24 Hour Prayer Vigil

This year members of our congregation volunteered to offer prayers during each hour on Good Friday from their own homes instead of in the Sanctuary. Each hour there was a scripture reading and prayer posted on this page and under News and Things Page.  These were meant as a guide only and are posted below. The audio tape at the beginning of this page is a recording of the congregation of First United Church (February 2019)

Thank you to all who volunteered.

Sharing Music Scripture and Prayer - Carolyn Rice

Midnight to Noon

Hour 1: 12:00 am - 1:00 am Linda Whalen, Gloria Gosse and Mona Oldford
Hour 2: 1:00 am - 2:00 am Pam Morgan
Hour 3: 2:00 am - 3:00 am Madeline Rideout
Hour 4: 3:00 am - 4:00 am Ian March-MacCuish
Hour 5: 4:00 am - 5:00 am Calvin Smith
Hour 6: 5:00 am - 6:00 am Calvin Smith
Hour 7: 6:00 am - 7:00 am Dave & Florence Morrissey
Hour 8: 7:00 am - 8:00 am Gloria Bishop
Hour 9: 8:00 am - 9:00 am Faith March-MacCuish
Hour 10: 9:00 am - 10:00 am Ralph and Ethel Hiscock
Hour 11: 10:00 am - 11:00 am Allyson Jean Fry
Hour 12: 11:00 am - Noon Susan Vardy & Dorothy Latreille

Hour 1: A voice of one calling “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:3-5

O Lord help us to prepare the way. Amen.

Hour 2: 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11-12

Let us join in the gospel chorus praising God. Amen

Hour 3:  13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented. 16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Matthew 3:13-17

O God as your son is baptized let us remember our own baptism. Amen.

Hour 4:  1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The LORD needs it and will send it back here shortly.'" 4They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5some people standing there asked, "What are you doing, untying that colt?" 6They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!" 10"Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest heaven!"  Mark 11:1-10

Praise you God. We join the celebration in Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Amen.

Hour 5: 10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Mark 14:10-11

When life is confusing help us to do our best to hold faithfully to you O God, Amen

Hour 6:  17On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"  18He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.'"  19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. 20When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.  Matthew 26:17-20

Help us God to celebrate you each time we gather in person and through technology. Amen.

Hour 7: 26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." 27Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. 28This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." Matthew 26:26-29

 Thank you God for including us around your table. Amen.

Hour 8:  34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35

Dear God, help us to spread your commandment of love to our global village. Amen.

Hour 9:  31"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." 33But he replied, "LORD, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death." 34Jesus answered, "I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me." Luke 22:31-34

We prayer you be with us in all our struggles. Amen.

Hour 10:  1When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it  John 18:1

Be with us and listen to our prayers and respond as only you can. Amen

Hour 11: 47While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"  49When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "LORD, should we strike with our swords?" 50And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him. 52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour-when darkness reigns."  Luke 22:47-53

We remember in the teachings of Jesus that violence is never the answer. Amen.

Hour 12: 25Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, "You aren't one of his disciples too, are you?" He denied it, saying, "I am not."  26One of the high priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, "Didn't I see you with him in the garden?"  27Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow. John 18:25-27

Help us to always stand up for our beliefs and faith. Amen.

Noon to Midnight

Hour 13: Noon - 1:00 pm Glenys Harris
Hour 14: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Carolyn Rice
Hour 15: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Jean Whelan
Hour 15: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Doreen & Lorne Squires
Hour 16: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Ray and Barbara Hayward
Hour 17: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Mildred Vairinhos
Hour 18: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Ada & Ray Hopkins
Hour 19: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Nelson and Elizabeth Bailey
Hour 20: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Youth Group (SNAC)
Hour 21: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Christina and Denis Manning
Hour 22: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Joan and Keith Welsh
Hour 23: 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Kelly Tuck
Hour 24: 11:00 pm to Midnight Heather & Harold Sinyard

Hour 13:  1Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. 2So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.  Matthew 27:1-2

Be with us O God as we journey through Jesus’ passion again this year. Amen.

