Instead of NARRATION this segment of the Good Friday Service is a call to congregational participation through the weaving together of the song The Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin & Matt Redman) and the reading of Psalm 22. What follows below is a suggested order for the lyrics of the song and the breaks in scripture reading. Instrumental music begins before the reading of scripture, and continues playing underneath.
1 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?
2 – O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.
3 – Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.
4 – In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
5 – They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
6 – But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.
7 – All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
8 – “He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
9 – Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.
10 – From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 – Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
12 – Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 – Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.
14 – I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
15 – My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
16 – Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
17 – I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.
18 – They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
19 – But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
20 – Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 – Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22 – I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.
23 – You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 – For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
25 – From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.
26 – The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him – may your hearts live forever!
27 – All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
28 – for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
29 – All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down tot eh dust will kneel before him – those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 – Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 – They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn – for he has done it.