Thursday, March 20, 2008

Final Good Friday Script

FWIW Here's our 2008 Good Friday Service

Good Friday Worship Order of Service

Welcome and Explanation Pastor David Wilson

The idea behind this service is to give some context for why Christ had to die. It wasn't just "for God so loved" it was that we are sinners and are unable to pay the price for our sins. God is Holy, and we're anything but. So we'll use darkness, drama, Scripture, song and video to help us understand the depth of our sinfulness. In that way I hope we will understand the depth of Christ's loving sacrifice.

Moment of Meditation “Hurt” Johnny Cash (we're running a ppt of sins appearing then fading behind this audio)

“Come Ye Sinners” Bunny and Sean (art of Christ and the crucifixion runs behind this)

“How Deep the Father’s Love” -Video Fernando Ortega ( Passion of the Christ video background)

Reading One Craig Bryan (audio from the Passion behind this)

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him in the face.

Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him." When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"

They shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

"Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked.

"We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

Pouring Out of God’s Wrath

We built a cross which sits in a plastic tub, covered to look as if it sits on a rocky hill. At each pouring, a slideshow runs with Scriptural and other quotes (Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer etc) describing the penalty for sins - the cup of wrath in other words) Audio from the Passion CD

“When I Survey” - Video (from iWorship DVD with Kathyrn Scott singing)

Reading Two Kristen Morton

Bearing His own cross, the soldiers led Jesus to the place called the Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.

As they crucified Jesus, the soldiers stripped His garments making four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.

The soldiers said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be"; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots."

And they put up above His head the charge against Him which reads, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS." Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."

Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

Pouring Out of God’s Wrath

“Alone” – Peter’s Monologue John Anderson (off the Lifeway site)

Reading Three Doug Fannon

And those who passed by hurled abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!"

And one of the criminals hanging beside Jesus hurled abuse at Him, saying, "Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!"

But the other answered, and rebuked him saying, "Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?”

"And we indeed justly, for we received what we deserve for our
deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." And the thief pled, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!"

And Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in

“Nothing But the Blood” Praise Team (Matt Redmon updated version)

Reading Four Pastor David Wilson

The third hour was upon Jesus and darkness fell over the whole land until the final hour.

Jesus cried out “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

And some of those who stood around us there, when they heard it, said, "This man is calling for Elijah."

And immediately one of them ran, and took a sponge, filling it with sour wine, and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink. But the rest of them cried out, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him."

And about the ninth hour when he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. At that moment, the curtain in the
Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

Pouring Out of God’s Wrath

“Were You There” Congregation and Praise Team (traditional - first two verses, video of the crucifixing from the Passion)

Invitation to the Table Pastor David Wilson

Communion Deacons

“The Last Painting” – Video (very powerful video of a painter doing a figure of Christ on the cross)

Thank you. Please depart in silence and return Sunday Morning to experience the JOY OF EASTER!

We'll leave in darkness and silence and await Easter's light.

Good Friday

“The Cup”

New Hope Baptist Church

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