Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Good Friday Poem/Prayer... What Love Is This

In  2005 I wrote this Good Friday Prayer. It is a reflection that incorporates the words of the Servant song in Isaiah 53 and also of Stuart Townsend's great song "How deep the Father's love for us". I'm reusing this Good Friday as part of the service at the my new church St Peter's Ellerslie Mt Wellington. (9:30 am Friday April 6th 7 harrison Road). The below image is one we are using for our Easter services this year, that picks up both the cross and the hope of new life in a sun rise. As always feel free to use anything I write and post here.

What Love is this

Unlooked for


Freely Given

You O God reached down into our humanity

Even into the darkness of our inhumanity

With the light of your great Love

What Love is this?

A servant


Obedient even unto death

You sent your son Jesus, who befriended the outcast

Healed the blind, the lame and cared for the poor

Taught and showed what our heavenly father is like

What Love is This?


Innocent yet condemned

Beaten and tortured

The sovereign king receives a crown of thorns

The welcoming outstretched hands nailed to a cross

Likewise the blessed feet that bring good news

What Love is this

Gasping for breath

Excruciating pain


We thought him stricken by God, cursed

Yet it was our iniquity, our wrong doing that he bore

Through his death we have freedom and life

What love is this?

Side pieced

Buried in a tomb

Stone sealed

Beyond our ability to understand you have done it

Paid the price for us and invited us to come to you

What love is this can any grave hold it down?

What love is this?

How deep the father love for us

So rich beyond all measure

That he should give his only son

To make a wretch like me his treasure 

Thank you O God for a love like this

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