Friday, 19 April 2019 – Good Friday, Year C

Here are the resources you need for Good Friday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs.

Altar colour: Black or bare

Orders of service:

You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

Good Friday Word and Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
The second service: Good Friday (word) An order of service with communion
Good Friday Service of the Word (word / ppt)

Notes on the Procession of the Cross


The following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading:

Based on the Second Reading:  Pr Stephen van der Hoeksermon – hebrews 10 17-25 – good friday
Based on the GospelPr Vince Gerhardy; sermon – year a – good friday ; sermon – john 19 1-24 – year b – good friday ; sermon – john 19 17-30 – year a b c – good fridayPr Peter Ghalayini


Opening Sentences

God forbid that I should boast of anything
but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In him is salvation, life, and resurrection from the dead;
by him we are redeemed and set free.
May God be gracious to us and bless us,
and make his face shine upon us.
(Gal 6:14 REB, Ps 67:1 NIV – Church Rites, p283)


Jesus loved his own who were in the world,
and he loved them to the end.  (John 13:1 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following

Almighty God,
look graciously on this your family,
for whom our Lord Jesus Christ
was willing to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners
and to suffer death upon the cross;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with the you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty God,
look mercifully on your family,
for whom our Lord Jesus Christ
was willing to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners,
and to suffer death on the cross.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with the you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray that we accept the cross of Christ. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
we thank you for bringing life and peace for us
through the shame, suffering, and death of your Son.
Teach us to boast about nothing
but the cross of Christ,
and be willing to suffer gladly for his sake.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address: Good Friday

Bible readings:
FIRST READING Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 The Suffering Servant of God (fourth ‘Servant Song’)
PSALM Psalm 22 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Hebrews 10:16-25 Jesus, our priest and sacrifice
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 Jesus, our great high priest


The rite suggests that a hymn may be sung at this point. Alternatively, one of the following verses may be said or sung.

Christ humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name that is above every name.  (Phil 2:8,9 NRSV)


You were killed, and by your death you bought people for God,
from every tribe, language, nation and race.  (Rev 5:9b TEV)

GOSPEL John 18:1 – 19:42 The passion according to St John (This long gospel reading can be read by several readers. A dialogue form of this reading with chorale verses can be found here.)

Printable Formatted Readings Word / PDF

Notes on the Readings


This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, Lamb of God).
Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ,
for completing our salvation on the cross.
Help us always to trust in your atoning death.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Bidding prayerGood Friday



The seasonal preface given below is a modernised text recommended for use by the Department of Liturgics with all forms of the liturgy.

It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
On the tree of the cross he gave salvation to all,
so that, where death began,
there life might be restored,
and that the enemy,
who by a tree once overcame,
might by a tree be overcome.
And so, with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we adore and praise your glorious name:


Before the distribution, this invitation may be spoken.

Every time we eat this bread and drink from this cup
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.


Even if communion is celebrated, there is no post-communion canticle at this service. Once the communicants have been dismissed, the final prayer is said.


Lord our God,
send down your rich blessing on us
as we remember
the suffering and death of your Son.
Grant us pardon and comfort,
so that we may be assured of our eternal salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Almighty God,
whose Son suffered death on the cross,
before he was enthroned in glory:
Grant that as we walk with him
on the way of the cross,
we may find it to be
the way of pardon and peace and life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Instead of the blessing, the service ends abruptly with the ministers leaving in silence after the concluding sentences:

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


It is inappropriate to include any vocal announcements at any point before, after, or during this service. Necessary announcements may be printed on the service sheets or posted on notices at the door. If it is necessary to make a vocal announcement (of welcome, Easter services etc) it should be well before the beginning of the service, so that at least five minutes’ silence is allowed in the church before the service begins.



On this day, all banners, pictures and statues, including crucifixes, are generally removed or shrouded with black or linen cloth. Use black or purple cloth to decorate the church. If there is a large cross as the focal point of the sanctuary, it may be draped in black or purple.

