Stories of Good Friday (we were there)

Dayspring Presbyterian Church  – Good Friday Worship
April 15TH 11am

 “We were there.”

The drama of Good Friday is a drama of how people deal with fear, shattered dreams, confusion or disappointment. As you once again hear the story told, we invite you to identify with the characters – their feelings and their reactions – to the events surrounding the crucifixion of Christ. We were there! We are there!

*indicates that those who are able may stand (song sheet at the end of the Order of Worship)

Prelude

Call To Worship:
L: Fear and fascination drew observers to the first Holy Friday. These emotions have attracted people ever since.
All: We cannot flee from the pain and suffering which Jesus experienced.
L: We wonder why one so faithful and loving had to face the agony of rejection and death.
All: Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and was bruised for our iniquities.
L: Today we listen to those who were there and what might have happened within them.

Prayer of approach

The shadow of the cross falls on us as we worship. We lift our eyes to Jesus, who was condemned by the powerful; was mocked by the angry and impotent; was ridiculed by the unbelievers. We come to remember and to learn from the cross that falls on us as we worship. We come to give thanks to God for the suffering servant, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. We come to praise God for God’s amazing gifts. Amen

Scripture: Mark 14: 41 – 46

Judas Iscariot tells his story

Was I there?  Yes, I, Judas Iscariot was there all right.  I don’t suppose you’ll ever understand why I acted as I did.  But if you could have known that man Jesus as I knew him, perhaps you wouldn’t be quite so harsh in your condemnation.

Why he had everything going for him!  He could make the crowds hang on his words.  There were hundreds — no thousands — who would have done anything he asked them to do.  He was the perfect leader for our people — and then he threw it all away.  It would have been child’s play for him to get the whole nation behind him and throw those detested Romans clear out of the country.  I was sure that’s what he was leading up to, with all his fine talk about a Kingdom.  And then he blew it.  “My kingdom is not of this world.”  indeed!

I tell you I’ve never been so disappointed in my life.  A man who let people down like that ought to be betrayed.  And yet…O God…I wish I could forget those eyes that seemed to see right into me.  I wish he had just stopped loving me for one bitter moment.  Perhaps it would be easier for me now.

Musical Interlude

Scripture: Mark 14: 66-72

Peter tells his story

How could I have done it?  “I’m your man, Jesus.  You can count on me.  Maybe not on anybody else, but you can count on good old Peter the rock.”  That’s what I said to him, not 24 hours ago.  And I meant every word of it.  I was so sure that nothing could ever make me let him down.  And then look what I did – told those Roman soldiers and that serving girl three times in a row that I never even knew him!

Never knew HIM!  I knew him as I’ve never known anyone in my life.  To think that I was the one who realized on the mountain top that here was no mere man, but God himself living with us.  I was the one who blurted it out:  “Jesus, you’re the Christ, the son of the living God!”

And now I’ve denied him.  And without any doubt those murderers will have his life.  My last chance gone to say I’m sorry, or to do anything to help him.  If only there could be another chance.

Special music: When I survey the wondrous cross

Scripture: Mark 14: 55 – 65

Caiaphas tells his story

In a way, you know, it’s too bad about that young man… what’s his name?  Jesus.  He was a likeable fellow, I suppose.  Certainly a lot of the people seemed to think so.  But you can’t have people like that going around upsetting the status quo.  All his talk about love and being a servant and turning the other cheek…bah!  What did he care about the sacred Law of our people?  What did he care about the temple, or sacrifices?  What did he care about me–Caiaphas, the High Priest?  Subversive he was, and blasphemous too.  A few more like him around and where would our religion be?  No respect for the Law, no respect for tradition…well, thank goodness we’ve got him out of the way.

I must say, though, it’s amazing the way he stood before the Council.  He didn’t seem to be afraid of us at all.  Just as though he had some kind of authority that was all his own.  Oh well…best just to forget about him as quickly as possible.  Chances are we’ll never hear any more of the matter.

Musical Interlude

Scripture: Mark 15: 1 – 15

Pilate tells his story

Why oh why did I have to become governor of a god-forsaken little province like this?  A bunch of lunatics – that’s what these people are!  Coming to me with their petty little disputes, threatening an insurrection if I don’t do exactly what they want.

This was the last straw, this Jesus business.  Why, they didn’t have a case against him at all.  Sheer jealousy, that’s all it was.  And he stood head and shoulders over every one of them who were after his blood.  I’ve never seen such courage.  He took his flogging, and all the jeering and spitting without ever flinching.

I wish there’d been some way of saving him.  I really do!  I tried…God knows I tried.  But what can you do with a howling mob like that?  I’ve got to protect myself. If there’d been a riot, and Caesar had heard about it…well, at least, nobody can hold me responsible for his death.  I’ve washed my hands of the whole thing.  Still, I wish there’d been some way…I just can’t forget the way he looked at me.  I don’t think I ever will.

