Good Friday

The service usually begins in silence. We kneel or sit for silent prayer.
Full audio is here.

The Collect of Good Friday

Read by Anne Blair Vincent

Lord Jesus Christ,
whose beauty was disfigured
and whose body was torn upon the cross;
open wide your arms
to embrace our tortured world,
that we may not turn away our eyes,
but abandon ourselves to your mercy.
All     Amen.

Old Testament reading – Isaiah 52:12-53

Read by Emma Waters
Isaiah 52: 12-53

This is the word of the Lord.
All     Thanks be to God.

Psalm 22:1-11

Read by Emma, Isabel, Grace and Kristian Waters

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
All     O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.

Yet you are holy, enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
All     In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.

To you they cried and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
All     But I am a worm, and not human; scorned by others, and despised by the people.

All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me; they shake their heads;
All     “Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver; let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”

Yet it was you that took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
All     On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God.

Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

New Testament reading – Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9

Read by Diane Lee
Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9

This is the word of the Lord.
All     Thanks be to God.

The Passion Gospel according to John

John 18 and 19

Veneration of the Cross

Of course this year we cannot reverence our large cross in church. Spend some time with a cross of your own, or the cross postcard from your Holy Week bag, as you listen to Bloch: Prayer from a Jewish Life.


Led by Revd Paul Child

God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Therefore we pray to our heavenly Father for people everywhere according to their needs.

Let us pray for the Church of God throughout the world:
for unity in faith, in witness and in service,
for bishops and other ministers, and those whom they serve,
for Paul & Sarah, our bishops, and the people of this diocese,
for all Christians in this place, together in spirit if not in body
for those seeking to be baptized,
for those who are mocked and persecuted for their faith,
that God will confirm his Church in faith,
increase it in love, and preserve it in peace.

Silence is kept.

Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
All                     Amen.

Let us pray for the nations of the world and their leaders:
for Elizabeth our Queen and the Parliaments of this land,
for those who administer the law and all who serve in public office,
for all who strive for justice and reconciliation,
that by God’s help the world may live in peace and freedom.

Silence is kept.

Most gracious God and Father,
in whose will is our peace,
turn our hearts and the hearts of all to yourself,
that by the power of your Spirit
the peace which is founded on justice
may be established throughout the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All                    Amen.

Let us pray for God’s ancient people, the Jews,
the first to hear his word;
for greater understanding between Christian, Jew and Muslim,
for the removal of our blindness and bitterness of heart,
that God will grant us grace to be faithful to his covenant
and to grow in the love of his name.

Silence is kept.

Lord God of Abraham,
bless all the children of your covenant,
and hasten the coming of your kingdom,
and we shall dwell together in mutual love and peace
under the one God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
All                    Amen.

Let us pray for those who do not believe the gospel of Christ:
for those who have not heard the message of salvation,
for all who have lost faith,
for those struggling to hold on to it in despair,
for the contemptuous and scornful,
for those who are enemies of Christ & persecute those who follow him,
for all who deny the faith of Christ crucified,
that God will open their hearts to the truth
and lead them to faith and obedience.

Silence is kept.

Merciful God,
creator of all the people of the earth,
have compassion on all who do not know you,
and by the preaching of your gospel with grace and power,
gather them into the one fold of the one Shepherd;
Christ our Lord.
All                    Amen.

Let us pray for all those who suffer:
for those who are deprived and oppressed,
for all who are sick,
for those in darkness, doubt or despair, in loneliness or in fear,
for prisoners, captives and refugees,
for the victims of false accusations and violence,
for all at the point of death and those who watch beside them,
that God in his mercy will sustain them
with the knowledge of his love.

Silence is kept.

Almighty and everlasting God,
the comfort of the sad, the strength of those who suffer:
hear the prayers of your children who cry out to you,
and to every distressed soul grant mercy, relief and refreshment,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All                    Amen.

Let us commend ourselves and all God’s children to his unfailing love,
and pray for the grace of a holy life,
that, with all who have died in the peace of Christ,
we may come to the fullness of eternal life
and the joy of the resurrection.

Silence is kept.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light:
let the whole world feel and see
that things which were cast down are being raised up,
things which had grown old are being made new
and that all things are returning to perfection
through him from whom they took their origin,
even Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
All                    Amen.


Sung by Paul and Christine Blakey

When I survey the wondrous cross
where the young Prince of Glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the cross of Christ, my God:
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

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?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
spreads o’er his body on the tree;
then am I dead to all the globe,
and all the globe is dead to me.

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.

The Lord’s Prayer

Led by Anne Blair Vincent & Bill Vincent

All     Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done;
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who 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.

Final Collect

Read by Bill Vincent

Eternal God,
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord

All     Amen.