Family Worship Helps for Good Friday

Prayer of Preparation:

Almighty and everlasting God, You willed that Your Son should bear for us the pains of the cross, that You might remove from us the power of the adversary: Help us to remember and give thanks for our Lord’s Passion that we may obtain remission of sin and redemption from everlasting death; through the same, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Scripture reading:

Philippians 2:5-11 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 John 4:13-19  13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.

Hymn of Praise:  O Jesus, We Adore Thee #255 [https://hymnary.org/hymn/TH1990/255]

Confession of Sin:

Most Merciful Father, who sent our Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, we have sinned in many ways against You and Your commandments:

We confess that we have not believed in You, our one God and Father, but have put our faith and trust more in creatures than in You, our God and Creator.

We confess that we have erected idols in our hearts, and bowed down and served them;

We confess that we have misused Your Name, that we have sworn falsely or lightly by it, and have not professed it or kept it holy as we ought;

WE confess that we have not kept the Sabbath holy, nor have we rejoiced in the work of six days but have grumbled against your day and been negligent in our work;

We confess that we have not honored our parents, and have been disobedient to them and to all those to whom we owe honor and obedience;

We confess that have not respected life, but have murdered in our hearts, venting our anger against our neighbors whom we are to love;

We confess that we have been unchaste; we acknowledge all our sins of the flesh and all the excess and extravagance of our whole lives in eating, drinking, clothing, and other things, and our intemperance in our thinking, seeing, hearing, and speaking;

We confess that we have stolen.  We acknowledge our greed; WE admit our love of the world and the things of the world; we have dishonestly gained and kept what we have, and greedily held what belongs to others;

We confess that we have borne false witness, that we have been untrue and unfaithful toward our neighbor, that we have shaded, twisted and denied the truth;

We confess that we have coveted the possessions and spouses of others; we acknowledge in summary that our whole life is nothing else than sin and transgression of your holy commandments and an inclination toward all evil.

We thank you, God our Father that your forgiveness for all our sins is forever sure in the perfect person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His name, Amen.

Hymn of AdorationWhat Wondrous Love is This #261 [https://hymnary.org/hymn/TH1990/261 or a choral version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVnvN3EVxY]

A Reading—it’s designed to be responsive but as always you can adapt for your group or family:

O my people, O my Church,
what have I done to you, or in what have I offended you?
I led you forth from the land of Egypt
and delivered you by the waters of baptism,
but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

I led you through the desert forty years and fed you with manna;
I brought you through times of persecution and of renewal
and gave you my body, the bread of heaven;
but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

I made you branches of my vineyard
and gave you the water of salvation,
but when I was thirsty you gave me vinegar and gall
and pierced with a spear the side of your Savior. 

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

I went before you in a pillar of cloud,
but you have led me to the judgment hall of Pilate.
I brought you to a land of freedom and prosperity,
but you have scourged, mocked, and beaten me. 

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

I gave you a royal scepter, and bestowed the keys to the kingdom,
but you have given me a crown of thorns.
I raised you on high with great power,
but you have hanged me on the cross.

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

My peace I gave, which the world cannot give,
and washed your feet as a servant,
but you draw the sword to strike in my name
and seek high places in my kingdom. 

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

I accepted the cup of suffering and death for your sakes,
but you scatter and deny and abandon me.
I sent the Spirit of truth to lead you,
but you close your hearts to guidance.

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

I called you to go and bring forth fruit,
but you cast lots for my clothing.
I prayed that you all may be one,
but you continue to quarrel and divide. 

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

I grafted you into the tree of my chosen people Israel,
but you turned on them with persecution and mass murder.
I made you joint heirs with them of my covenants,
but you made them scapegoats for your own guilt. 

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

I came to you as the least of your brothers and sisters.
I was hungry but you gave me no food,
thirsty but you gave me no drink.
I was a stranger but you did not welcome me,
naked but you did not clothe me,
sick and in prison but you did not visit me. 

Holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal One,
have mercy upon us.

Hymn of ThanksgivingLet All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence #193[https://hymnary.org/hymn/TH1990/193 or a choral version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxd7rWLhCMc]

Homily:  The Dereliction of Jesus Christ:  the Death of the Light and Life of Men

Texts: Matthew 27: 1-50; John 13:1

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