*Hymn: What are these wounds                    (241)

Scripture: Luke 23: 32 – 34; 39 – 4

The Criminal tells his story

It’s all over for him.

For me, a few more hours of this unspeakable pain, and then it’s over for me too.

I never expected to die like this.

Oh, I knew I’d die a criminal’s death one way or another, but I always thought it would be with cursing and shrieking defiance to the end.  But then, who’d ever have thought I’d die beside this man?

Now for the first time I’m suddenly at peace and just because of him.  Imagine!  Hanging on a cross, blind with pain, and everything’s all right!  I’m a whole person.

God, thank you for letting me die here.

Hymn: Jesus remember me  (x3)      (206)

Scripture: John 19: 38 – 42

The 21st Christian tells her story

Was I there?  That’s a rather odd question to ask someone who’s living twenty one centuries later, isn’t it?

Well, I’ve got some questions of my own.  Tell me, why did it have to happen?  Why did God let Jesus die like that?  Why did anyone want to put him to death?  I’ll never understand it.  And yet, I wonder…would it have been any different today?  We’re still pretty good at putting goodness and love to death.

Look at all the good we know but cannot do.  We know that peace is better than war, yet we wage war in spite of ourselves.  We know that the starving two-thirds of the world could be fed, but we hang on grimly to our standard of living.  We know that Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount could revolutionize human life, but we reject both him and his teaching.

Was I there?  Yes, I guess you’d have to say I was there, along with Peter and Judas and the rest of them.  Things aren’t really so different today than on that first grim Good Friday, except for one thing; (long pause here) we know about Easter Sunday.  And the cross, for us means not just death and evil, but victory as well.

*Hymn: Were you there?       (vrs. 1-5)         (233)

Prayer Of Confession (in unison)

Gracious God, we were there. We promise to be faithful but we fall away; we forsake you; we betray you; we deny you; we watch from afar; we don’t tell anyone that your reign is at hand; we are afraid. Yet we dare to come once again to stand before your cross because in that cross we see the magnitude of your love and forgiveness. Lord change us!  Remake us into the disciples you would have us be.  We pray in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

*Hymn: What wondrous love is this (verse 1&2)                                   242

Benediction

Go forth to love and serve the Lord. And may God who loves us with an everlasting faithfulness, Christ who shows the way to full living, and the Spirit who will enable us to shine in God’s name… be with each and everyone of us this day and ever more. Amen

Thanks to all those volunteering in preparing and worship this morning: Binu Kapadia, Darlene Eerkes, Marc Johnson, Berndt Kohler, Jack Little,Fionna McCrostie, Nick Nation, Rom Rhoad, Linda Farrah-Basford, and Annabelle Wallace.

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The original source of the “stories” in this service is unknown. In their current form, their source is Annabelle Wallace and Darlene Eerkes. Unacknowledged copyright attribution will be corrected as soon as possible after we have received notification.

Good Friday Worship Song Sheet

When I survey the wondrous cross

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God; all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a offering far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Solo: When I survey the wondrous cross: Gregorian Chant, Lyrics by Isaac Watts © Integrity Music. Music purchased by Dayspring

What are these wounds in your hands

What are these wounds in your hands, dear Saviour? What are these wounds in your hands?

“These are the wounds with which I was wounded, here in the house of my friends.”

What are these wounds in your feet, dear Saviour? What are these wounds in your feet?

“These are the wounds with which I was wounded, here in the house of my friends.”

What are these wounds in your brow, dear Saviour? What are these wounds in your brow?

“These are the wounds with which I was wounded, here in the house of my friends.”

What are these wounds in your side, dear Saviour? What are these wounds in your side?

“These are the wounds with which I was wounded, here in the house of my friends.”

What are these wounds in your heart, dear Saviour? What are these wounds in your heart?

“These are the wounds with which I was wounded, here in the house of my friends.”

Words: Zecharih 16:6; paraphrase, Rae Whitney. © Selah Publishing Co. Inc. 1994. Music: Amanda Husberg © Selah Publishing Co. Inc. License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Jesus Remember me x 3

Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom, Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Words: Luke 23:42 public domain; Music: Jacques Berthier, Taizé Community © Les Presses de Taizé, 1981. Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications Inc. Reprinted with permission under One License, License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Were you there

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Were you there when they pierced him in the side? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Words: African-American traditional © public domain. Music: African American spiritual; arrang. Melva Costen © arrang. Melva Costen, 1990.

What wondrous love is this

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, That caused the Lord of bliss, To lay aside his crown, For my soul, for my soul, To lay aside his crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing,  To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great “I AM,” While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing!
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

 Words: American folk hymn © public domain. Music: Walkers Southern Harmony; harmony, Cantate Domino © World Council of Churches. License #A735555. All rights reserved, Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

 

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