HANOVER VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN BULLETIN
April 2, 2021
Call to Worship
Song of Christ
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father the turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen one
Bring many sons to glory.
Behold the man upon the cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished.
His dying breath has brought me life,
I know that it is finished.
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no pow’r, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.
Corporate Prayer of Confession
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. In the name and because of the work of Christ I pray. Amen
Words of Encouragement
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Death on a Friday Afternoon
Song of the Cross
Man of Sorrows
Man of Sorrows, Lamb of God, by His own betrayed
The sin of man and wrath of God has been on Jesus laid
Silent as He stood accused, beaten, mocked, and scorned
Bowing to the Father’s will, He took a crown of thorns
Chorus: Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out, hallelujah
Praise and honor unto Thee
Sent of heaven, God’s own Son to purchase and redeem
And reconcile the very ones who nailed Him to that tree Chorus
See the stone is rolled away, behold the empty tomb
Hallelujah, God be praised, He’s risen from the grave! Chorus
Invitation to the Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper, also called Communion or the Eucharist, is the family meal of Christians. We welcome all committed followers of Jesus Christ to partake of this sacrament; those who are baptized members of a congregation which proclaims the gospel, who are at peace with God and with their neighbor, and who seek strength to live more faithfully for Christ. If you are not a Christian, or if you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer.
Seven Last Words of Christ
It was the third hour when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals - one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
(John 19: 25-27)
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani,’” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Tonight we celebrate a Service of Tenebrae, which is an ancient tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. Tenebrae is a Latin word for Darkness or Shadows. During the service we will follow the dark road that Christ walked to bear our brokenness and sin. We meditate, through scripture and song, upon the events of the death of our Savior, helping us to prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Sunday morning. The room becomes darker as we progress and we exit in silence.
Man of Sorrows words and music Brooke Ligertwood | Matt Crocker© 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)) Used by Permission. CCLI License #1526697
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us words and music by Stuart Townend © 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Used by Permission. CCLI License #1526697
Jessi Adams - piano, vocals