Good Friday 2020 at 9.30am for reflections and prayers

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Opening Music 

Played by Andrea Board, Organist for Cowley parish church

Herzlich tut mich verlangen (O sacred head sore wounded) by JS Bach



O Lord, open our lips

Alland our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Let your ways be known upon the Earth,
Allyour saving power among the nations.

The Reproaches 

My people, what wrong have I done to you?

What good have I not done for you?

Listen to me.


I am your Creator, Lord of the universe;

I have entrusted this world to you,

but you have created the means to destroy it.

My people, what wrong have I done to you?

What good have I not done for you?

Listen to me.


I made you in my image,

but you have degraded body and spirit

and marred the image of your God.

You have deserted me and turned your backs on me.

My people, what wrong have I done to you?

What good have I not done for you?

Listen to me.


I filled the Earth with all that you need,

so that you might serve and care for one another,

as I have cared for you;

but you have cared only to serve your own wealth and power.

All   Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.


Let your bearing to one another arise out of your life in Christ Jesus.

He humbled himself

and in obedience accepted the death of the cross.

But I have bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Turn again, my people, listen to me.


All   Father, hear our prayer and forgive us.

Unstop our ears,

that we may receive the gospel of the cross.

Lighten our eyes,

that we may see your glory in the face of your Son.

Penetrate our minds,

that your truth may make us whole.

Irradiate our hearts with your love,

that we may love one another for Christ’s sake.

Father, forgive us.


Word of God 

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.b]">[b]

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.c]">[c]
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”

Yet you brought me out of the womb;
    you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
    from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

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


a time of silence






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 Rachel and Robert, our bishops, and the people of this diocese,

for all Christians in this place,

for those 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.

Lord, hear us.

All   Lord, graciously hear us.


The Collect for Good Friday

Almighty Father,

look with mercy on this your family

for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed

and given up into the hands of sinners

and to suffer death upon the cross;

who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All   Amen.


For hospital staff and medical researchers 

Gracious God, 

give skill, sympathy and resilience

to all who are caring for the sick, 

and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.

Strengthen them with your Spirit, 

that through their work many will be restored to health; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All   Amen.


A prayer of confidence in God

We are not people of fear: we are people of courage. 

We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours. 

We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.

We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs 

For as long as it takes wherever you call us. 

All   Amen.


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 who trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil,

For thine is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory,

For ever and ever,



Blessing for Good Friday

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All   Amen.


Closing music

Played by Andrea Board, Organist for Cowley parish church

Praeambulum supra Jesu, Meine Freude (Jesus, priceless treasure) by Johann Krebs

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