Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday

PreludeIn illo tempore (Gregorian Proper for Good Friday)

Greeting Rev. Debbie Scott

We gather again on this Good Friday at the foot of the cross which calls us on,
not in shame, not in fear but more deeply into the costly journey towards life.
There is wounding, there is weeping. In Jesus as the Promised One,
God is not separated from that.

Moments of Silence

* Call to Worship

L: Fear and fascination drew observers to the first Holy Friday. These emotions have attracted people ever since.
P: We cannot flee from the pain and suffering which Jesus experienced on our behalf.
L: We wonder why one so faithful and loving had to face the agony of rejection and death.
P: Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, and was bruised for our iniquities.
L: In this time of worship we join Christ at Calvary, aware of our involvement in the cruelty there.
P: Our faithfulness is tested at the cross and our lives are judged by our response.

* Opening HymnJesus, Keep Me Near the Cross UMH 301

1. Jesus, keep me near the cross; there a precious fountain, free to all, a healing stream, flows from Calvary’s mountain. In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever, till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river.

2. Near the cross, a trembling soul, love and mercy found me; there the bright and morning star sheds its beams around me. In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever, till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river.

3. Near the cross! O Lamb of God, bring its scenes before me; help me walk from day to day with its shadow o’er me. In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever, till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river.

4. Near the cross I’ll watch and wait, hoping, trusting ever, till I reach the golden strand just beyond the river. In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever, till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river.

Call to Confession (Leader)

Good Friday is not a day of safe distances. The darkness descends. Taunts and jeers reach our ears when we dare to identify with the Light of the World. We who are called the body of Christ in today’s world, drawn from every tribe, language, nation, and race, have come to our time of testing. The world God loves resists our witness for shalom as it rejected the Christ. Will we go all the way to the cross?

Prayer of Confession (All)

We turn away, righteous God, rather than look at the marred features of our Savior. We join in the mockery and denial lest we, too, become objects of scorn. Our sins separate us from your love, not by your choice but because of the barriers we erect. We lash out with cutting words. We complain about our lot. We neglect worship and shrink from service. We are influenced far more by the crowd than by our Creator. Save us from the powerful clutches of our poor choices Amen.

Words of Assurance (Leader)

You have heard the cock crow, and you have confessed your guilt. Jesus’ eyes meet yours, and they are filled with compassion and forgiveness. Today you are empowered to take up the cross, not as a burden but as a privilege. You can feed the hungry and quench people’s thirst. You can say the healing word and offer the reassuring touch. You can stand for justice when others choose what is expedient. You can work for peace amid the prejudice and hatred that divides. You will live triumphantly in the face of death. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Choral ResponseO How He Loves You and Me (Vs. 1)   TFWS 2108

O how he loves you and me! O how he loves you and me! He gave his life. What more could he give? O how he loves you; O how he loves me; O how he loves you and me!

A Reading from the Psalter – Psalm 31:1-16 (with sung response #1)   UMH 764
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esponse 1 : A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing.
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ESPONSE

L: (1)     In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
L:     Let me never be put to shame;
L:     In your righteousness, deliver me!
ALL:     (2)     Incline your ear to me,
ALL:     Rescue me speedily!
ALL:     Be a rock of refuge for me,
ALL:     A strong fortress to save me!
L: (3)     You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
L:     For your name’s sake lead me and guide me;
ALL:     (4)     Take me out of the net which is hidden for me,
ALL:     For you are my refuge.
L: (5)     Into your hand I commit my spirit;
L:     You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
ALL:     (6)     I hate those who pay regard to vain idols;
ALL:     But I trust in the Lord.
L: (7)     I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
L:     Because you have seen my affliction,
L:     And have taken heed of my adversities.
ALL:     (8)     You have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
ALL:     You have set my feet in a broad place.
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ESPONSE

L: (9)     Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
L:     My eye is wasted from grief,
L:     My soul and body also.
ALL:     (10)     For my life is spent with sorrow,
ALL:     And my years with sighing;
ALL:     My strength fails because of my misery,
ALL:     And my bones waste away.
L: (11)     I am the scorn in all my adversaries,
L:     A horror to my neighbors,
L:     An object of dread to my acquaintances;
L:     Those who see me in the street flee from me.
ALL:     (12)     I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
ALL:     I have become like a broken vessel.
L: (13)     For I hear the whispering of many -
L:     Terror all around! -
L:     As they scheme together against me,
L:     As they plot to take my life.
ALL:     (14)     But I trust in you, O Lord,
ALL:     I say, “You are my God.”
L: (15)     My times are in your hand;
L:     Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
ALL:     (16)     Let your face shine on your servant;
ALL:     Save me through your steadfast love!
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AnthemThe Crucifixion (Samuel Barber) Tod Myers, Bass

At the cry of the first bird
They began to crucify Thee, O 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.

Reading of the Passion from the Gospel of John

Jesus Arrested – John 18:1-11
After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.”[a] Jesus replied, “I am he.”[b] Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus[c] said to them, “I am he,”[d] they stepped back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”[e] Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he.[f] So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
HymnWhat Wondrous Love Is This UMH 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.

