Friday, April 2, 2021

The Good Friday Service - 7:30 p.m.

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The Paschal Triduum (The Three Days)  

Good Friday

April 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m.



Behold, the life-giving cross



OPENING MUSIC                                      Lamb of God, Pure and Sinless

I.                    Johann Pachelbel

II.                  Flor Peeters


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played:


           Lamb of God, pure and sinless,

                once on the cross an off’ring,

                patient, meek, though guiltless,

                forsaken in your suff’ring!

                You died our guilt to banish

                that none in sin need perish.

                Grant us your mercy, O Jesus!


Text: Nikolaus Decius, c. 1485-c.1550; tr. Joel W. Lundeen, 1918-1990

© 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress




Almighty God, we ask you to look with 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.  




READING                                                                                   Isaiah 52:13-53:12


See, my servant shall prosper;
he shall be exalted and lifted up,
and shall be very high.
14Just as there were many who were astonished at him
— so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of mortals —
15so 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.

53:1Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2For 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.
3He 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.
4Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.

5But 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.

6All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7He 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.
8By 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.
9They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10Yet 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.
11Out 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.
12Therefore 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.



THE PASSION ACCORDING TO ST. JOHN                  John 18:1-19:42


Chanted by the pastor to a setting by Ormonde Platter.


After the pastor chants ‘…gave up his spirit,’ there is a period of silence for meditation. The congregation then stands for the remainder of the Passion.

HYMN OF THE DAY                                             O Sacred Head Now Wounded




1              O sacred head, now wounded,

                with grief and shame weighed down,

                now scornfully surrounded

                with thorns, thine only crown;

                O sacred head, what glory,

                what bliss till now was thine!

                Yet, though despised and gory,

                I joy to call thee mine.



2              How art thou pale with anguish,

                with sore abuse and scorn;

                how does that visage languish

                which once was bright as morn!

                Thy grief and bitter passion

                were all for sinners’ gain;

                mine, mine was the transgression,

                but thine the deadly pain.



3              What language shall I borrow

                to thank thee, dearest friend,

                for this thy dying sorrow,

                thy pity without end?

                Oh, make me thine forever,

                and should I fainting be,

                Lord, let me never, never

                outlive my love to thee.



4             Lord, be my consolation;

                shield me when I must die;

                remind me of thy passion

                when my last hour draws nigh.

                These eyes, new faith receiving,

                from thee shall never move;

                for he who dies believing

                dies safely in thy love.


Text: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676, based on Arnulf of Louvain, c. 1250; tr. composite




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


Silent prayer.


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.  



Let us pray for Dan, our bishop, Maurice and Harvey, our pastors, for 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 pastors and our 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.   




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


Silent prayer.


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.   


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.


Silent prayer.


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.   



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.


Silent prayer.


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.   



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.


Silent prayer.


Almighty and eternal God, enable those who do not 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.   



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.


Silent prayer.


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.   



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.


Silent prayer.


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.   



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.


Silent prayer.


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.   




The prayers conclude:


Finally, let us pray for all those things

for which our Lord would have us ask:


                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 following dialog is spoken three times:


Behold the life-giving cross,

upon which was hung the Savior of the world.

  O come, let us worship him.


We glory in your cross, O Lord,

and we praise your holy resurrection,

  for by your cross joy has come into the world.

May God be merciful and bless us;

may the light of his face shine upon us.

  Let your way be known upon earth,

  your saving health among all nations.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,

and we praise your holy resurrection,

  for by your cross joy has come into the world.


Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.

  May God give us his blessing,

  and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,

and we praise your holy resurrection,

  for by your cross joy has come into the world.



Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.

Sing, My Tongue


1              Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle;

                sing the ending of the fray.

                Now above the cross, the trophy,

                sound the loud triumphant lay;

                tell how Christ, the world’s redeemer,

                as a victim won the day.


2              Tell how, when at length the fullness

                of the appointed time was come,

                he, the Word, was born of woman,

                left for us his Father’s home,

                blazed the path of true obedience,

                shone as light amidst the gloom.


3              Thus, with thirty years accomplished,

                he went forth from Nazareth,

                destined, dedicated, willing,

                did his work, and met his death;

                like a lamb he humbly yielded

                on the cross his dying breath.


4             Faithful cross, true sign of triumph,

                be for all the noblest tree;

                none in foliage, none in blossom,

                none in fruit your equal be;

                symbol of the world’s redemption,

                for your burden makes us free.


5              Unto God be praise and glory;

                to the Father and the Son,

                to the eternal Spirit honor

                now and evermore be done;

                praise and glory in the highest,

                while the timeless ages run.


Text: Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, 530-609; tr. John M. Neale, 1818-1866, alt.

Silence for meditation on the mystery of the Cross.


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

  By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


At this time, worshipers may come to the large cross to make a sign of reverence.  Reverencing the cross may include actions such as kneeling at the communion rail or before the cross; standing before the cross; bowing before the cross; kissing or touching the wood of the cross. 

The congregation departs in profound silence.  The service continues Saturday evening at 6:30pm with the beginning of the Easter Vigil.