Good Friday Service, Lockdown 2020

Good Friday Service, 10 April 2020

The Good Friday service this year is going to be different indeed as we will not be doing the traditional format. We are calling everyone to join in a three hour session from 12 noon to 3pm on Friday 10 April 2020 using the order of service below. I encourage you to set up a comfortable worship space where you can gather around and read, listen and pray.

Each word has a short reflection by a Lay Minister/Clergy based on the Word. Thereafter you encouraged to remain silent for about 5 to 10 mins reflection to hear what God is saying to you. Each session has a time of prayer that I will encourage members of your family to lead based on what you have heard from God.  The hymns can be listened to by clicking on the appropriate words.

We are asking you to join us as we reflect on the seven words of Jesus from the cross. Read, listen, pray as you journey with Jesus.

To enter into the prayer time we recommend that you listen to theVia dolorosa   click here

First word : Luke 23: 33 – 34 :
33 When they came to the place called “The Skull,” they crucified Jesus there, and the two criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.”They divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice. (GNT)

Listen to Andile Zwane by clicking here

Silent reflection

Prayers led by family members

Hymn : God Forgave my sin

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Second word : Luke 23: 39 – 43

39 One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. 41 Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” 42 And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!”

43 Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.”

Written Reflection

Read the written reflection by Phumzile Xaba here

Silent reflection

Prayers offered by family members

Hymn : Jesus Remember me

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Third word : John 19:25 -27

25 Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.”

27 Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.

Written Reflection

Read the message from Revd Beryl Florens  by clicking here.

Silent reflection

Prayers offered by family members

Hymn: Ave Maria by Marilyn Soupen

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Fourth word : Mark 15: 33 – 34

33 At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. 34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”

Written Reflection

Read the message from Deann Bridson here.

Silent reflection

Prayers offered by family members

Hymn Stay with me

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Fifth word : John 19 v 28

28 Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed; and in order to make the scripture come true, he said, “I am thirsty.”

Listen to Portia Samms by clicking here

Silent reflection

Prayers offered by family members

Hymn Let Your living water flow over my soul  by Nola Petersen

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Sixth word : John 19v 30

30 Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!”

Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Listen to Zonke Khumalo by clicking here

Silent reflection

Prayers

Hymn : Were you there when …by Mfanelo Mafoko

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Seventh word : Luke 23v 46

46 Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father! In your hands I place my spirit!” He said this and died.

Listen to Vanessa Murugan on the seventh word here

Silent reflection

Prayers offered by family members

Hymn: Amazing Love

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Let us Pray

Almighty and eternal God

You have restored us to life

by the triumphant death and

resurrection of Christ:

Continue this healing work within us and

grant that we who participate in this mystery

May never cease to give you dedicated service;

we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Hymn: Father I place into your hands by Smisiwe Ntombela