3. To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing, to God and to the Lamb, I will sing; to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM, while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing; while millions join the theme I will sing.

4. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on; and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be, and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.

Peter’s Denial and the High Priest’s Questions – John 18:12-27

So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.

Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the slaves 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?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.
HymnJesus, United By Thy Grace (Vs. 1-3, 6)   UMH 561

1. Jesus, united by thy grace and each to each endeared, with confidence we seek thy face and know our prayer is heard.

2. Help us to help each other, Lord, each other’s cross to bear; let all their friendly aid afford, and feel each other’s care.

3. Up unto thee, our living Head, let us in all things grow; till thou hast made us free indeed and spotless here below.

6. This is the bond of perfectness, thy spotless charity; O let us, still we pray, possess the mind that was in thee.

Jesus Before Pilate – John 18:28-40

Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters.[a] It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters,[b] so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)

Then Pilate entered the headquarters[c] again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” They shouted in reply, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a bandit.
HymnJust As I Am, Without One Plea (Vs.1-3, 6)   UMH 357

1. Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2. Just as I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot, to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3. Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt, fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

6. Just as I am, thy love unknown hath broken every barrier down; now, to be thine, yea, thine alone, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified – John 19:1-11

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.”

Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
HymnThe Old Rugged Cross UMH 504

1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain. So I’ll cherish the old (cross) rugged cross, (the old rugged cross), till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old (cross) rugged cross, (the old rugged cross), and exchange it some day for a crown.

2. O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, has a wondrous attraction for me; for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above to bear it to dark Calvary. So I’ll cherish the old (cross) rugged cross, (the old rugged cross), till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old (cross) rugged cross, (the old rugged cross), and exchange it some day for a crown.

3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see, for’ twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me. So I’ll cherish the old (cross) rugged cross, (the old rugged cross), till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old (cross) rugged cross, (the old rugged cross), and exchange it some day for a crown.

4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, its shame and reproach gladly bear; then he’ll call me some day to my home far away, where his glory forever I’ll share. So I’ll cherish the old (cross) rugged cross, (the old rugged cross), till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old (cross) rugged cross, (the old rugged cross), and exchange it some day for a crown.

Crucifixion of Jesus – John 19:17-30

And carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew[a] is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth,[b] the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew,[c] in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” 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 fulfill 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.

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill 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. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
HymnWere You There? UMH 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)

2. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? (were you there) Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? (were you there) Oh! sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? (were you there)

3. Were you there when they pierced him in the side? (were you there) Were you there when they pierced him in the side? (were you there) Oh! sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they pierced him in the side? (were you there)

4. Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (were you there) Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (were you there) Oh! sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (were you there)

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

Meditation Rev. Debbie Scott

Burial of Jesus – John 19:31-42

Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows[a] that he tells the truth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Choral ResponseO How He Loves You and Me (Vs. 2)   TFWS 2108

Jesus to Calvary did go, His love for sinners to show; What He did there brought hope
from despair: O how He loves you; O how He loves me; O how He loves you and me!

Unison Prayer

Lord, we come before you in the approaching darkness of our souls. We have traveled this Lenten journey, overcoming and conquering barriers that have kept us from serving you. We gathered at the gates of joy on Palm Sunday, and feasted at the Lord’s Table yesterday. But today is a different story. We witness the arrest and trial of the Innocent Savior. We watch as he is moved brutally from place to place, to be judged by people who have hardened their hearts against you. The sorrow that we feel lies heavy upon us. Lift us, Lord. Comfort us. Help us get through this time of darkness. AMEN.

* Closing HymnSpirit of God, Descend upon My Heart UMH 500

1. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart; wean it from earth; through all its pulses move; stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art, and make me love thee as I ought to love.

2. I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies, no sudden rending of the veil of clay, no angel visitant, no opening skies; but take the dimness of my soul away.

3. Hast thou not bid me love thee, God and King? All, all thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind. I see thy cross; there teach my heart to cling. O let me seek thee, and O let me find!

4. Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh; teach me the struggles of the soul to bear. To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh, teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

5. Teach me to love thee as thine angels love, one holy passion filling all my frame; the kindling of the heaven-descended Dove, my heart an altar, and thy love the flame.

* Benediction

L: Who is the victim of this terrible thing?!
Who is the scapegoat of this horrific thing?!
P: An innocent man has been ruthlessly killed.
An innocent man has been senselessly sacrificed.
L: For whom has this man been sacrificed?
For whom has this man been slain as an offering?
P: For a guilty man he has been hung on a cross.
For a guilty woman he has been pierced.
L: What kind of man is this?
Who would die in the place of the guilty?
What kind of man is this?
Who would suffer for one who has done evil?
P: Amazing Love! How can it be that Thou, my God would die for me?
Amazing Love! How can it be, that Thou, my Christ would die for me?

Choral ResponseJesus, Remember Me UMH 488
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

PostludeAnd Darkness Fell … (The Crucifixion, Ward)

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