In case you are interested, here are the readings from our Good Friday service at Capitol City this week. We made an effort to shape the service to reflect the rhythm of the gospel. That means we began by focusing on our sin and sinfulness (guilt), moved to celebrate our justification and pardon before God through Christ (grace), before worshipping God for all that he is and all that he has done for us (gratitude). We used a reading to reflect each movement within that rhythm. I hope they bless you this Good Friday, or any day.
adapted from Psalm 51:1-12 (NIV)
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
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.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
adapted from “The Broken Heart” from The Valley of Vision
No day of my life has passed that has not proved me guilty in your sight.
My prayers have been uttered from a prayerless heart;
My praise has been a praiseless sound;
My best services are filthy rags.
Blessed Jesus, let me find comfort in your wounds,
Though my sins rise to heaven,
your merits soar above them.
Though unrighteousness weighs me down to hell,
your righteousness exalts me to your throne.
All things in me call for my rejection,
all things in you plead for my acceptance.
Grant me to hear your voice assuring me:
that by your wounds I am healed,
that you were crushed for our iniquities,
that my sins are all forgiven,
buried in the ocean of your redeeming blood.
I am guilty, but pardoned; lost, but saved,
wandering, but found; sinning, but cleansed.
Give me perpetual broken-heartedness.
Keep my always clinging to the cross.
adapted from “Calvary’s Anthem” from The Valley of Vision
You have led us singing to the cross
where we fling down all of our burdens and see them vanish,
where the mountains of our guilt leveled to a plain,
where our sins disappear, though they are the greatest that exist,
and are more in number than the grains of fine sand.
For there is power in the blood of Calvary
to destroy sins more than can be counted
The blood of the Lamb is like a great river of infinite grace
with never any diminishing of its fullness
as thirsty one without number drink of it.
Though our spiritual state is frail and poor,
we shall always go on singing the song of Calvary.