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Worship Order – Good Friday Service of Tenebrae (Darkness) ~ 12:00 & 7:00pm

April 2, 2021

We Prepare Our Hearts for Worship

* Litany of Confession

P:  Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

C:  His mercy endures forever.

P:  Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid:  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your Holy Name; through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen

P:  And this is the judgment, that the light has come into this world, and we love darkness rather than light.

C:  God is light, in whom there is no darkness at all.

P:  For God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

silence is kept to reflect upon our complicity in Christ’s death

P:  Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal;

C:  Have mercy on us.    (repeat three times to honor the Holy Trinity)

P:  Every one that does evil hates the light, and does not come into the light.  But all who do what is true come to the light.

C:  Come, let us worship in Spirit and truth.

Hymn    (7:00pm) There is a Redeemer

Prayer of the Day

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

P:  Most gracious God, look with mercy upon your family gathered here for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed, given into sinful hands, and suffered death upon the cross.  Strengthen our faith and forgive our betrayal as we enter the way of His passion; through Him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

C:  Amen

We Gather at the Cross and Relive Its Shadows

The Tenebrae – The Passion of St. John

18 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Hymn    (7:00pm)  Go to Dark Gethsemane (vs. 1-3)    LBW 109

12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16 but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. 17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” 24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.


Hymn   (7:00pm)  Depth of Mercy (special music)

28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32 This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

Hymn    (7:00pm)  Ah, Holy Jesus    LBW 123

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. 39 But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

Hymn    (7:00pm)  What Wondrous Love is This (special music)

19 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

Hymn    (7:00pm)  There Is A Fountain

So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”

So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

Hymn    (7:00pm)  Via Dolorosa (special music)

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Hymn    (7:00pm)  Power of the Cross

31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

Hymn    (7:00 pm)  O Sacred Head, Now Wounded    LBW 117

38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Hymn    (7:00 pm)  Come O Sinner (special music)


P:  Let us pray, brothers and sisters, for the holy Church of God throughout the world, that God the almighty Father guide us and gather us together, so that we may worship him in peace and tranquility.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, you have shown your glory to all nations in Jesus Christ.  Guide the work of the Church.  Help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name, and bring salvation to people everywhere.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen

A:  Let us pray for Bishop Daniel, for all pastors and ministers, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people of God.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, your Spirit guides the Church and makes her holy.  Strengthen and  uphold our pastors and leaders; keep them in health and safety for the good of the church, and help each of us to do faithfully the work to which you have called us.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

C: Amen

A:  Let us pray for those preparing for Baptism, that God make them responsive to his love, and give them new life in Jesus Christ.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, you continually bless the Church with new members.  Increase the faith and understanding of those preparing for Baptism.  Give them a new birth as your children, and keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen

A:  Let us pray for all our brothers and sisters who share our faith in Jesus Christ, that God may gather and keep together in one Church all those who know Christ as Lord.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, you give your Church its unity.  Look with favor on all who follow Jesus your Son.  We are all consecrated to you by our Baptism; make us one in the fullness of faith, and keep us one in the
fellowship of love.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen

A:  Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the Word of God, that they may receive the fulfillment of the covenant’s promises.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity.  Hear the prayers of your Church that the people you first made your own may arrive with us at the fullness of redemption.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen

A:  Let us pray for those who do not believe in Christ, that the light of the Holy Spirit may show them the way of salvation.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, enable those who do no acknowledge Christ to receive the truth of the Gospel.  Help us, your people, to grow in love for one another, to grasp more fully the mystery of your Godhead, and so to become more perfect witnesses of your love in the sight of all people.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen

A:  Let us pray for those who do not believe in God, that they may find him who is the author and goal of our existence.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, you created humanity so that all might long to know you and have peace in you.  Grant that, in spite of the hurtful things that stand in their way, they may all recognize in the lives of Christians the tokens of your love and mercy, and gladly acknowledge you as the one true God and Father of us all.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen

A:  Let us pray for those who serve in public office, that God may guide their minds and hearts, so that all of us may live in true peace and freedom.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, you are the champion of the poor and oppressed.  In your goodness, watch over those in authority, so that people everywhere may enjoy justice, peace, freedom, and a share in the goodness of your creation.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen

A:  Let us pray that God, the almighty and merciful Father, may heal the sick, comfort the dying, give safety to travelers, free those unjustly deprived of liberty, and rid the world of falsehood, hunger, and disease.

The congregation prays silently.  The pastor concludes the prayer with:

P:  Almighty and eternal God, you give strength to the weary and new courage to those who have lost heart.  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.

C:  Amen

A:  Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray;

C:  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 those who 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

The Christ candle is carried from the sanctuary to remind us of how “He who knew no sin was made sin for our sake.”  The Christ candle may be viewed on the way out of the sanctuary, reminding us of the truth proclaimed by the Apostle John, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Silence for meditation

Hymn   (7:00 pm)  Were You There (vs. 1-3)   LBW, 92

The Litany

P:  Lord Jesus Christ, Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world.

C:  have mercy on us.

P:  Lord Jesus Christ, Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world.

C:  have mercy on us.

P:  Lord Jesus Christ, Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world.

C:  grant us peace.

P:  “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey.”   (1 Peter 3:18-20a)  Let us think on His sojourn in death as we await His resurrection in triumph.

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

P:  Let us depart now in the hope of victory unseen.

The ministers leave in silence.
Worshipers may remain for prayer and meditation.