On Line Worship Service, April 2, 2021 Good Friday

Welcome to this service for Good Friday.  

You will find the entire service below in one video of our live zoom worship on April 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM. 

The service followed a Christmas Eve “lessons and carols” format with readings of the Passion Story interspersed with some of the most beautiful and beloved music of the church year provided by Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane and Becky Bailey, as well as times of spoken or silent prayer. 

You can find the Order of Worship below the video.

Thank you for being part of our church community! If you would like to join us on our Sunday morning zooms click here, or on our Thursday Heartfulness Contemplative Training Circle zooms click here.  If you would like to be added to our weekly newsletter list please let us know at unitedchurchofstrafford@gmail.com

You can respond with thoughts about the service or with anything you would like to say by using the comment feature at the end of the post or by emailing us.  You can also bring others into this experience by sharing the link to this webpage by email or social media.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome here and in our church community. 

Pastor Tom Kinder  


The Live Zoom Service Recording


Order of Worship in the Video:

  1. Call to Worship  Pastor Tom Kinder
  2. Prelude “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”   Jeremiah and Annemieke McLane
  3. First Reading     Mark 14:1-2, 10-26    Annemieke McLane
  4. Hymn   What Wondrous Love Is This  verse 1 only
  5. Second Reading     Mark 14:32-42    Joey Hawkins
  6. Prayer of Confession    
  7. Silent Prayer
  8. Anthem  “O Savior of the World,” by John Goss, sung by members of the United Church of Strafford Choir, Directed by Annemieke McLane
  9. Third Reading     Mark 14:43-46, 53-65, 15:1-5    Christina Robinson
  10. Silent Prayer
  11. Anthem  “He Never Said,”  African American Spiritual sung by Becky Bailey accompanied by Annemieke McLane
  12. Responsive Reading  from Matthew 27:15-26  Danette Harris  
  13. Silent Prayer 
  14. Fifth Reading     Mark 15:16-47    Jim Schley
  15. Silent Prayer
  16. Hymn   When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
  17. Lord’s Prayer and Benediction   
  18. Hymn  O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
  19. Postlude “Were You There”  arr. by Peter Wolf; Annemieke McLane, Piano


This congregation is a small but meaningful part of the movement to establish God’s realm of peace, justice and care for God’s creation on earth, actively engaged in serving our community and supporting the wider worldwide movement.

One of the ways we work together and increase our strength beyond our individual abilities is by pooling our resources.  This is hard to do when we are forced apart by the pandemic, so we hope you will take just a minute to use our online donation service.

To make your offering on line, please click here.  (This is a service we are providing through an extremely well established on-line donation company specializing in churches that is recommended by the national United Church of Christ and used by thousands of churches like ours.  To read more about our decision to allow on line donations, click here.)              


To read additional announcements please see our weekly churchwide emails by clicking here.  You can be added to our email list by requesting so at unitedchurchofstrafford@gmail.com.

It is extremely important that we stay connected now.  Please reach out by phone or email to neighbors and other members of the congregation, especially those who live by themselves or are struggling or vulnerable.  Our Deacons, Becky Bailey, Kim Welsh and Maggie Hooker, are coordinating our Deacons Fund and our outreach to people in need of support, and Danette Harris, Chair of our Mission Committee, is leading our work with the Food Shelf.  If you would like to donate or help please email us or use the comment feature on this page.         

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