Good Friday Online Service
Traditionally a Good Friday service often involves a series of seven lessons and music, often depicting the seven words Jesus spoke from the cross. We are partnering with Christ Lutheran Church in Juneau, Alaska and Pastor Cale Mead to do a joint online service this year. Below are a series of seven devotions that show us how in his sacrifice Jesus makes “All things new!”
Take time with your family or on your own to work through the meditations on your own time. You can look up the readings on Bible Gateway by clicking on the red links of the lessons below or in your Bible. Or feel free to say a prayer after each devotion. Good Friday is a time we stand before the cross and see what God’s love for us looks like as he makes all things new!
Part 1: What was necessary (Isaiah 52:13-53:7)
Pastor Cale Mead talks about what kind of payment God required to take care of sin.
Optional Music: Koine “He Stood Before the Court” (Christian Worship: 115)
Part 2: The Old Covenant (Exodus 12:1-14)
Pastor Cortright shares how God’s covenant with Israel demands a blood sacrifice that point to the true Passover lamb Jesus. The second candle is extinguished.
Part 3: A Promise for something new (Jeremiah 31:27-34)
Pastor Mead shows us God’s promise–a new promise with his people after the old one had failed.
Optional Music: Koine “My Song is Love Unknown” (Christian Worship: 110)
Part 4: Once for All (Hebrews 10:1-10)
Pastor Qiang Wang teaches us the simple truth–Jesus came to pay for sins once for all. The fourth candle is extinguished.
Part 5: A New Covenant (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
Pastor Cortright reminds us of the new covenant Jesus made with us giving us a sacrament for the forgiveness of sins. The fifth candle is extinguished.
Part 6: Once for All (John 19:17-30)
Pastor Mead discusses our role in the new covenant in Jesus blood and how God kept all his promises for something new on that first Good Friday.
Optional Music: Stuart Townend “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”
Part 7: This isn’t the End (Isaiah 53:8-12) + A Closing Prayer
Pastor Cortright closes our online Good Friday worship reminding us that the tomb is not the end of Jesus’ story. The seventh candle stays lit, reminding us that Jesus’ story does not end in the tomb and pointing us to the hope of resurrection on Easter.