This is our order of worship from Good Friday, March 25, and Resurrection Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or listen to our playlist. )
Call to Worship:
You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold,
but with precious blood as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,
the blood of Christ.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NASB), Isaiah 53:1, 4-6 (ESV)
Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
O Sacred Head Now Wounded
The Power of the Cross
The Gospel Song
John 18 and 19
Worship at the Lord’s Table
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (first 3 verses)
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (4th verse)
Christ is Risen!
Response: He is risen indeed!
Come People Of the Risen King
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
In Christ Alone
Teaching of the Word: “Now Is the Son of Man Glorified” John 13:21-14:1
It Is Well
On Good Friday, among my Christian friends, a common post on Facebook is some variation of “It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming!” It’s a quote from this message which is a beautiful expression of what it would have been like on that Friday, yet looking back with the knowledge that all the grief would be wiped away on Sunday. I appreciate the hope that the message communicates. We don’t know on our worst days when our Sunday will come. But I wonder if those who are so quick to post the glib quote without the context of the rest of the message might be missing out on some important things.
If we skip over Friday and get right to Sunday, we don’t have to reflect on our sin as the cause for Friday. Good Friday gives us the opportunity to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us. For our sin. “It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished.” Good Friday gives us the opportunity to lament. The Psalms are full of lament but that’s a largely lost practice in most contemporary evangelical churches.
At our Good Friday service this evening we’ll be singing “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” but we’ll end at verse 3 which takes us through the crucifixion and we won’t sing verse 4 because it’s about the resurrection. Will it feel incomplete? Yes, it probably will. And that’s the point. We should leave tonight with a feeling of incompleteness and of longing.
If we skip right through Friday and Saturday we don’t have to figure out what to do with that awkward day between the remembrance of the cross and the glory of the resurrection. Saturday gives us opportunity to sit in the silence of God, knowing that even when God seems to be silent, He is not absent.
So let’s rejoice in the resurrection on Resurrection Sunday. But let’s not skip there too quickly. There are lessons to be learned in each day.