A service of meditation for Good Friday

Welcome to this online service of meditation for Good Friday, led by Revd Dr Tony Rich.

Introduction to the service

This cross hangs in the benefice chapel in Smallfield Church Hall

The collect for Good Friday

Almighty Father,
look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed and given up into the hands of sinners
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

Listen to a reading from Isaiah 52: 13 to 53: 12
Read by Julie Mohicek

The hymn ‘There is a Green Hill far away’ is sung
Sung by Esther, Ginette and Peter Nye

There is a green hill far away,
without a city wall,
where the dear Lord was crucified
who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiv’n,
he died to make us good;
that we might go at last to heav’n,
saved by his precious blood.

There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin;
he only could unlock the gate
of heav’n, and let us in.

O dearly, dearly has he loved,
and we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.

Listen to a reading of the Passion: John 18 and 19

A reflection on the cross

The hymn ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ is sung
Recorded at St Mary’s, Horne on 15 April 2018

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God:
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
sorrow and love flow mingling down:
did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of Nature mine,
that were an off’ring far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

The closing prayers

Let us pray for the coming of the kingdom in the words our Saviour taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Most merciful God, who by the death and
resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and
saved mankind: grant that by faith in him who
suffered on the cross, we may triumph in the power
of his victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.