Saint Alban's Anglican Church

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Good Friday

04/18/2014 - Sunday Service

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Old Testament Lesson

Isaiah 52:13-53:12
52:13 See, my servant shall prosper;
   he shall be exalted and lifted up,
   and shall be very high.
14 Just as there were many who were astonished at him
   -so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,
   and his form beyond that of mortals-
15 so he shall startle many nations;
   kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which had not been told them they shall see,
   and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

53:1 Who has believed what we have heard?
   And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
   and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
   nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by others;
   a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
   he was despised, and we held him of no account.

4 Surely he has borne our infirmities
   and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
   struck down by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
   crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
   and by his bruises we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
   we have all turned to our own way,
and the LORD has laid on him
   the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
   yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
   and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
   so he did not open his mouth.
8 By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
   Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
   stricken for the transgression of my people.
9 They made his grave with the wicked
   and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
   and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
   he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the LORD shall prosper.
11   Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
   The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
   and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
   and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
   and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
   and made intercession for the transgressors.


Psalm 22:1-11
1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry
    and from the words of my distress?
2O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
3Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
7All 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.""
9Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother''s breast.
10I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my
    mother''s womb.
11Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.

New Testament Lesson

Hebrews 10:1-25
10:1 Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who approach. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased being offered, since the worshippers, cleansed once for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sin? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
''Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
   but a body you have prepared for me;
6 in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings
   you have taken no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ""See, God, I have come to do your will, O God""
   (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).''
8 When he said above, ''You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sin-offerings'' (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, ''See, I have come to do your will.'' He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 10 And it is by God''s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, ''he sat down at the right hand of God'', 13 and since then has been waiting ''until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.'' 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,
16 ''This is the covenant that I will make with them
   after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
   and I will write them on their minds'',
17 he also adds,
''I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.''
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


John 18:1-40,19:1-37
18:1After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, ''For whom are you looking?'' 5They answered, ''Jesus of Nazareth.'' Jesus replied, ''I am he.'' Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6When Jesus said to them, ''I am he'', they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7Again he asked them, ''For whom are you looking?'' And they said, ''Jesus of Nazareth.''8Jesus answered, ''I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.'' 9This was to fulfil the word that he had spoken, ''I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.'' 10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest''s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave''s name was Malchus. 11Jesus said to Peter, ''Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?''

12So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. 13First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.

15Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. 17The woman said to Peter, ''You are not also one of this man''s disciples, are you?'' He said, ''I am not.'' 18Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing round it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.

19Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20Jesus answered, ''I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.'' 22When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, ''Is that how you answer the high priest?'' 23Jesus answered, ''If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?'' 24Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

25Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, ''You are not also one of his disciples, are you?'' He denied it and said, ''I am not.'' 26One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, ''Did I not see you in the garden with him?'' 27Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.

28Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate''s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. 29So Pilate went out to them and said, ''What accusation do you bring against this man?'' 30They answered, ''If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.'' 31Pilate said to them, ''Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.'' The Jews replied, ''We are not permitted to put anyone to death.'' 32(This was to fulfil what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)

33Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ''Are you the King of the Jews?'' 34Jesus answered, ''Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?'' 35Pilate replied, ''I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?'' 36Jesus answered, ''My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.'' 37Pilate asked him, ''So you are a king?'' Jesus answered, ''You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.'' 38Pilate asked him, ''What is truth?''

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, ''I find no case against him. 39But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?'' 40They shouted in reply, ''Not this man, but Barabbas!'' Now Barabbas was a bandit.

19:1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. 3They kept coming up to him, saying, ''Hail, King of the Jews!'' and striking him on the face. 4Pilate went out again and said to them, ''Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.'' 5So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, ''Here is the man!'' 6When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, ''Crucify him! Crucify him!'' Pilate said to them, ''Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.'' 7The Jews answered him, ''We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.''

8Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. 9He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, ''Where are you from?'' But Jesus gave him no answer. 10Pilate therefore said to him, ''Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?'' 11Jesus answered him, ''You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.'' 12From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, ''If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.''

13When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge''s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. 14Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, ''Here is your King!'' 15They cried out, ''Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!'' Pilate asked them, ''Shall I crucify your King?'' The chief priests answered, ''We have no king but the emperor.'' 16Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus; 17and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 18There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, ''Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.'' 20Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ''Do not write, ""The King of the Jews"", but, ""This man said, I am King of the Jews."" '' 22Pilate answered, ''What I have written I have written.'' 23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. 24So they said to one another, ''Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.'' This was to fulfil what the scripture says,
''They divided my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots.''
25And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother''s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ''Woman, here is your son.'' 27Then he said to the disciple, ''Here is your mother.'' And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

28After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfil the scripture), ''I am thirsty.'' 29A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ''It is finished.'' Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. 32Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. 35(He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) 36These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, ''None of his bones shall be broken.'' 37And again another passage of scripture says, ''They will look on the one whom they have pierced.''



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