Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other


10 April, 2020


Mount Royal Mennonite/First Mennonite Church


Welcome                               Garth




A cradle and a cross

And between these – a life

Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

A birth and a death

A man of sorrows who often wept.

A man of joy who also laughed

A man of the people who practiced sensitivity and compassion.


Today let us feel the power of that life

The beauty of that love

The power of that cross.                             (T. Johnson – Touch Holiness, 60)


Gathering Words (Isaiah 53)

Come, behold the man of suffering.
We have come.
Come, look at his appearance.
We have come.
Come, gather around the cross to see him.
We have come.
Come, weep as the curtain falls
over the light of the world.
We have come.
We see.
We behold.
We weep.                     (Ministry Matters)


Opening Prayer


Song   HWB 250    Beneath the Cross of Jesus


1 Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty Rock
Within a weary land;
A home within the wilderness,
A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat,
And the burden of the day.

Upon that cross of Jesus
Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One,
Who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart, with tears,
Two wonders I confess,
The wonders of His glorious love,
And my unworthiness.


I take, O cross, thy shadow
For my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than
The sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by,
To know no gain nor loss,
My sinful self my only shame,
My glory all the cross.



Story for all ages                  Val


STATION 1        Preparations for Passover and Lord’s Supper           

Luke 22:7-13


Communion                                                                                                                                          Prayer of Confession                                                          

Merciful God, we have sinned in what we have thought and said, in the wrong we have done and in the good we have not done.  We have sinned in ignorance: we have sinned in weakness:  we have sinned through our own deliberate fault.  We are truly sorry. We repent and turn to you. Forgive us for our Saviour Christ’s sake, and renew our lives to the glory of your name.  Amen                                                                               (New Zealand Prayer Book)


Lord’s Prayer


Lord’s Supper


Song HWB 471 Eat this bread (vs.1)


Eat this bread; drink this cup.
Come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread; drink this cup.
Trust in me and you will not thirst.

We share Bread and Wine


STATION 2        Jesus prays in the garden  Luke 22:41-46

P:   Jesus, wake us from our sleep.

              Give us courage to face our fears.

              Strengthen us when we are weak.

              Teach us to prayerfully trust in you.  Amen.


STATION 3        Jesus is betrayed and arrested   Mark 14:43-46

P:   Jesus, we come proclaiming our love for you

                      in our prayers and worship.

              But often our words and outward show of affection

                      conceal hearts that easily turn from you.

              Forgive us.

              Help us to love you with our heart, mind,

                      body and soul.  Amen.



STATION 4        Peter denies knowing Jesus  

Matthew 26:69-75


P:   Jesus, we have promised to follow you,

              to serve you all the days of our life.

              But we have also denied you.

       We are sometimes afraid to speak the truth or acknowledge you when we are                                              with others.

       But you keep on loving us.

       We love you, too.  Amen.


HWB 530 (vs 1) What wondrous love is this


What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of bliss,
To bear the dreadful curse,
For my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.


STATION 5  Jesus is condemned by Pilate and takes up his cross    

Luke 23:13-15, 23-24; John 19.16-17


P:   Jesus, we have been threatened by crowds;

              sometimes we fear what those around us will say or do.

              Fill us with courage to speak the truth.

              Give us compassion for outcasts.

              And keep us close to you.  Amen.


HWB 530 (vs 2) What wondrous love is this


When I was sinking down,                                                                                                                    sinking down, sinking down,                                                                                                             When I was sinking down, sinking down,                                                                                    when I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,                                                                                  Christ laid aside His crown for my soul,  for my soul,                                                                   Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.


STATION 6        Jesus cares for his mother                    John 19-25-27


P:   Jesus, we are now your disciples.

              Join us together as sisters and brothers

                      who care for one another and for the world you love.

              May the Spirit work in us to enlarge our compassion

                      and share your life.  Amen.


HWB 530 (vs 3)   What wondrous love is this


To God and to the Lamb,                                                                                                                          I will sing, I will sing;                                                                                                                                  To God and to the Lamb I will sing.                                                                                                        To God and to the Lamb                                                                                                                    Who is the great I am;                                                                                                                              While millions join the theme,                                                                                                        I will sing, I will sing;                                                                                                                          While millions join the theme, I will sing.


STATION 7:  Jesus is crucified, dies and is buried      Luke 23:33-38; 44-47, 52-56

P:   Jesus, in this time of waiting may we not forget

                      that God’s promises are true.

              Life will come out of death.

              Grant us patience and strengthen our trust

                      as we wait for the revelation

                      of your power and glory.  Amen.





When I survey the wondrous cross         HWB 259


  1. When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.
  2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them through His blood.
  3. See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
  4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.



By his stripes we are healed.
By his wounds, we are made whole.
Go in the name of Jesus Christ
and live in the salvation made possible
by the Goodness of this Friday. Amen.


Soloist        HWB 257                  Were you there                                                Shelley

Christ Candle extinguished    


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