* God’s People Gather Together Isaiah 53:2-5
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. AMEN
Throned Upon the Awful Tree
The First Word – Forgiveness Luke 23:26-35
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
O Sacred Head Now Wounded Hymn 247
The Second Word – Redemption Luke 23:35-43
“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Prayer for the Redemption of the Nations
The Third Word – Covenant John 19:23-27
“Woman, behold your son! … Behold your mother!”
Man of Sorrows! What a Name Hymn 246
The Fourth Word – Substitution Matthew 27:45-54
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted
* Hymn 257 – Congregation Join on 4th Verse
Congregation join on 4th verse:
Here we have a firm foundation, here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the Rock of our salvation, his the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded who on him their hope have built.
The Fifth Word – Suffering John 19:28
Book of Psalms for Singing Psalm 22C
Prayer for Persecuted Church
The Sixth Word – Triumph John 19:30
“It is finished!”
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
The Seventh Word – Resolution Luke 23:44-49
“Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”
Leader: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Congregation: He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.
Leader: He poured out His soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors.
Congregation: Yet He bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for sinners.
* Congregational Response Hymn 247 Tune
Be near when I am dying, O show Thy cross to me;
And for my succor flying, Come, Lord, to set me free:
These eyes, new faith receiving, from Jesus shall not move;
For he who dies believing, dies safely through Thy love. AMEN