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Worship – April 10

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Prelude and Welcome

Call to Worship

Come, you who are weary seeking places of rest.
Come, you who yearn for greater meaning and depth.
Come, you who suffer, longing for healing and hope.
Come, you who ponder the mystery and strange stillness of this day.
Come, let us make this Jesus-journey together
tethered to the One who is love.

We Sing: God Is Here Today

God is here today;
as certain as the air I breathe,
as certain as the morning sun that rises,
as certain when I sing you’ll hear my song.

© Words: From Mexico, tr C Michael Hawn, 1998.
All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-604444.


Reading from John 18

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance

We Sing: Be Still My Soul TiS 123

  1. Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
    bear patiently the cross of grief and pain.
    leave to your God to order and provide;
    in every change, he faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend
    through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

  2. Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
    and all is darkened in the vale of tears,
    then you shall better know his love, his heart,
    who comes to soothe your sorrow, calm your fears.
    Be still, my soul: your Jesus can restore
    the trust and hope that strengthened you before.

  3. Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
    when we shall be forever with the Lord,
    when disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
    sorrow forgotten, love’s pure joy restored.
    Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
    all safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Katharina von Schlegel 1697 – ? tr Jane Laurie Borthwich 1813-97 alt.
Music by permission Breitkopf und Hartel, Buch und Musik – Verlag


Reading from John 18

We Sing: O Sacred Head Sore Wounded TiS 339

  1. O sacred head sore wounded,
    with grief and shame weighed down;
    O kingly head surrounded
    with thorns your only crown;
    death’s shadows rise before you,
    the glow of life decays;
    yet hosts of heaven adore you
    and tremble as they gaze.

  2. What language shall I borrow
    to praise you, heavenly friend,
    for this your dying sorrow,
    your mercy without end?
    Such agony and dying!
    Such love to sinners free!
    O Christ, all grace supplying,
    turn now your face on me.

  3. In this your bitter Passion,
    good Shepherd, think of me,
    look on me with compassion,
    unworthy though I be:
    beneath your cross abiding
    for ever would I rest,
    in your dear love confiding,
    and with your presence blessed.

  4. Lord, be my consolation,
    my shield when death is near;
    remind me of your Passion,
    be with me when I fear.
    My eyes shall then behold you,
    upon your cross shall dwell,
    my heart by faith enfold you;
    and who dies thus, dies well.

Paul Gerhardt 1607-76 from Salve caput cruentatum. attrib. Bernard of Clairvaux 1091-1153,
tr. James Waddell Alexander 18-04-59 and others. Public Domain.

Musical Reflection


Reading from John 19

We Sing: My Song Is Love Unknown TiS 341

  1. My song is love unknown,
    my Saviour’s love to me,
    love to the loveless shown,
    that they might lovely be.
    O who am I
    that for my sake
    my Lord should take
    frail flesh, and die?

  2. Sometimes they strew his way
    and his sweet praises sing,
    resounding all the day
    hosannas to their King.
    Then ‘Crucify!’
    is all their breath
    and for his death
    they thirst and cry.

  3. Why, what has my Lord done?
    What makes this rage and spite?
    He made the lame to run,
    he gave the blind their sight.
    Sweet injuries!
    Yet they at these
    themselves displease,
    and ’gainst him rise.

Samuel Crossman 1624-84 alt. (Public Domain)

Prayers of Lament

Musical Reflection: Fragile


Reading from John 19

We Sing: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross TiS 342

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?.

  4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    that were a present far too small:
    love so amazing, so divine
    demands my soul, my life, my all.

Isaac Watts 1674-1748. Public Domain.


Musical Reflection: I Choose Love

Reaffirmation of Baptism

During this time, you are invited to take your cup of water and reaffirm your baptism. At your baptism, you received the blessing and challenge of Christ’s cross. Mark your forehead with water in the sign of the cross, reminding you of your baptism.

As you do this, you are invited to use the following words:
Remembering my baptism, I take upon myself the cross of Christ and follow in his way. I choose love.


Reading from John 19

As Jesus’ death is incomplete without his resurrection, this service has no conclusion until Easter Sunday.

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For more information on the Lenten theme of Tethered to God: I choose love… check out the post.

5 Responses to “Worship – April 10”

  1. Irene Mills

    I truly enjoyed the service especially the sermon on isolation and the comparison to today as we are
    Thank you such a powerful message

  2. Edith Morton

    I feel truly moved, blessed and loved by the power of this presentation.

  3. Unity Hunt

    I found the service meaningful & I was able to sing along with the singing. The homily was powerful-thankyou.

  4. Julie-Anne Trease

    Thankyou Jenni and John for your work so humanly and divinely to bring the walk with God to us this way at this time. Thank you too, to all musicians, readers and all involved. Appreciated.


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