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You can listen to Pastor Vida’s homily here

Life and death stand side by side as we enter into Good Friday. In John’s passion account, Jesus reveals the power and glory of God, even as he is put on trial and sentenced to death. Standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross, we pray for the whole world in the ancient bidding prayer, as Christ’s death offers life to all. We gather in solemn devotion, but always with the promise that the tree around which we assemble is indeed a tree of life. We depart silently, and we anticipate the culmination of the Three Days in the Easter Vigil. Parents – when you come to Psalm 22 check out the video for children 

We gather each week to worship and pray on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. For thousands of years they have walked on the land and paddled the waters of the Salish Sea. We are grateful to the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations for their stewardship of these lands and adjoining waters throughout the ages.

Sit before a cross or a crucifix. Begin with this prayer. 

Almighty God, look with loving mercy on your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and to be given over to the hands of sinners, and to suffer death on the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. 

Listen to the reading from Isaiah for Good Friday by clicking on this link -

First Reading Isaiah 52:13—53:12 See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him— so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,and his form beyond that of mortals —so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate. Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces, he was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely, he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken,struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities;upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on himthe iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice, he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living,stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wickedand his tomb with the rich,although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.


“My Song is Love Unknown”- sung by Sonja Koruga -

Listen to the recitation of Psalm 22 by clicking on this link -

Here is a guided meditation on Psalm 22 for children -


Psalm 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;  and by night, but find no rest. 

3 Yet you are holy,  enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 In you our ancestors trusted;  they trusted, and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried, and were saved;   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. 

6 But I am a worm, and not human;  scorned by others, and despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; 8 ‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’ 

9 Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. 10 On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me 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 encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint;my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; 15 my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. 

16 For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled; 17 I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; 18 they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid! 20 Deliver my soul from the sword,   my life from the power of the dog! 21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! 

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me. 22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;  stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 24 For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. 

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever! 

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. 28 For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. 

29 To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,   and I shall live for him. 30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, 31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it. 


Visual Meditation on the Stations of the Cross -

Hymn – Were You There, ELW 353, sung by Sonja Koruga -       


Listen to the Bidding prayer by clicking on the link below. Participate by uniting your heart to the intentions as they are read and join in the Amen after each one. At the conclusion of the Bidding prayer do not pausethe video. The video will continue with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and final doxology - 


The Bidding Prayer 

Let us pray, brothers and sisters, for the holy church throughout the world.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God,you have shown your glory to all nations in Jesus Christ.By your Holy Spirit guide the churchEspecially in this time when we cannot gather in person.Help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name,and bring the good news of salvation in Christ to all people.We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Let us pray for Susan and Greg, our bishops, for Vida our pastor(s), for Sonja, for Shelley, for Candace, for our Church Counciland all servants of the church, and for all the people of God.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God,your Spirit guides the church and makes it holy.Strengthen and uphold our bishops, pastors,other ministers, and lay leaders.Keep them in health and safety for the good of the church,and help each of us in our various vocationsto do faithfully the work to which you have called us.We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Let us pray for those who serve in public office, especially for wisdom and foresight in these troubled times.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God,you are the champion of the poor and oppressed.In your goodness, give wisdom to those in authority,so that our world in crisis may find reliefand hope for an end to the pandemic.We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Let us pray for those preparing for baptism.

Silent prayer 

Almighty and eternal God, you continue to bless the church. Increase the faith and understanding of those preparing for baptism.Give them new birth as your children, and keep them in the faith and communion of your holy church. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Let us pray for our sisters and brothers who share our faith in Jesus Christ.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you give your church unity. Look with favor on all who follow Jesus your Son.Make all the baptized one in the fullness of faith, and keep us united in the fellowship of love.We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.       

Let us pray for those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ.

Silent prayer 

Almighty and eternal God, gather into your embraceall those who call out to you under different names. Bring an end to inter-religious strife, and make us more faithful witnessesof the love made known to us in your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Let us pray for those who do not believe in God.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you created humanity so that all may long to know you and find peace in you.Grant that all may recognize the signs of your love and gracein the world and in the lives of Christians, and gladly acknowledge you as the one true God. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Let us pray for God's creation.

Silent prayer 

Almighty and eternal God,you are the creator of a magnificent universe.Hold all the worlds in the arms of your careand bring all things to fulfillment in you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Let us pray for those in any need. Let us pray for the afflicted in time of pandemic.Let us pray also for all those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic, that God may grant health to the sick, strength to those who care for them, comfort to families and salvation to all the victims who have died.

Silent Prayer  

Almighty ever-living God,only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your childrenwho suffer because of this pandemic;relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have diedand, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Let us pray for all in any need.

Silent prayer 

Almighty and eternal God, you give strength to the wearyand new courage to those who have lost heart. Free those unjustly deprived of liberty, and deliver your world from falsehood, hunger, and disease. Hear the prayers of all who call on you in any trouble, that they may have the joy of receiving your help in their need. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Finally, let us pray for all those things for which our Lord would have us ask.         

All pray the Lord’s Prayer. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive thosewho trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. 


Conclude with these words:

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Hymn - Holy God, Holy and Glorious, ELW 637 – Sung by Sonja Koruga - 

Spend a few minutes in silence before resuming your day’s activities. 


BC Synod 2020 Holy Week – Worshipping Together

Please go the BC Synod webpage to see a list of pastors and congregations that have collaborated to prepare shared Synod worship services for Holy Week and Easter. There, you will also find the information you need to connect to the online virtual services.  Visit the Church webpage at and check out the church’s “Events” and “News” tabs for information you may have missed. And don’t forget to 'like' our page on Facebook at

This bulletin for Home Worship would not have been possible without the help and contributions of the following people: 

Jason Assam

Jim Berger

Sonja Koruga

Shelley Meglaughlin

Pastor Vida Jaugelis


For your individual or group devotion, you may desire to listen to following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress. Click on the titles to take you to the YouTube recording.  “Ah, Holy Jesus,” “At the Cross,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” April 10 is the commemoration of Mikael Agricola,Bishop of Turku, died 1557. Consecrated bishop of Turku, Finland, without the approval of the pope, Agricola began a reform along Lutheran lines. In only three years, he translated the New Testament and worship texts into Finnish, in the process establishing the rules of Finnish writing that are still used today.   

Reflection material: Gordon Lathrop. Intercessory Prayer: Gail RamshawPortions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.  

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

1110 Gladwin DriveNorth Vancouver, BC V7R 1A2

Phone: 604-988-5838   Email: [email protected] 


Church office is open Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 1:30pm


Interim Pastor: Rev. Vida Jaugelis 

Administrator: Shelley Meglaughlin

Music Director: Sonja Koruga

Church Council Chair: Candace Storm

Church Council Vice - Chair: Ken Parkinson

Church Council members:

Gail Berger

Shelley Meglaughlin

Maureen Kerfoot

Kathleen Stoll