A large crown of thorns may be displayed, and perhaps one or two other strongly symbolic items of the crucifixion such as large nails or spear.

You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year, curated by the Department of Visual Arts.

Good Friday PPT Slides: General / Traditional / Modern
Good Friday PPT Slides formatted for older versions of PPT: General / Traditional / Modern

Simply download your preferred slides and copy the liturgy and songs into each slide.

Other visual art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:


Play scripts and scores for Easter and Christmas plays and a range of skits may be downloaded at a small cost from Our Saviour Lutheran Church Aberfoyle Park.

There are a number of websites where you can source good quality short films for use in worship service, including: The Skit Guys


Song/Hymn suggestions:
* =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

Use music carefully on Good Friday. Do not use it as a gap-filler. Periods of silence, when intentional, should proliferate. Many actions that might normally be accompanied by music may be done in silence, such as entering and leaving the church and during the distribution and reception of holy communion. If the over-riding atmosphere of Good Friday is one of silence, then at those points where music is employed, it will have an altogether greater effect.

First reading: Isaiah 52 :13 – 53:12

48    Lamb of God most holy* G5
55    O dearest Jesus* G4 (mod TIS 337)
57    A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth (v 1)* G5
58    O world, see thy Life languish * G3 (mod TIS 338)
60    Christ, the life of all the living (tune 478) G5
66    Go, my soul, to Calvary G5
70    Stricken, smitten and afflicted* G3
73    Go to dark Gethsemane* (tune 170) G5
81    O perfect life of love!* G5
84    There is a green hill far away G5
156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver (v 4)* G3 (mod TIS 208)


22    He was wounded
261    The Servant King
347    O dearest Jesus


208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour (v 4)
249    No weight of gold or silver
337    O dearest Jesus
338    See, world, your life suspended
350    There is a green hill far away

Second reading (a): Hebrews 10:16-25

65    Lord Jesus, we give thanks to Thee* G5
67    And can it be that I should gain (vv 1,3,4) (tune Sagina TIS 209)
173    Before the throne of God above G5
282    Draw nigh, and take the body of the Lord* G5 (mod TIS 498)
325    Approach, my soul, the mercy seat G5
859    Seek, O seek the Lord


217    Shine, Jesus, shine
345    Nothing but the blood


209    And can it be that I should gain (vv 1,3,5)
219    Jesus comes with all his grace
464    Seek, O seek the Lord
498    Draw near and take the body of our Lord
542    Far beyond our mind’s grasp
675    Lord, the light of your love

Second reading (b): Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

73    Go to dark Gethsemane (v 1)* G5
81    O perfect life of love * G5
173    Before the throne of God above G5


171    Dying, you destroyed our death
185    Jesus, Son of God and man


205    Join all the glorious names (vv 8,9)
206    With joy we meditate the grace
235    A man there lived in Galilee
374    Entered the holy place above
377    Where high the heavenly temple stands

Gospel: John 18:1 – 19:42

49    Alone Thou goest forth, O Lord G5 Prayer
50    Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle Praise
51    Let Thy blood in mercy poured* G5 Prayer
52    O sacred head, now wounded* G6 Prayer (mod TIS 339)
53    Jesus, refuge of the weary* G3 Prayer
54    When I survey the wondrous cross G5 Praise (see TIS 342)
55    O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken* G4 Meditation (mod TIS 337)
58    O world, see thy Life languish* G3 Meditation (mod TIS 338)
59    Jesus, I will ponder now* G8 Meditation
60    Christ, the life of all the living (tune 478)* G5 Praise
62    My song is love unknown G5 (alt tune LHS A8, G8) Praise (see TIS 341)
63    O darkest woe! Meditation
65    Lord Jesus, we give thanks to Thee* G5 Prayer
66    Go, my soul, to Calvary G5 Meditation
69    Glory be to Jesus* G6 Praise (see TIS 344)
70    Stricken, smitten and afflicted* G3 Meditation
71    Come to Calvary’s holy mountain* G5 Meditation
73    Go to dark Gethsemane* (tune 170) G5 Meditation
75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5 Praise (mod TIS 347)
78    Jesus, who for my transgression G6 Praise
79    Lord Jesus, when we stand afar G8 Prayer
80    Praise to the Holiest in the height G8 Praise (mod TIS 141)
81    O perfect life of love!* G5 Meditation
82    Jesus, in Thy dying woes (Parts V,VI) G5 Prayer
84    There is a green hill far away G5 Meditation (see TIS 350)
85    According to Thy gracious word G5 Meditation
620    O dearest Lord, Thy sacred head G6 Prayer
752    A purple robe, a crown of thorns Meditation
754    Jesus dying on the cross
758    The royal banners forward go G8 Meditation (see TIS 332)


