March 29, a.d. 2013
Worship Service 7:00 pm
Preparation for Worship: Prelude and Silent Prayer
O God, who by the passion of Thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of Thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; Who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
†Call to Worship John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
†Good Friday Collects
Almighty God, we beseech you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross, who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified; receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all estates of men in your holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry may truly and godly serve you; through our Lord Jesus Christ.
O Merciful God, who has made all men and does not desire the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live; have mercy upon all who do not know you as you are revealed in the Gospel of your Son. Take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of your Word; and so bring them home to your flock, blessed Lord, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
†“Ah, Dearest Jesus” Psalter Hymnal #351
Prayer of Penitence St. Ambrose, 5th Century
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your hands on the Cross to redeem us by your blood. Forgive me, a sinner, for none of my thoughts are hid from you. Pardon I ask; pardon I hope for; pardon I trust to have. You are gracious and merciful; spare and forgive me. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon 1 Peter 2:24
Intercessions for the Church Book of Common Prayer, 1549
Almighty and ever-living God, who by your holy Apostle has taught us to make prayers and supplications, and to give thanks for all people; we humbly beseech you most mercifully to receive these our prayers, which we offer to your Divine Majesty.
We beseech you to inspire continually the Universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord; and grant, that all they who do confess your holy Name may agree in the truth of your holy Word, and live in unity, and godly love.
We beseech you also to save and defend all leaders and governors, and especially your servant, our President; that under him we may be godly and quietly governed. And grant to his whole cabinet, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and impartially administer justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of your true religion, and virtue.
Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all pastors, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth your true and lively Word, and rightly and duly administer your holy Sacraments.
And to all your people give your heavenly grace; and especially to this congregation, that with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear, and receive your holy Word; truly serving you in holiness and righteousness all the days of their lives.
And we most humbly beseech you, of your goodness, O Lord, to comfort all those who, in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.
And we also bless your holy Name for all your servants departed this life in your faith and fear; beseeching you to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of your heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate, in whose name we pray.
Old Testament Reading Leviticus 1
Psalm 69 Psalter Hymnal #127; Stanzas 2, 4-7
First Gospel Reading John 19:1-27
Psalm 22 Psalter Hymnal #34; Stanzas 1-6
Second Gospel Reading John 19:28-42
Psalm 22 Psalter Hymnal #34; Stanzas 7-11
Epistle Reading Philippians 2:1-11
Gospel Basics: The Cross
i. The Need for the Cross
ii. The Work of the Cross
iii.. The Life of the Cross
†“O Sacred Head Now Wounded” Psalter Hymnal #355
†Confession of Faith The Apostles’ Creed (pg. 3)
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Lift up your hearts!
We lift them up to the Lord!
Offering Benevolence Fund
†Closing Prayer Gallican Liturgy, 5th Century
O Christ, God, great Adonai, crucify us as it were with yourself to this world, that your life may be in us. Put our sins upon yourself to crucify them. Draw us also to yourself, since for us you were lifted up from the earth, to deliver us from the tyrant. Although by the flesh and by sins we are under the devil’s power, yet we long to serve you, not him. We desire to live under your authority, and beg to be governed by you, who was pleased by the death of the Cross to deliver us, mortals. For this transcendent benefit we bring the service of our devotion. We humbly adore, implore, and invoke you, that you, O God, eternal Might, would hasten your coming unto us. You who by your power makes things future to be as things past, and also by your presence, things past to be as things present: grant that your Passion may be as saving to us as if it were present this day. You who reigns for ever with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now continue to reign over us, for ever and ever. Amen.
†Benediction 2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
†Doxology (unannounced) Psalter Hymnal #493