by Pastor Bobby Grossi of the Reno Church.
Good Friday is a bitter sweet day. We mourn the sin of sins in the unjust death of God in the flesh and at the same time rejoice that by his sufferings, we are healed.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions;he was crushed for our iniquities;upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,and with his wounds we are healed.”- Isaiah 53:5
Please consider fasting today. Fasting is skipping meals, taking the time and desire to eat and through prayer, directing that time and desire to God. We will have communion tonight at our services to end our fast.
Breakfast- “Draw near”
Lord Jesus Christ, you have promised never to forsake or leave us. Teach us day by day the deep rewards of faithful ministry and most of all help us to know always the reward of being near you.
Scripture reading- John 14:1-6
- For the church- Pray for boldness to proclaim Jesus
- For others- Pray for those who are far from Jesus to be drawn to him.
- For yourself- “With confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that you may receive mercy and find grace in your needs.” Hebrews 4:16
Benediction- Go forth into this day with the strong name of Jesus Christ to sustain you.
Lunch- “Follow me”
Almighty God, who sent Jesus to suffer and die for our sake, help us to count the cost of ministry, and by your grace to follow through suffering to joy and through death to resurrection. Through Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.
Scripture reading-John 12:23-32
- For the church- Pray for resolve to see the kingdom move forward in the face of adversity.
- For others- Pray for those you know to truly follow Jesus
- For yourself- Ask Jesus what areas you need to follow him. Take 10 minutes of silence and listen.
Benediction-May the God of all Grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5:10)
Before Good Friday services
Father, help me to understand the darkness of the day in which Jesus suffered for my sin; the tears, the whip, the crown, the spit, the mockery, the humiliation, the nails, the wrath. I acknowledge that it was my sin that put him there, my rebellion he suffered for, and though I was hostile to his love, he still set his face towards the cross. Thank you for going at such great lengths to save me. In the name above all names, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture reading- Mark 15:16-37 Read slowly and meditatively.
The Lord’s prayer“Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors.And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For yours is the kingdom, power, and glory forever.Amen.”