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Apr 2022

2022 Good Friday Service

And being found in human form, Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. – Philippians 2:8

This Friday, April 15th, Redemption Hill will be observing Good Friday together. Good Friday is the day in the church year during which we intentionally look to Jesus’ death for us on the cross. We are doing a Good Friday service for a few reasons. First, we want to read, narrate, and remember Jesus’ last words from the cross. Second, we want to reflect on these words for our understanding of God and the redemption accomplished by the cross. Lastly, we want to invite all worshippers to renewed prayer and dedication.

So why is it called “Good” Friday? There are a number of ways to answer this question. One is that way back when, “Good” had a different meaning than how we use it today. It meant revered Friday, honored Friday, highly esteemed and venerable Friday. In other words, it was a title lifting up this Friday as especially important and deserving of respect because of what Jesus did for us. In the Eastern Church, they even call this Great and Holy Friday for much the same reason.

The service Friday night will be a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering, as we remember the death of Jesus and recall his seven last words on the cross. Readings will trace the story of Christ’s passion, music will portray his pathos and the bewilderment of his followers, and the power of silence and darkness will suggest the drama of this momentous day. As the service proceeds, the sanctuary will darken, concluding in near darkness, symbolizing the darkness which covered the earth at the time of Jesus’ death. Because of this, please plan on entering the sanctuary humbly, worshiping deeply, and reflecting quietly when the service has concluded, with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for you and your salvation.

Here are the scriptures and songs that we will read and sing together Friday night:

The First Word

Luke 23:34
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
How Can You Refuse Him Now by Hank Williams

The Second Word

Luke 23:43
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
One Righteous Man by Joel Brown

The Third Word

John 19:26-27
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted by Thomas Kelly

The Fourth Word

Matthew 27:46
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Were You There?

The Fifth Word

John 19:28-29
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.
Draw Near (Psalm 69) by Wendell Kimbrough

The Sixth Word

John 19:30
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
What Have We Done? by Joe Day

The Seventh Word

Luke 23:44-46
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
Depth of Mercy by Charles Wesley
 
Our Good Friday service will be this Friday night, April 15th, at 7:00 p.m. If you are planning on attending, please register here and share the event with your friends, family, and neighbors. No childcare will be provided. Make plans now to join us as we conclude this holy season together by looking to the cross and seeing the iniquity that caused Jesus to be “made a curse (Galatians 3:13).” Our prayer is that during this time, God would once again show us the enormity of our guilt, and help us meditate on the sufferings of Jesus. We pray that God would have compassion on us in your weakness, and would help us let walk in the depths of humility, bathed in the forgiveness of Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

Music Playlists

Apple Music and Spotify playlists for Good Friday.

 

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