Good Friday Worship Service

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April 2, 2021

The Good Friday service is meant to be one of contemplation. After each Passion reading and devotion the congregation is given a time for private prayer and consideration. Please enter quietly and depart in silence. (For parents with young children, don’t worry…fellow worshipers understand the difficulty young children will have with being quiet.)

Pastor Bodden’s Welcome and Greeting

Adult Choir – Worthy Is the Lamb of God

Worthy, worthy is the Lamb, 
  worthy is the Lamb, 
  worthy is the Lamb that was slain.
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb, 
  worthy is the Lamb, 
  worthy is the Lamb that was slain –

To receive power and riches, 
  wisdom and strength, 
  honor and glory and blessing!
To receive power and riches, 
  wisdom and strength, 
  honor and glory and blessing.

Worthy, worthy is the Lamb, 
  worthy is the Lamb, 
  worthy is the Lamb that was slain.
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb, 
  worthy is the Lamb, 
  worthy is the Lamb that was slain.

Worthy is the Lamb of God. 
  Worthy is the Lamb of God.

Reading of Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 
  Why are you so far from saving me, 
  so far from my cries of anguish? 
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, 
  by night, but I find no rest. 

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; 
  you are the one Israel praises. 
In you our ancestors put their trust; 
  they trusted and you delivered them. 
To you they cried out and were saved; 
  in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 

But I am a worm and not a man, 
  scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 
All who see me mock me; 
  they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say, 
  “let the Lord rescue him. 
Let him deliver him, 
  since he delights in him.”

Dogs surround me, 
  a pack of villains encircles me; 
  they pierce my hands and my feet. 
All my bones are on display; 
  people stare and gloat over me. 
They divide my clothes among them 
  and cast lots for my garment. 

But you, Lord, do not be far from me. 
  You are my strength; come quickly to help me. 
Deliver me from the sword, 
  my precious life from the power of the dogs. 
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; 
  save me from the horns of the wild oxen. 

I will declare your name to my people; 
  in the assembly I will praise you. 
You who fear the Lord, praise him! 
  All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! 
  Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 
For he has not despised or scorned 
  the suffering of the afflicted one; 
he has not hidden his face from him 
  but has listened to his cry for help. 

From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; 
  before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. 
The poor will eat and be satisfied; 
  those who seek the Lord will praise him – 
  may your hearts live forever! 

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, 
for dominion belongs to the Lord 
  and he rules over the nations. 

All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; 
  all who go down to the dust will kneel before him – 
  those who cannot keep themselves alive. 
Posterity will serve him; 
  future generations will be told about the Lord. 
They will proclaim his righteousness, 
  declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!

Prayer

P: Heavenly Father,  you did not spare your own Son, but gave him up for us all. As we contemplate his suffering and pain on that first Good Friday,  deepen our understanding and thanks for all that he experienced in our place.  Have mercy on us and lead us to repentance. Show us your truth, just as you taught us.
C: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Amen.

Hymn

Were You There

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me 
  to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, sometimes it causes me 
  to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me 
  to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Matthew 27:22-26 – The Flail

  “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. 
  They all answered, “Crucify him!”
  “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. 
  But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
  When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” 
  All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!” 
  Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. 

Devotion and time for contemplation

Adult Choir – Behold Him in Dark Gethsemane

Behold him in dark Gethsemane, 
Behold him alone in agony.
Hear the Savior softly pray, 
“Father, take this cup away.”
Behold him in dark Gethsemane.

Behold him the hour is drawing near, 
  the hour is near.
Behold him, at midnight they appear – 
  they will appear.
See the soldiers bar his way. 
Watch the kiss that will betray.
Behold him the hour is drawing near.

Behold him within the judgment hall.
Behold him, he answers not at all.
Hear the raging angry cry, 
“Crucify him! Let him die!”
Behold him within the judgment hall.

Behold him upon the shameful tree.
Behold him for all eternity.
See the sky grow dark above. 
Kneel before God’s Gift of love.
Behold him upon the shameful tree.

Behold him, the Lamb of Calvary.