125    Man more than man Praise
139    Christ humbled himself
143    Jesus dying on the cross
245    You are the prisoner Meditation
335    You rode into Jerusalem (vv 4-7) Meditation
338    In a dusty old place (v 4) Meditation
347    O dearest Jesus Meditation
387    Jesus, remember me


141    Praise to the Holiest in the height
331    Sing, my tongue Praise
332    The royal banners forward go Meditation
334    At the cross her vigil keeping Meditation
335    To Christ the Prince of peace Praise
337    O dearest Jesus Meditation
338    See, world, your life suspended Meditation
339    O sacred head Praise
340    Before the cock crew Prayer
341    My song is love unknown Praise
342    When I survey the wondrous cross Praise
343    Nature with open volume stands Praise
344    Glory be to Jesus Praise
345    Were you there? Meditation
347    We sing the praise Praise
350    There is a green hill Meditation
352    O dearest Lord, thy sacred head Meditation
354    O Jesus crucified Meditation
355    Man more than man Meditation
502    Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast Prayer
515    According to thy gracious word


22    He was wounded
27     Lord of the dance
139    Christ humbled himself
143    Jesus dying on the cross
261    From heaven you came (Servant Song)
335    And we stood right there
345    Nothing but the blood
347    O dearest Jesus
387    Jesus, remember me
449    Walk him along
451    Saviour of the world

Psalm 22

TIS 9 All who see me deride me is based on this Psalm.

The following paraphrase of selected verses of Psalm 22 by David Schütz (altered) is sung to the tune Herzliebster Jesus (O dearest Jesus) (LH 55, ATO 347). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

My God, my God, why, why am I forsaken?
Why don’t you help me? Why will you not listen?
My God, by day I cry, but you don’t answer,
night brings no sleeping.

verses 3-5
Yet you are holy, ‘throned on Israel’s praises.
In you our fathers trusted, and you saved them.
To you they cried, you were the one who saved them.
You did not shame them.

verses 6-8
But I’m a worm, despised, no longer human;
scorned by the people, mocked by those who see me.
They sneer and tell me: ‘Trust in God to save you –
if you have pleased him.’

verses 9-11a
Yet it was you who from the womb, first brought me;
and since my birth, I clung to you for safety.
You’ve been my God, Lord, since my mother bore me:
Don’t be far from me!

verses 11b-14a
Trouble is near, and there is none to help me.
Like bulls, my foes all circle and surround me.
They bare their teeth and roar at me like lions –
my strength is failing!

verses 14b-15
Like water poured out, and like wax that’s melting,
my heart is breaking; all my bones disjointed,
my mouth is dry, my tongue is thick and swollen –
in death you lay me.

verses 16-18
Now come the wicked, who like dogs surround me;
My bones stick out; my hands and feet they’re piercing.
They stare and gloat; they share my clothes among them;
for them they gamble.

verses 19-22
Lord, don’t be far off! Quickly come to save me
from these wild lions, dogs who want to kill me!
Then I’ll proclaim your name to all my people:
with them I’ll praise you!

Music resources Vol 3- Psalm Settings: Psalm 22 p30 , Psalm 22 p32 , Psalm 22 p33 , Psalm 22 p34

While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms
by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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