Good Friday Order of Worship

Christ Covenant Church - PCA

5:30 PM Good Friday Worship April 10, 2020




Welcome & Call to Prayer

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.  - Psalm 33:20-22


Let us pray.
We adore you, our Father, for you sent Jesus Christ, your only Son, and put him forward to die to redeem us as your children.

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

We adore you, most Holy Spirit, for you have glorified the Son to our hearts and minds so that we are assured of his redemption of us by his blood.
God of wisdom, power, and mercy, in love you have redeemed us by the blood of Jesus Christ that we might live with you forever, we bless you. 

Bless us as we gather to reflect on your suffering and death that we may know of the height, depth, length and width of your love for us in Christ Jesus, and that we might be filled with all the fullness of you our God, so that we may walk in love as you have loved us. Amen.

Hymn of Preparation  No.257 Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, see him dying on the tree!

'Tis the Christ by man rejected; yes, my soul, 'tis he, 'tis he!

'Tis the long-expected Prophet, David's Son, yet David's Lord;

By his Son God now has spoken: 'tis the true and faithful Word.


Tell me, ye who hear him groaning, was there ever grief like his?

Friends thro' fear his cause disowning, foes insulting his distress;

Many hands were raised to wound him, none would interpose to save;

But the deepest stroke that pierced him was the stroke that Justice gave.


Ye who think of sin but lightly nor suppose the evil great

Here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate.

Mark the sacrifice appointed, see who bears the awful load;

'Tis the Word, the Lord's Anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.


Here we have a firm foundation, here the refuge of the lost;

Christ's the Rock of our salvation, his the name of which we boast.

Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt!

None shall ever be confounded who on him their hope have built.


Scripture Reading & Prayer: “Suffering”   Matthew 27:24-37

24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood;see to it yourselves." 25 And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!" 26 Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.


27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.


32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews." 


Let us pray.

O Lord Jesus you are our suffering Servant,
in this moment, you endured scorn and ridicule from those you came to save.
You were crushed for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought us peace was placed upon you,
and with your stripes we are healed.
Open the eyes of our hearts to see your loving sacrifice in your suffering, and give us grace to know and feel it deeply. 

Grant us the grace to repent of our self serving, and our unwillingness to live in your suffering love for others. Constrain us by your power and love to love and serve others. Lord Jesus, help us see with our hearts, and walk in your steps. Amen.


Hymn     No.247 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down;

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown;

O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was thine!

Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call thee mine.


What thou, my Lord, hast suffered was all for sinners' gain:

Mine, mine was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior! 'Tis I deserve thy place;

Look on me with thy favor, vouchsafe to me thy grace.


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 to thee.


Scripture Reading & Prayer:  “Death”  Matthew 27:45-54

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, "This man is calling Elijah." 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. 51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!" 


Let us pray.

O Lord you are the Maker and Giver of life, yet in this moment you gave up yours for us. In your body of flesh you were torn to make a way for us to enter your presence. 

O God, we enter and remain in your presence by faith with the assurance of no condemnation now and forevermore in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Teach us in our hearts by the greatness of your love demonstrated, that we may be thankful each day, abiding in your presence by faith, dying daily to ourselves to live a life worthy of the calling that has come through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus, help us see with our hearts, and walk in your steps. Amen.


Hymn  Here is Hope

He who healed our sorrows, here was bruised and broken

He whose love no end knows, here was forsaken, left all alone.

Here despair cries boldly, claiming this it's vict'ry.

Sweeter peace enfolds me: Hope did not die here,

But here was given. Here is Hope.


He who was rejected, He knows well my longing.

He, so long expected carried our burdens,

Bore ev'ry sorrow: Here, Here, Here is Hope


Hope did not die here, but here was given.

And ours is the vict'ry. Here is Hope.

©2012 Rob Gardner Music, ASCAP  CCLI11211779


Message “The Last Words of Jesus: Forsaken”


Scripture Reading & Prayer: “Burial”   Matthew 27:57-61

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.


Let us pray.

O Lord, you are the Rock of our salvation. In this moment, it seemed all hope was sealed away. In your burial there was no word of life spoken. There was only grief and sorrow.  

Give us the grace to remember the silence and stillness of the grave, that we may value silence and stillness before you knowing the gravity of your death, and the brevity of our days. Yet give us grace to know that if the seed goes into the ground and dies it produces an abundance of fruit in life, that we will know your love and hope in your life beyond the grave.

Grant us the grace to know how our neighbors grieve with loss, that we may bear the burden of their grief and offer them hope through your death and burial in their place. 

Lord Jesus, help us see with our hearts, and walk in your steps. Amen.


Hymn   No.261 What Wondrous Love Is This

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!



The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.




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