Sung Item :  “Pie Jesus”  (Merciful Jesus)Sung by Donna Langford

(Music Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

 Translation: Merciful Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world, give them rest.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, give them rest eternal rest.

Prayer  (Eddie Askew; “A Book of a Thousand Prayers” pg 338)

Hymn TIS 345 “Were you there”  v. 5 and chorus.

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?  (extinguish 4th candle)

Prayers of the People followed by The Lord’s Prayer – Dawn

Final Musical item played by Jenny on Organ  Hymn TIS 351   “Lift high the cross”   (v’s 4, 5). CCLI 63709 CCLI Song No. 5690235

 CHORUS: Lift high the cross,  the love of Christ proclaim 

Till all the world adore his sacred name.

O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,

Draw all to you, let all the nations see:

CHORUS

From farthest regions let them homage bring,

And on the cross adore Saviour King:

CHORUS

Benediction:

We adore you, O Christ and we bless you because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.