Matthew 27:27-31 – The Crown and Staff

  Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Devotion and time for contemplation

Hymn

Oh, Come, My Soul

Oh, come, my soul, your Savior see
Nailed to your cross on Calvary.
Your pains he bears; 
Your thorns he wears
That yours a crown of life might be.

‘Tis yours, my soul, the sin, the shame,
The cross, the nails, the thirst, the pain;
In agony 
His blood runs free
To write in heaven’s book your name.

Oh, sing, my soul, sing endlessly
The wondrous love that sets you free;
His dying breath 
Brings life from death,
Makes heav’n your home eternally.

Luke 23:32-43 – The Nails

  Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 
  The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 
  The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” 
  There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 
  One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 
  But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 
  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 
  Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Devotion and time for contemplation

Hymn

God Was There on Calvary

God was there on Calvary, 
God the Father’s only Son,
Dying that the world might live, 
There on Calvary.

All the world on Calvary 
Crucified the Prince of life,
Pierced the hands of God’s own Son, 
There on Calvary.

Sin was there on Calvary, 
All the sins of ev’ryone,
Laid upon God’s sinless 
Lamb There on Calvary.

Love was there on Calvary, 
Streaming from the heart of God,
Reaching out for ev’ryone 
There on Calvary.

Life was there on Calvary, 
Flowing from his wounded side,
Spent that death itself might die 
There on Calvary.

We were there on Calvary; 
We were pardoned, saved, set free,
Saved to live eternally –
Blessed Calvary!

John 19:28-37 – The Spear

  Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
  Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

Devotion and time for contemplation

The offering will be brought forward during the next hymn.

Hymn

Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, 
See him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ, by man rejected; 
Yes, my soul, ’tis he, ’tis he.
‘Tis the long-expected Prophet, 
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
Proofs I see sufficient of it:
‘Tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, as you hear him groaning, 
Was there ever grief like his?
Friends through fear his cause disowning, 
Foes insulting his distress,
Many hands were raised to wound him, 
None would intervene to save,
But the deepest stroke that pierced him 
Was the stroke that justice gave.

If you think of sin but lightly 
Nor suppose the evil great,
Here you see its nature rightly, 
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed; 
See who bears the awful load –
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed, 
Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation, 
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ’s the rock of our salvation, 
His the name of which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, 
Sacrifice to cancel guilt –
None shall ever be confounded 
Who on him their hope have built.

Prayer

P: Heavenly Father, today are reminded yet again of your justice. You demand perfection and punish all sins. But we also see your love – your Son, punished, beaten, and crucified to take upon himself the full weight of our sins. Guide us today and everyday to see the cross where your Justice and Love meet together for our Salvation. Continue to guide us in our walk of faith and lead us through this day of darkness to the light of your fulfilled promises on Sunday morning.
C: Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. 

Closing Reading – Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message 
  and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, 
  and like a root out of dry ground. 
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, 
  nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 
He was despised and rejected by mankind, 
  a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. 
Like one from whom people hide their faces 
  he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain 
  and bore our suffering, 
yet we considered him punished by God, 
  stricken by him, and afflicted. 
But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
  he was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, 
  and by his wounds we are healed. 
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, 
  each of us has turned to our own way; 
and the Lord has laid on him 
  the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, 
  yet he did not open his mouth; 
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, 
  and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, 
  so he did not open his mouth. 
By oppression and judgment he was taken away. 
  Yet who of his generation protested? 
For he was cut off from the land of the living; 
  for the transgression of my people he was punished.  
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, 
  and with the rich in his death, 
though he had done no violence, 
  nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, 
  and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, 
he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 
  and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 
After he has suffered, 
  he will see the light of life and be satisfied; 
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, 
  and he will bear their iniquities. 
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, 
  and he will divide the spoils with the strong, 
because he poured out his life unto death, 
  and was numbered with the transgressors. 
For he bore the sin of many, 
  and made intercession for the transgressors.

The congregation is invited to pray and consider these words for as long as they desire.

No ushers will dismiss you. As you leave, please depart in silence. God bless you. 

We look forward to rejoicing with you on Easter Sunday at 7:00 or 10:00am!