Good Friday Message by Mother Donna Steckline 4/10/2020 .
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Delivered By
The Reverend Donna Steckline
Delivered On
April 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM
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Christ Church

Gilbertsville, New York

 

“We will demonstrate God’s unconditional love and forgiveness daily, following the example of His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

On this day the ministers enter in silence.

 

All then kneel for silent prayer, after which the Celebrant stands and begins the liturgy with the Collect of the Day.

 

Immediately before the Collect, the Celebrant may say

 

Blessed be our God.

People For ever and ever. Amen.

 

Let us pray.

 

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Please be seated for the reading of God’s word

The first reading is from the book of Isaiah 52:13-53:12

See, my servant will prosper;
he will be highly exalted.
But many were amazed when they saw him.
His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.

And he will startle many nations.
Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.

Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
he was led away.[
e]
No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.[
f]
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man’s grave.

But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all their sins.

I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

Reader: The Word of The Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God

 

Psalm 22

 

Antiphon: “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.”

 

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *

and are so far from my cry

and from the words of my distress?

 

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *

by night as well, but I find no rest.

 

3 Yet you are the Holy One, *

enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

 

4 Our forefathers put their trust in you; *

they trusted, and you delivered them.

 

5 They cried out to you and were delivered; *

they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

 

6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *

scorned by all and despised by the people.

 

7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; *

they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

 

8 “He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; *

let him rescue him, if he delights in him.”

 

9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *

and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

 

10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *

you were my God when I was still in my

mother’s womb.

 

11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *

and there is none to help.

12 Many young bulls encircle me; *

strong bulls of Bashan surround me.

 

13 They open wide their jaws at me, *

like a ravening and a roaring lion.

 

14 I am poured out like water;

all my bones are out of joint; *

my heart within my breast is melting wax.

 

15 My mouth is dried out like a pot‑sherd;

my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *

and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.

 

16 Packs of dogs close me in,

and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *

they pierce my hands and my feet;

I can count all my bones.

 

17 They stare and gloat over me; *

they divide my garments among them;

they cast lots for my clothing.

 

18 Be not far away, O Lord; *

you are my strength; hasten to help me.

 

19 Save me from the sword, *

my life from the power of the dog.

 

20 Save me from the lion’s mouth, *

my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.

 

21 I will declare your Name to my brethren; *

in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

 

22 Praise the Lord, you that fear him; *

stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;

all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.

23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;

neither does he hide his face from them; *

but when they cry to him he hears them.

 

24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; *

I will perform my vows in the presence of those who

worship him.

 

25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,

and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: *

“May your heart live for ever!”

 

26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to

the Lord, *

and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.

 

27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; *

he rules over the nations.

 

28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down

in worship; *

all who go down to the dust fall before him.

 

29 My soul shall live for him;

my descendants shall serve him; *

they shall be known as the Lord’s for ever.

 

30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *

the saving deeds that he has done.

 

Antiphon: “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.”

The second reading is from Hebrews 10:16-25

“This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”

Then he says,

“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”

And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Reader: The Word of The Lord

Response: Thanks be to God

Sequence Hymn: G 315 - Were You There?

You’re invited to stand

 

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 18:1-19:42

 

The customary responses before and after the Gospel are omitted.

After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees. Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples. The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.

Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.

“Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.

I am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said I am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”

And again they replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.”

“I told you that I am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.” He did this to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.”

Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”

So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up. First they took him to Annas, since he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest at that time. Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders, “It’s better that one man should die for the people.”

Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus. Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in. The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that man’s disciples, are you?”

“No,” he said, “I am not.”

Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.

Inside, the high priest began asking Jesus about his followers and what he had been teaching them. 20 Jesus replied, “Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the people gather. I have not spoken in secret. Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.”

Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded.

Jesus replied, “If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?”

Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.”

But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.

Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover. So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, “What is your charge against this man?”

“We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” they retorted.

“Then take him away and judge him by your own law,” Pilate told them.

“Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone,” the Jewish leaders replied. (This fulfilled Jesus’ prediction about the way he would die.[g])

Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him.

Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?”

“Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?”

But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)

Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.

Pilate went outside again and said to the people, “I am going to bring him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find him not guilty.” Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!”

When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

“Take him yourselves and crucify him,” Pilate said. “I find him not guilty.”

The Jewish leaders replied, “By our law he ought to die because he called himself the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this, he was more frightened than ever. He took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave no answer. “Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?”

Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”

Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, “If you release this man, you are no ‘friend of Caesar.’Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.”

When they said this, Pilate brought Jesus out to them again. Then Pilate sat down on the judgment seat on the platform that is called the Stone Pavement (in Hebrew, Gabbatha). It was now about noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. And Pilate said to the people, “Look, here is your king!”

“Away with him,” they yelled. “Away with him! Crucify him!”

“What? Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the leading priests shouted back.

Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.

Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”

Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice[l] for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was Passover week). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also may continue to believe. These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “They will look on the one they pierced.”

Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

The Sermon: The Reverend Donna Steckline

 

Hymn: G 320 - Beneath the Cross of Jesus

The Solemn Collects

 

All standing, the Deacon, or other person appointed, says to the people

 

Dear People of God: Our heavenly Father sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved; that all who believe in him might be delivered from the power of sin and death, and become heirs with him of everlasting life.

 

We pray, therefore, for people everywhere according to their needs.

 

Let us pray for the holy Catholic Church of Christ

throughout the world;

 

For its unity in witness and service

For all bishops and other ministers

and the people whom they serve

For Michael and William, our Bishops, and all the people of this diocese

For all Christians in this community

 

 

That God will confirm his Church in faith, increase it in love, and preserve it in peace.

 

Silence

 

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Let us pray for all nations and peoples of the earth, and for those in authority among them;

 

For Donald Trump, the President of the United States

For the Congress and the Supreme Court

For the Members and Representatives of the United Nations

For all who serve the common good

 

 

That by God’s help they may seek justice and truth, and live in peace and concord.

 

Silence

 

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your dominion may increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your

love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body or in mind;

For the hungry and the homeless, the destitute

and the oppressed

For the sick, the wounded, and the crippled

For those in loneliness, fear, and anguish

For those who face temptation, doubt, and despair

For the sorrowful and bereaved

For prisoners and captives, and those in mortal danger

 

That God in his mercy will comfort and relieve them, and grant them the knowledge of his love, and stir up in us the will and patience to minister to their needs.

 

Silence

 

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus

Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Let us pray for all who have not received the Gospel of Christ;

 

For those who have never heard the word of salvation

For those who have lost their faith

For those hardened by sin or indifference

For the contemptuous and the scornful

For those who are enemies of the cross of Christ and persecutors of his disciples

For those who in the name of Christ have persecuted others

 

That God will open their hearts to the truth, and lead them to faith and obedience.

Silence

 

Merciful God, creator of all the peoples of the earth and lover of souls: Have compassion on all who do not know you as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ; let your Gospel be preached with grace and power to those who have not heard it; turn the hearts of those who resist it; and bring home to your fold those who have gone astray; that there may be one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Let us commit ourselves to our God, and pray for the grace of a holy life, that, with all who have departed this world and have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to God alone, we may be accounted worthy to enter into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, and receive the crown of life in the day of resurrection.

 

Silence

 

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being

raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The large wooden cross will be brought to the stairs and each person is encouraged to come forward and nail their sins to the cross.

 

Hymn: G 321 - When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Anthem 1

 

We glory in your cross, O Lord,

and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;

for by virtue of your cross

joy has come to the whole world.

 

May God be merciful to us and bless us,

show us the light of his countenance, and come to us.

 

Let your ways be known upon earth,

your saving health among all nations.

 

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.

 

We glory in your cross, O Lord,

and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;

for by virtue of your cross

joy has come to the whole world.

 

 

Anthem 2

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;

if we endure, we shall also reign with him.

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

 

Anthem 3

 

O Savior of the world,

who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us:

Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

 

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The service concludes with the following prayer. No blessing or dismissal is added.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Please attempt to maintain silence as you leave and even until after you have entered your vehicles and ponder on our Lord’s Passion for us.

 

Bulletin Notices:

 

 

April 10, 2020

Good Friday

April 12, 2020

Easter Sunday

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Acts 10:34-43

 

Psalm 22

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

 

Hebrews 10:16-25

Colossians 3:1-4

 

John 18:1-19:42

Matthew 28:1-10

 

         

 

 

Vestry Meetings: are held on the third Sunday of the month after coffee hour.

Next meets: TBD

 

Holy Week: We continue to change the Altar hangings as per usual, so the altar will be stripped Thurs. for Good Friday and we will see the stark emptiness visibly as we feel this with the loss of our Savior on the cross. Then we will change the hangings for Easter on Saturday morning. If you would like your Easter Foods blessed, please contact Mtr. Donna at 783-2878.

 

Easter Flowers: we will NOT be able to gather for our Easter services as planned, however once we have the ‘all clear’ we will gather for a jubilant celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Please send your flower donations annotating clearly, who you would like remembered.

 

 

Christ Church Weekly Homily and Bulletin:

 

Fill your spiritual cup - each Sunday morning, Mother Donna’s Homily and the weekly Bulletin will be sent via e-mail, posted to Christ Church website and announced with link on our Facebook page.

 

If you have trouble opening the attachments in the e-mail, to listen to Mother Donna's homily and view bulletin:

  1. Go to our website: https://christchurchgville.org/
  2. Click on the Sermons tab
  3. Click on "Mother Donna's Homily for the appropriate date for the sermon you wish to hear.”
  4. Click on the attachment for bulletin

 

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