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Good Friday Home Service 2020

If you have one get a bible and a cross have them handy, sing, listen to or think about your favourite Good Friday hymns or pieces of music.

We also have a printable version here of this service.

We adore you O Christ and we bless you

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Opening Prayer:

Almighty God 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 the wicked and to suffer death upon the cross; but who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Read an account of the passion of Jesus: Matthew 27 v32-56; John 19 v16-30

Reflect on:
Is there anything about the passage which you have read which strikes you?

What does Good Friday mean to you? Or how you feel about Good Friday?

For Prayer: hold or imagine a cross

Lord Jesus Christ, we confess we have failed you as did your disciples, and we ask for your mercy and your help:

When we are tempted to betray you for the sake of selfish gain:

Lord, forgive us and help us.

When we do not keep watch in prayer, and will not share the pain of your suffering:

Lord, forgive us and help us.

When we allow the world to silence you, and run away from those who abuse you:

Lord, forgive us and help us.

When we will not confess your name, and fear the consequences of being known to belong to you:

Lord forgive us and help us.

Remember and pray for:

  • all who are dying
  • all who grieve
  • all who give their lives in the service of others…

THE LORD’S PRAYER: use the version you prefer

Eternal God, in the cross of Jesus we see the cost of our 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, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Music Suggestions:

When I survey the wondrous Cross:
There is a Green Hill far away:
How deep the Father’s love:
It is thing most wonderful:

Maundy Thursday Home Service 2020

Maundy Thursday:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you”

Musical suggestions

Music Suggestions:
The Servant King:
Lord Jesus Christ:
Meekness and Majesty:
You laid aside your majesty:
A new commandment I give you:

We also have a printable version here of this service.

Jesus washes his disciples’ feet: (from John 13 v3-15)

And during supper Jesus … got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ ….

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

  • Remember and pray for all who care for others today:

in residential care and hospitals, in homes, refugee camps and shelters,

those delivering food and medicines at this time…

  • Pray for all you love and care about and care for…
  • Pray for all who care for and love you, friends, neighbours and family…

The Last Supper: (from 1 Corinthians 11 v23-26)

The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

  • What does the Communion Service mean to you?
  • At this time when we can’t celebrate Communion together in church, remember a time when you took Communion, imagine yourself kneeling at the communion rail or standing with your hands open ready to receive Christ in the form of bread and wine… and give thanks…

You might like to further read the events of Maundy Thursday as Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane:  Matthew 26 v36-56

We pray on Maundy Thursday especially for:

  • All prisoners and those in custody,
  • Those imprisoned without trial…
  • Those who wait and weep and watch with loved ones…

Ending Prayer:

May God bless us, that in us may be found love and humility, obedience and thanksgiving, discipline, gentleness and peace.  Amen.

Resources for Palm Sunday

We have some resources for Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, some of you will have received these in the post, the rest of you I am sending out electronically, so they are attached to this email.

I have also found some Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday hymns so if you click on the links below the title and turn the sound on, on your computer, you can listen to these as well.

Ride on Ride on in majesty

Be still for the presence of the Lord

The Lord’s my Shepherd

My song is love unknown

Maundy Thursday hymn:
The Servant King

Lord Jesus Christ

Meekness and Majesty

You laid aside your majesty

Go well and stay safe

Caroline and Anne

Home Service for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday:

If you have one get a bible and a cross have them handy, sing or think about your favourite Palm Sunday hymn.
We also have a printable version here.

O Lord, our God:

We worship and adore you

You have revealed yourself to the simple and the innocent and have confounded the arrogant

We worship and adore you

You have used what the world considers weak in order to bring down the powerful

We worship and adore you

Jesus, Master, entering upon our world, gentle and majestic, clothed in humility and riding on a donkey, we acclaim you with our hosannas. 

We worship and adore you.  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

True and humble King, hailed by the crowd as Messiah: grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross, which is the path of glory.  Amen.

Gospel of Palm Sunday: (for the full version read Matthew 21 v1-11)

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David! 

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

For reflection:

Do we go with the crowd or are we brave enough to stand alone?  Are we influenced by the popular media headlines or do we want to seek the truth behind the given storyline? 

For prayer: hold or imagine a cross

Christ Jesus, show us how to welcome you into our lives as you were welcomed into Jerusalem.

CONFESSION: God forgives all who truly repent, say sorry to God for anything you need to…

HOSANNA: We pause to think about the things which make us excited, all that we want to say thank you for, all that makes us want to shout Hosanna!

THE CROSS: Jesus died on the cross for everyone.  He did not pass on pain and evil but overcame it with love.  We remember the suffering and pain of the world and we ask Jesus to help all in need…

PERSONAL: Our Lord loves and listens to everyone, so bring your own prayers to Him now…

THE LORD’S PRAYER: use the version you prefer

Jesus when you rode into Jerusalem the people waved palms with shouts of acclamation.  Grant that when the shouting dies down, we may still walk with you on the way of the cross.  Amen.

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