The Passion Gospel

Social Distance Worship at Good Friday, April 10, 2020 | John 18:1-19:42


What is the Passion Gospel?

“Passion” is a word the Church uses for the suffering, death, and burial of Jesus, and the Passion Gospel is a liturgy that tells the Apostle John’s account of these events through a responsive reading (to download the responsive reading, click on the button below). The liturgy also features prayers and recordings or worship songs from our regular services, and can be followed from the comforts of your home or any other place beyond the sanctuary.

May God bless you as you remember Christ’ journey to Calvary.

PASSION GOSPEL - RESPONSIVE READING

II. OPENING

(Listen in silent meditation or sing along)

Ubi caritas et amor,
Ubi caritas, Deus ibi est.

*Translation: Where charity is true, God is there.


III. Adoration

Prayer of Adoration

O Gracious and Living God, with Your many people around the world, I thank You for Your precious Son and praise You for His Passion. I bless Your holy name for the treachery Christ faced for us. I bless Your holy name for the mockery Christ endured for us. I bless Your holy name for the crown of thorns Christ wore for us. And I bless Your holy name for the cup of death Christ drank for us. Today, we cry with Him that it is truly finished, and through His humble sacrifice we see the depths of Your great love. Amen.

Song of Adoration (The God Of Abraham Praise)

The God of Abraham praise,
All praised by His name,
Who was, and is, and is to be,
And still the same.

The one Eternal God,
Ere aught that now appears;
The first, the last: beyond all thought
His timeless years!

His Spirit still flows free,
High surging where it will;
In prophet’s word He spoke of old
And He speaks still.

Established is His law,
And changeless it shall stand,
Deep writ upon the human heart,
On sea, or land.

He has eternal life
Implanted in the soul;
His love shall be our strength and way,
While ages roll.

Praise to the Living God!
All praised be His name
Who was, and is, and is to be,
And still the same!

Amen.


IV. Confession

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, out of goodness and love You gave Your Son to suffer the shame of the cross, and out of goodness and love He gave His life that all might live. Lord, save us from hardness of heart, that, seeing Him who died for us, we may repent, confess our sin, and receive Your overflowing love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(Confess in Silence)

Song of Confession (God Is So Good)

God is so good,
God is so good,
God is so good,

He’s so good to me.

He cares for me,
He cares for me,
He cares for me,

He’s so good to me.

I love Him so,
I love Him so,
I love Him so,

He’s so good to me.

Confession of Forgiveness

(Read this aloud)

I will tell of your name among Your people, O God;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise You:

You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify Him,
And stand in awe of Him, all you offspring of Israel!

For He has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted,
And He has not hidden his face from them,
But He has heard, when they cried to Him.

Song of Forgiveness (Were You There)

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?


V. The Passion Gospel

Part 1 (John 18-19:3)

Song of Suffering (O Sacred Head Now Wounded)

O sacred head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, Your only crown.

O sacred head, what glory
And blessing You have known!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I claim You as my own.

My Lord, what You did suffer
was all for sinner’s gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But Yours the deadly pain.

So here I kneel, my Savior,
For I deserve Your place;
Look on my with Your favor
And save me by Your grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank You, dearest Friend,
For this, Your dying sorrow,
Your pity without end?

Lord, make me Yours forever,
A loyal servant true,
And let me never, never
Outlive my love for You.

Part 2 (John 19:4-42)


VI. Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

My Lord Jesus, with all of those who honor You this day I pray that You would set Your passion, cross, and death between all judgment and our souls. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to Your holy Church peace and harmony; and to everything in the universe the hope of everlasting life. Thank You for the cross by which You were near to us in all our sins, and thank You for the Holy Spirit by which You are near to us in this time now. To You be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Song of Thanksgiving (Nearer My God To Thee)

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,

Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to Thee;
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;

Yet in my dreams I’d be
Nearer, my God, to Thee;
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

There let the way appear, steps unto heaven,
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy given;

Angels to beckon me
Nearer, my God, to Thee;
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;

So by my woes to be
Nearer, my God, to Thee;
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly,

Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to Thee;
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!


VII. Closing

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,
Forever and ever.

Amen.

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The concept of this service is © All Souls.