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At the Foot of the Cross - Good Friday 2021

Listen to the meditations below or read them here (or do both).

 

Order of Service

Reading of John Chapter 19.

Organ: 3 verses of ‘Be still and know that I am God’.

‘1.Be still and know that I am God.
 2.I am the Lord that healeth thee.
 3. In thee O Lord do I put my trust.’

First spoken meditation followed by time of silence for personal meditation/reflection.

Organ: 2 verses of ‘And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Saviour’s blood?’

‘And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God,
shouldst die for me?

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.’

1 Corinthians 1: 18-25.

Second spoken meditation followed by time of silence for personal meditation/reflection.

Organ: 2 verses of ‘It is a thing most wonderful almost to wonderful to be.’

‘It is a thing most wonderful,
almost too wonderful to be,
that God's own Son should come from heaven,
and die to save a child like me.

I cannot tell how He would love
a child so weak and full of sin;
His love must be most wonderful,
if He could die my love to win.’

John 19: 31-37

Third spoken meditation followed by time of silence for personal meditation/reflection.

Organ: 2 verses of ‘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.

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

Final prayer.

Organ play as we leave in silence.

(I have compiled these meditations after reading the book ‘A Cross in the Heart of God’ written by Samuel Wells. Samuel Wells is Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London. What I have to say today is but a small snapshot of his whole message and I would certainly recommend the book to you for further reading and contemplation. DS).

 

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