Good Friday reflections 20/04/2019

Our Easter celebrations continued tonight as we shared Good Friday reflections led by Commissioners Janine and Robert Donaldson (IHQ).

To prepare us for our Good Friday service the songsters and the band shared several items. The band played the hymn tune Horsley which we associate the words:

There is a green hill far away,
outside a city wall,
where our dear Lord was crucified
who died to save us all.

We then played the trombone feature, From That Sacred Hill (Dick Krommenhoek).

On Calvary’s tree the King of Glory languished,
Held, not by nails, but by undying love,
Sin’s debt to pay, the sting of death remove,
Boundless cleansing to provide,
Mercy’s gate open wide.

From that sacred hill
Hope is gleaming still;
Thy shame and grief he bore;
Go in peace, sin no more.

Commissioner Robert’s theme tonight was Cross Culture. Just as many things were said and done that first Easter that contradicted God’s teachings, so the same can be said of the world today. We were therefore encouraged to make Calvary real to us, so that we can stand out in the world.

Lord, make Calvary real to me;
Lord, make Calvary real to me,
Open mine eyes to see victory in Christ for me;
Lord, make Calvary real to me.

During worship the band played a lovely arrangement of the song To Thy Cross I Come (Ivor Bossanko arr. Olaf Ritman):

To thy cross I come, Lord,
There for me is room, Lord,
Poor unworthy me, even me.
Pardon every sin, Lord,
Place thy power within, Lord,
Then I from this hour will follow thee

At the end of worship we played Paul Drury‘s arrangement of the song Such Love:

Such love, pure as the whitest snow
Such love, weeps for the shame I know
Such love, paying the debt I owe
O Jesus, such love

Such love, stilling my restlessness
Such love, filling my emptiness
Such love, showing me holiness
O Jesus, such love

Such love, springs from eternity
Such love, streaming through history
Such love, fountain of life to me
O Jesus, such love

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