Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday Service - 2009

We had a wonderful Good Friday service today at Westney Heights Baptist Church, where I serve as Theologian in Residence. It was expecially nice to sing older hymns with such tremendous theological content. We look forward to Easter Sunday morning when the choir will present a cantata. The tone of today's service was subdued but passionately grateful. Here is the Order of Service:

Call to Worship
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
O Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our maker! (Isa. 6:3, Ps.
Invocation Prayer
God Instructs Us Through His Word

Responsive Reading – Psalm 22:1-18
Hymn of Meditation – “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”
Responsive Reading – Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
Hymn of Meditation – “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”
Scripture Reading – John 19:16-37- Bruce Young
Sermon: The Doctrine of the Atonement as the Basis of Worship
Hymn – “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

God Strengthens and Nourishes Us Through His Body and Blood

The Call to the Table of the Lord
Call to Repentance – Isaiah 55:6-7
Responsive Confession of Sin – Psalm 51:1-12
Prayer of Confession
Hymn of Confession – “Just As I Am“
Assurance of Forgiveness – I John 1:9
The Bread and the Cup
Hymn of Commitment – “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?”
"And now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he who became the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting agreement between God and you, signed with his blood, produce in you through the power of Christ all that is pleasing to him. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21)

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