Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.
Minister: Rev. James Feairs, B. A., M. Div., Retired Supply.
Organist & Choir Leader: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers.
Livestreaming and song leader: Shawn Pearce-Chambers.
April 10, 2020 Good Friday Service
*We apologize for the sideways video, we had a technical issue that day.
THE SOLEMN OBSERVANCE OF GOOD FRIDAY
Call to Worship: Isaiah 52:13 – God’s Suffering Servant
Prayer and Confession
Words of Assurance
THE WAY OF THE CROSS
Reading: Matthew 26:31- 46. Night in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Matthew 27:11-22. The Roman governor gives the people what they want.
Matthew 27:32-40. Jesus is crucified.
Matthew 27:45-56. Jesus dies.
Matthew 27:57-61. The body of Jesus is put in a tomb.
Message: “Friday’s here, but Sunday’s comin’.”
GOD’S PEOPLE WAIT IN PRAYER AND HOPE
Song: O Sacred Head (145)
Prayer for Good Friday.
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
April 8/2020 – Holy Week Bible Study
For Friends and Members of Eldad-Hampton United Churches,
Folks, the week in which we observe the central event of our Christian faith is here again, and, uniquely in our experience, we cannot be together to celebrate because of pandemic restrictions.
How might our current conditions help us reflect on our scriptures this week?
Please take time to actually answer the questions. Ask each other, if you are in a household or have a phone handy to reach someone else for whom this is an important time in their faith.
Please read Matthew 27:45-56. The death of Jesus.
1] Can you remember a time when you felt alone in a new way?
2] Have you had an experience of wanting to help someone but having to stand back?
Verse 45: “My God, my God…”
Background: This is the first line of Psalm 22. How does it end?
Is Jesus’ cry one of forsakenness or of faith?
Could it be both?
Reflect: At what point in my own troubles do I usually turn to God?
Please read Matthew 28:1-10. The Resurrection.
1]What is the most scared I have ever been?
2] The most excited?
Matthew repeatedly (27:56,61; 28:1) mentions several faithful women.
They stay at the epicenter of the grief. They bear the bad news, not knowing that there will be good news. They become first to hear the good news.
1] During this time of pandemic, what, to me, would be one sign of good news?
2] How does my faith in the risen Jesus Christ help me, and others, in difficult times?
Prayer: O God, uphold people who are working right now in the midst of much grief and bad news. Grant them signs of hope. Amen.
Blessings as we prepare and worship! – Rev. Jim