Benefice of Derwent Ings

Prayer Focus

April 2019

Amid the daffodils, chocolate eggs and cards it’s easy to forget the horror of Good Friday, or even what the cross on top of the hot buns stands for.

We need to remember – and spend time reflecting on – the fact that the one who gives all life chose to die for us; the one who was perfect took on himself all the weight and foulness of human sin; the King of glory endured the agony of a slave’s death; the one in whom is all hope found his perfect relationship with his Father broken so that our friendship with him could be restored.

Eternal God,
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet
all that we have
and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
from Common Worship, Good Friday liturgy

By Jesus’ resurrection, the power of sin and death is broken, and the eventual mending and perfection of all things in God’s promised new creation is guaranteed. We must seek to let those wonderful truths soak into every part of our lives; affecting how we think, feel and act.

O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered sin, put death to flight, and gave us the assurance of everlasting life.
Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive our sins, banish our fears, and make us bold to praise you and to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Episcopal Church of the USA

Because of our sins he was handed over to die, and he was raised to life in order to put us right with God.
(Romans 4:25)

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