Holy Week: Good Friday, April 18, 2014

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On Good Friday we remembered the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who humbled himself, became obedient to death on the cross, and redeemed us from our sin. We meditated on the seven last words Christ through scripture readings, responsive prayers (from Grace Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, CA) and songs as we expressed our gratefulness for Jesus, what he has done and continues to do for us.

1. Gathering Song: The Gospel Song by Bob Kauflin and Drew Jones

Holy God, in love, became
perfect Man to bear my blame.
On the cross He took my sin.
By His death I live again.

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2. Come Ye Sinners – Words: Joseph Hart (1759), Music: Christine Cover and Greg Wiele
Arrangement: The Crossing Music

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and power.

On the bloody Cross behold Him,
Sinner, will this not suffice,
Lo! the incarnate God ascended,
Pleads His perfect sacrifice.

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3. The First Word: Luke 23:26-38 and Corporate Prayer
(all prayers from Grace Presbyterian Church)

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Father in heaven, forgive us for we know not what we do.
We cry to You for help and crucify Your Son.
Thank You for loving us, Your enemies, weakened and enslaved by sin.
To You we give thanks and praise: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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4. Were You There – Words: Traditional African Spiritual, Music: Clint Well

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble,
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

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5. The Second Word: Luke 23:39-43 and Corporate Prayer

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Father in heaven, we are justly condemned for our sins,
yet Jesus promises us Paradise through faith in Him.
Grant us the blessing of Abraham that we may live forever with You,
through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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6. Hallelujah! What A Savior – Words and Music: Phillip P. Bliss (1875), Arrangement: The Crossing Music

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

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7. Third Word: John 19:25-27 and Corporate Prayer

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

O God our Father, perfect Your love in us that we,
in the midst of our suffering, may reach out to others,
as did Your Son Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit,
who lives and reigns with You, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

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8. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – Words: Isaac Watts (1707), Music: Lowell Mason (1824)

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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9. The Fourth Word: Matthew 27:45-49 and Corporate Prayer

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

Our Father in heaven, for our sake You judged and abandoned
Your Son Jesus upon the cross, making Him sin who knew no sin.
Grant that we may humbly receive the gift of his righteousness
to live fully reconciled to you, one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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10. How Deep the Father’s Love For Us by Stuart Townend, We used the arrangement by King’s Kaleidoscope

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.

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11. The Fifth Word: John 19:28-29 and Corporate Prayer

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.

Our Father in heaven, Your Word became flesh and dwelt among
us and, as flesh, He suffered terribly upon the cross. Do not shield
us from the enormity of His pain. Break our hearts and flood them
with the assurance of Your love for us, through the conviction of
the Holy Spirit who, with the eternal Lord, lives and reigns with
You, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.

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12. O Sacred Head Now Wounded – Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Ber­nard of Clair­vaux (1153), Translation: James W. Al­ex­and­er (1830), Music: Page CXVI

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale are Thou with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
O how your face bears sorrow that once was bright as morn!

You bled by our hands. You bled by our hands.
You bled by our hands. You bled.

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13. The Sixth Word: John 19:30a and Corporate Prayer

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

Our heavenly Father, You sent Your Son Jesus to put away sin once
for all. Nothing about us is finished: our lives, our striving, our
work, our sinning. Help us to live by grace through faith knowing
that our redemption is secured by You, the living God: Father, Son
and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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14. Jesus Paid it All – Words: Elvina M. Hall (1865), Music: John T. Grape (1835-1915), Arrangement: Kings Kaleidoscope

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
can change the leper’s spots
and melt the heart of stone.”

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

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15. The Seventh Word: Luke 23:44b-49 and Corporate Prayer (Psalm 31:1-5)

…and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

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16. Rock of Ages – Words: Augustus M. Toplady (1776), Contemporary chorus by Page CXVI (2009). Arrangement by Page CXVI and David Wilton

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.

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17. The Death of Christ: Matthew 27:50-56

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

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18. Nothing But the Blood – Words and Music by Robert Lowry, Arragement: Page CXVI

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

How precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
nothing but the blood of Jesus.

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19. Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan

On friday a thief, on sunday a king
laid down in grief
but woke with the keys
of hell on that day.
First born of the slain
the man, Jesus Christ, laid
death in his grave.

Worship Team for Good Friday 2014:

Charles Anderson – Teaching Pastor
Andrew Camp – vocals, electric guitars
Kristen Camp – vocals
David Cover – electric guitars, percussion
Nick Havens – bass, Moog bass
Scott Johnson – vocals, piano
Patrick Miller – liturgist
Andrew Luley – drums
Justin Schilb – violin
Benedict Sin – violin

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