Good Friday Service
for March 25, 2016 at Noon
The Prelude: Stabat Mater Sequence
The Call to Worship
Here, in the midst of these people, we come to worship you.
We come with the groans of our lives,
and the whispers of hope in our hearts.
Here, in the midst of these people, we come to remember you.
We come, trusting you have not forgotten us;
and that here, promises will be fulfilled.
Here, in the midst of these people, we come to adore you.
We come, knowing you hear our souls;
we come, to praise you for your steadfast love.
The Hymn: “Go to Dark Gethsemane” vs. 1-3 No. 290
Go to dark Gethsemane,
ye that feel the tempter’s power;
your Redeemer’s conflict see,
watch with him one bitter hour.
Turn not from his griefs away;
learn of Jesus Christ to pray.
See him at the judgment hall,
beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;
O the wormwood and the gall!
O the pangs his soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
learn of Christ to bear the cross.
Calvary’s mournful mountain climb;
there, adoring at his feet,
mark that miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” hear him cry;
learn of Jesus Christ to die.
The Prayer (unison) Good Friday No. 284
Almighty God, graciously behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Psalter: Psalm 22:1-18 (res.#1) No. 752
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted,
and were not put to shame. R
But I am a worm, and not human;
scorned by others, and despised by the people.
All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;
“Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver— let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”
Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. R
Many bulls encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
For dogs are all around me;
a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled;
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots. R
The Musical Selection: The Crucifixion Samuel Barber
Tod Myers, Bass
At the cry of the first bird
They began to crucify Thee, 0 Swan!
Never shall lament cease because of that.
It was like the parting of day from night.
Ah, sore was the suffering borne
By the body of Mary’s Son,
But sorer still to Him was the grief
Which for His sake
Came upon His Mother.
Forgiveness at the Cross
The Reading: Luke 23:32-38
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[ Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’]] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’
The Prayer (unison)
O Lord, we beg you, absolve your people from their offenses, that through your bountiful goodness we may be delivered from all the bonds of those sins which by our frailty we have committed. May all who have sinned in ignorance, or are this day sincerely sorry for their sins, be given pardon and newness of life. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Savior. Amen.
The Hymn: “Ah, Holy Jesus” No. 289
Authority at the Cross
The Reading: Luke 23:39-43
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’
The Prayer (unison)
Merciful God, who through your infinite goodness did save a sinful yet repentant thief upon the cross, look with mercy upon us who desire pardon and forgiveness today. Consider our repentance, accept our plea, and save us as we put our trust in your mercy. This we ask through no merit of our own, but through our Savior and Redeemer. Amen.
The Hymn: “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” No. 295
Remembrance at the Cross
The Reading: John 19:23-27
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.’ This was to fulfil what the scripture says,
‘They divided my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.’
And that is what the soldiers did.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
The Prayer (unison)
Infinite God, maker of all creation, you are never far from your children. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, draw us into relationship with you. May all the bonds of divine and human love be made stronger and more meaningful through him who in his mortal agony was not forgetful that we need one another’s love, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Hymn: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” No. 298
Submission at the Cross
The Reading: Matthew 27:39-47
Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.” ’ The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.
From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’
The Prayer (unison)
O God of deepest mystery, you know the secrets of our hearts, shut not your merciful ears to our prayers. Spare us, we pray, most eternal judge, so that in our last hour we may not be separated from you. Save us in our mortal strife, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Hymn: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” No. 297
Suffering at the Cross
The Reading: John 19:28-29
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfil the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.
The Prayer (unison)
O God of strength, increase our faith, renew our courage, and by your Spirit, help us to overcome those things which draw away from you and from those who seek our help. May your blessing be upon all who give cups of water to others, because all are a part of your created order. Show us, we pray, that even in disorder, you are still with us, and that in every sorrow you continue to love us. May our faith remain firm in your faithfulness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Hymn: “O Sacred Head” No. 286
Victory at the Cross
The Reading: John 17:1-8; 19:30
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
The Prayer (unison)
O God, we praise you for the finished work of your Son, that in him all your promises of divine grace had their fulfillment. Help us to serve him all the days of our lives, so that when our time on earth has ended, we may be able to know we have finished the work you gave us to do. We ask this prayer through the riches of grace in your Son, Jesus our Savior. Amen.
The Hymn: “What Wondrous Love Is This” No. 292
Confidence at the Cross
The Reading: Luke 23:44-49
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, ‘Certainly this man was innocent.’ And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things
The Prayer (unison)
O Christ of Calvary, who on the cross did bow your head in pain, commending your spirit into the hands of the eternal God, teach us willingly and joyfully to commit our lives and souls to you. In you, O God, do we place our trust. Draw us into your embracing presence. May your holy face shine on us and save us we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Hymn: “O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done” No. 287
The Meditation The Rev. Dale Dusman
Go now, to reflect on Jesus’ death in your place
We go now, to be God’s people
The Postlude: Solemn Recessional in G Minor Jackson
Organist: William Scanlan Murphy
Readers: Rev. Emora Brannan, Rev. Dan Gleckler, Rev. Travis Knoll, John Strawbridge, Paul Walker, Daniel Wilkey