Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

Good Friday

2 Apr 2021, midnight

Good Friday -

Welcome & Opening Prayer Today is named Good Friday and today we remember that even though Jesus was: betrayed, deserted and denied by His friends; maliciously accused, unfairly tried and spitefully beaten by those who opposed him; and sent out to die a horrible death; Jesus continued his mission and fulfilled all the scriptures even as he hung and died on the cross.

Let’s hear the last seven things Jesus said (NRSVA):

Luke 23v34 : Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’

Luke 23v43: Then Jesus said, ‘Today you will be with me in Paradise.’

John 19v26-27: When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Mark 15v34: At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

John 19v28: After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfil the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’

John 19v30: When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Luke 23v46: Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last.  

Let us pray: Eternal God, in the cross of Jesus, we see the cost of sin and the depth of your love: in humble hope and fear may we place at his feet all that we have and all that we are, for the love of Jesus. Amen

Lords’ prayer: 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

The Grace: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, now and evermore. AMEN

Thank you for joining us today. I hope you can join us again tomorrow as we continue our Holy Week journey.