Hour 14: 2And they began to accuse him, saying, "We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king."  3So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "You have said so," Jesus replied. 4Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."  5But they insisted, "He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here."  Luke 23:2-5

Continue to stir us and challenge us. Amen.

Hour 15:  39But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release 'the king of the Jews'?"  40They shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!"  John 18:39-40

Help us to see Jesus not as king but as servant to all, bringing your love to all situations. Amen.

Hour 16:  “Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them.  He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.” Mark 15:15

Lord Jesus be with us in all our struggles as we pursue your truth. Amen

Hour 17: “carrying his own cross they went to the place of the skull which in Aramaic is called Golgatha” John 19:17

O God, give to each of us the strength to carry our cross. Amen.

Hour 18:  “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing”  Luke 23:24-34

May you offer forgiveness to all who seek forgiveness. Amen.

Hour 19:  “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise”  Luke 23:35-43

Help us God to not judge but to open our hearts. Amen.

Hour 20:  “Women, here is your son...Here is your mother”  John 19:23-27

We pray for the family of God. For all relationships. Amen.

Hour 21:  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:29-34

O God, we struggle to listen to Jesus on the cross, may his words reach our souls. Amen.

Hour 22:  “I am thirsty”  John 19:28-29

May your always living word quench our thirst. Amen.

Hour 23:  “It is finished”  John 19:30

Be with your people God. We know its not over, prepare us for resurrection. Amen.

Hour 24:  “Into your hands I commend my spirit”  Luke 23:44-49  (silent prayer)

Messages and Comments

Thank you to everyone who made this Good Friday service possible. In these troubled times, it does our hearts and souls good to know that even as we are kept apart, we can still be together in our worship. Again, thank you all. Stay safe. God Bless.
Nelson and Elizabeth

Peace be with all of us though this storm.

Great project. We can still work together during this difficult time for all.I know that the light of Jesus is real and will help many get through this. I feel I have been Blessed and therefore I can help others through financial help to families in need and by my personal phone calls to friends,family and neighbours.
As a Church Family I believe we will come out stronger once the deadly virus is conquered. God Bless to our Ministry Staff and to our Congregation and neighbours throughout the World.

The Lord's Supper: The body of Christ represented by bread;  As the life of the body is supported by bread, so the life of the soul is supported and maintained by Christ's meditation. Believing in Christ and receiving Him is indicated by "taking" and "eating" the bread.. The blood of Christ is represented by the wine: God makes a covenant with us which is procured and ratified by the blood of Christ. When we partake of the Lord's supper, we must have our eyes fixed on the Lord and our hearts in tune with His!

Thank you for this idea. This is wonderful.

A beautiful Good Friday morning sitting here in isolation. What a difference since last year sitting in our church.We were alone for an hour but had the anticipation of an exciting weekend with family, last minute Easter egg buying & grocery shopping for Easter Sunday dinner. This year it will be no shopping without gloves & masks, we won't see our grandkids & we will be alone on Easter Sunday. We pray that God will be with us all during the coming weeks & protect us all & keep us safe.Thank you Rev.Ian for your services,prayers & messages of comfort."GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!
Florence and Dave

Sitting on my couch, music in the background....jesus is in control...jesus friend of a wounded heart.....hard to think about as sitting at home in isolation, wondering what is going to happen, when it will end. Faith that the baby of this hour's reading is God the Messiah starting on the way to the cross, and our salvation.

Happy Easter to Rev Ian and Family.

At home sitting on my sofa reading by candlelight but I am remembering all the past years at the church with a group of friends meeting on this ‘first hour” of the Vigil Wheel. The meaning of this hour is still present but the absence of friends is a definite minus. I wish with all my heart that we will all be together again for the vigil next year. May God protect everyone.

Glad to be able to participate