During our summer Sunday evening communions we’re going to be remembering the death of Jesus. While we rightly use our eyes on these occasions (as we see the ‘visual sermon’ of bread and wine) it is just as important that we open our ears. We want to hear God’s word as it helps us grapple with the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice. 

So on these evenings, we’re going to be doing something significant. We shall  be listening to some of the words uttered in close proximity to the cross. Imagine someone had an audio recorder, registering the most important words spoken before, during and after the death of Jesus. What would be on that recording?

Well actually we don’t need to guess. The pages of Scripture record for us some of these “cross-words”.

Some of the words are horrible and cruel. Other words pulsate with faith, bellow with anguish, or cry for mercy.

All the words are different, but all of them are meaningful. Above all these words can teach us much about God (and his grace) and ourselves (and our need of it) .

So why not join us on these evenings! Pray for open eyes, open ears, and an open heart.


June 3: “Crucify him” – the crowd  (Sam Rowe)

June 10: “This is Jesus, king of the Jews” – Pilate  (Colin Adams)

June 17: Save yourself”  – mockers  (Chris Mackison)

June 24:  “Father, forgive them” – Jesus  (Colin Adams)

July 1: “This man has done nothing wrong” – thief  (David Kennedy)

July 8:  “Today you will be with me in paradise” – Jesus  (Joram Spoor)

July 15:  “This is your son…this is your mother” – Jesus  (James McKerlie)

July 22:  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Jesus  (Chris Aitken)

July 29:  “I thirst” – Jesus  (David Holmes)

August 5: “It is finished” – Jesus  (Jonathan Hannay)

August 12: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” – Jesus  (Ian Macdonald)

August 19: “Surely he was the son of God” – centurion   (John Mowat)

August 26: “Not one of his bones will be broken” – Scripture  (Stephen Gamble)