St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15

12noon - 1pm

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HYMN: My song is love unknown,
my Saviour's love to me,
love to the loveless shown,
that they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake
my Lord should take frail flesh, and die.

He came from his blest throne,
salvation to bestow;
but men made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know.
But O, my Friend, my Friend indeed,
who at my need his life did spend!

Sometimes they strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing;
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then 'Crucify!' is all their breath
and for his death they thirst and cry.

Here might I stay and sing:
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like thine!
This is my Friend, in whose sweet praise
I all my days could glady spend.





HYMN: 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.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the Cross of Christ my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See from his head, his hands, his feet
Sorrow and love flow mingling down;
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

READING: Romans 5:1-11

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


SILENCE: During which band plays "At the foot of the Cross"



HYMN My Lord, what love is this
That pays so dearly,
That I, the guilty one may go free!

Amazing love, O what sacrifice,
The Son of God given for me.
My debt He pays, and my death He dies.
That I might live, that I might live.

And so they watched Him die,
Despised, rejected;
But oh, the blood He shed flowed for me!

And now, this love of Christ
Shall flow like rivers;
Come wash your guilt away, live again!

  • Luke 23:34. "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do"
  • Luke 23:43. "I promise you, today you will be with me in paradise"
  • John 19:26-27. "He is your son, she is your mother"
  • John 19:28. "I thirst"
  • Matthew 27:46. "My God, my God, why did you abandon me?"
  • John 19:30. "It is finished"
  • Luke 23:46. "Father, into your hands I place my spirit"



Psalm response: Father, into your hands I commend my Spirit.


You turned your face to Jerusalem,
walked towards the cross,
suffered, and died for our sins;
We say sorry:
for the times we have failed you,
for the times we have turned away from you,
for the times we have ignored those in need;
Forgive us, we pray,
and give us your strength,
your courage,
your Spirit,
that we may take up our cross
and follow you. AMEN.

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Isaiah 49:1-7

1Listen to me, you islands;
    hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
    from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.
2He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
    and concealed me in his quiver.
3He said to me, "You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will display my splendour."
4But I said, "I have laboured in vain;
    I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord's hand,
    and my reward is with my God."

5And now the Lord says—
    he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
    and gather Israel to himself,
for I am[a] honoured in the eyes of the Lord
    and my God has been my strength—
6he says:
"It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth."

7This is what the Lord says—
    the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—
to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
    to the servant of rulers:
"Kings will see you and stand up,
    princes will see and bow down,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
    the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."

John 19:31-42

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken," and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."

Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no-one had ever been laid.

Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was near by, they laid Jesus there.

Reader: This is the word of the Lord
All: Thanks be to God



Merciful God, who made all creation
and hate nothing that you have made;
you desire not the death of a sinner
but rather that he should be converted and live.
Have mercy upon all who have not known you,
or who deny the faith of Christ crucified;
take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart,
and contempt for your word,
and so bring them home to your fold
that they may be one flock under one shepherd;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

Almighty Father,
look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. AMEN

Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the
glory are yours
now and for ever. AMEN.

HYMN: I will offer up my life in spirit and truth
Pouring out the oil of love as my worship to you.
In surrender I must give my every part;
Lord receive the sacrifice of a broken heart.

Jesus what can I give, what can I bring
to so faithful a friend, to so loving a king.
Saviour what can be said, what can be sung,
As a praise of your name, for the things you
have done.
Oh my words could not tell, not even in part
of the debt of love that is owed by this
thankful heart.

You deserve my every breath
for you've paid the great cost;
giving up your life to death, even death on a cross.
You took all my shame away, there defeated my sin,
Opened up the gates of heaven and have beckoned me in.

1pm Blessing

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