Friday, March 30, 2018

Lenten Sermon Series:  This is Us
Good Friday Service of Tenebrae

March 30, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Wherever there is a * preceding an item in the order of worship, we stand to praise God.

PRELUDE Andante Mesto (Fielding)


ANTHEM – Once Upon a Tree (Choplin) Chancel Choir



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

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

Pastor:        For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.

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

Pastor:        Come let us worship in spirit and in truth as we journey with our Lord
from Gethsemane to the Cross to the darkness of the tomb.

Special Music The Power of the Cross (Getty and Townsend) Tod Myers, Bass

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us,
Took the blame, bore the wrath:
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin;
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow


Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

PRAYER FOR GOOD FRIDAY                                                                        Hymnal 284

L: Almighty God,

L: Graciously behold this your family,

L: For whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing

L: To be betrayed into the hands of sinners,

L: And to suffer death upon the cross;

L: Who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

L:     One God, for ever and ever.

ALL:     Amen.


1st CANDLE – Jesus is betrayed in Gethsemane’s garden

SONG – Go to Dark Gethsemane (Verses 1, 2, &-3) Hymnal 290

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

2nd CANDLE – Jesus is arrested

SONG – Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Verse 1) Hymnal 297

1. Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand, the shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land; a home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way, from the burning of the noon-tide heat, and the burden of the day.

3rd CANDLE – Simon Peter denies Jesus

SONG – Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Verse 2) Hymnal 297

2. Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see the very dying form of One who suffered there for me; and from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess: the wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.

4th CANDLE – Jesus before the High Priest

SONG – Beneath the Cross of Jesus (Verse 3) Hymnal 297

3. I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place; I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of his face; content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss, my sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.

5th CANDLE – Simon Peter denies Jesus a second time

SONG – O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done (Verses 1, 2, & 3) Hymnal 287

1. O Love divine, what hast thou done! The immortal God hath died for me! The Father’s co-eternal Son bore all my sins upon the tree. Th’immortal God for me hath died: My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

2. Is crucified for me and you, to bring us rebels back to God. Believe, believe the record true, ye all are bought with Jesus’ blood. Pardon for all flows from his side: My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

3. Behold him, all ye that pass by, the bleeding Prince of life and peace! Come, sinners, see your Savior die, and say, “Was ever grief like his?” Come, feel with me his blood applied: My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

6th CANDLE – Jesus before Pilate

SONG – Ah, Holy Jesus (Verses 1 & 2) Hymnal 289

1. Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, that we to judge thee have in hate pretended? By foes derided, by thine own rejected, O most afflicted!

2. Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee!’ Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee; I crucified thee.

7th CANDLE – Jesus is declared King of the Jews

SONG– Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed (All Verses) Hymnal 294

1. Alas! and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die? Would he devote that sacred head for sinners such as I?

2. Was it for crimes that I have done, he groaned upon the tree? Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree!

3. Well might the sun in darkness hide, and shut its glories in, when God, the mighty maker, died for his own creature’s sin.

4. Thus might I hide my blushing face while his dear cross appears; dissolve my heart in thankfulness, and melt mine eyes to tears.

5. But drops of tears can ne’er repay the debt of love I owe. Here, Lord, I give myself away;’ tis all that I can do.

8th CANDLE – The crowd asks for Barabbas to be released, not Jesus

SONG – What Wondrous Love is This (Verses 1 & 2) Hymnal 292

1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

2. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of life to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, to lay` aside his crown for my soul.

9th CANDLE – Jesus is scourged and beaten wearing a purple robe and crown of thorns

SONG – To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord (Verses 1, 2, & 3) Hymnal 285

1. To mock your reign, O dearest Lord, they made a crown of thorns; set you with taunts along that road from which no one returns. They could not know, as we do now, how glorious is that crown; that thorns would flower upon your brow, your sorrows heal our own.

2. In mock acclaim, O gracious Lord, they snatched a purple cloak; your passion turned, for all they cared, into a soldier’s joke. They could not know, as we do now, that though we merit blame, you will your role of mercy throw around our naked shame.

3. A sceptered reed, O patient Lord, they thrust into your hand, and acted out their grim charade to its appointed end. They could not know, as we do now, though empires rise and fall, your kingdom shall not cease to grow till love embraces all.

10th CANDLE – Jesus is handed over to be crucified

SONG – Were You There (Verse 1) Hymnal 288

1. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (were you there) Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (were you there) Oh! sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (were you there)

11th CANDLE – Jesus bears his cross to Calvary

SONG – O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Verse 1) Hymnal 286

1. O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down, now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown: how pale thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn! How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn!

12th CANDLE – The soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ tunic

SONG – O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Verse 2) Hymnal 286

2. What thou, my Lord, hast suffered was all for sinners’ gain; mine, mine was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain. Lo, here I fall, my Savior!’ Tis I deserve thy place; look on me with thy favor, vouchsafe to me thy grace.

13th CANDLE – The women at the cross

SONG – O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Verse 3) Hymnal 286

3. What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend, for this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end? O make me thine forever, and should I fainting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.

14th CANDLE – Jesus dies upon the cross

SONG – ‘Tis Finished!  The Messiah Dies (All Verses) Hymnal 282

1.’ Tis finished! the Messiah dies, cut off for sins, but not his own. Accomplished is the sacrifice, the great redeeming work is done.

2. The veil is rent; in Christ alone the living way to heaven is seen; the middle wall is broken down, and all the world may enter in.

3.’ Tis finished! All my guilt and pain, I want no sacrifice beside; for me, for me the Lamb is slain;’ tis finished! I am justified.

4. The reign of sin and death is o’er, and all may live from sin set free; Satan hath lost his mortal power;’ tis swallowed up in victory.

THE CHRIST CANDLE – Jesus’ body is pierced by a soldier’s spear

MESSAGE – “This is Us”                                                          Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring


THE DARKNESS – Jesus is laid in the tomb


* POSTLUDE – Study in G Minor (Rose)

We leave in silence as we go into the night to contemplate our Lord’s sacrifice.

This service of worship continues with the service at Sunrise on Easter morning.
Please come and continue to worship with us as we gather in the sanctuary
at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 1st

Every Sunday at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church Traditional Worship at 11:00 a.m.

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