Good Friday

A Service of Tenebrae
April 13, 2022



We gather this night at 7:00 in person or online.



Tenebrae is a Latin word meaning shadows or darkness. We gather on this holy night as the sun is setting and are plunged into greater darkness as we hear Jesus’ Passion proclaimed in word and music. As we journey ever closer to the cross, we extinguish candles. Following the last portion of the reading, the Paschal candle remains lit and is carried from the sanctuary, pointing to the return of light at Easter dawn when we will mark and light a new Paschal candle in celebration of the resurrection.


Our journey through Lent and Jesus death and resurrection continues Easter morning at 7:30 or 9:30 am as we shout our alleluias, gathering at the empty tomb of resurrection hope and joy.


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In light of the improving situation, masks are optional in our building for worship and all activities. Masks will still be available at our entrance, and anyone who is more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so. We will still offer every-other-pew seating in half of the sanctuary for those who feel more comfortable, but the other half will be open for folks to sit together.

You may access this evening's worship in a variety of ways:

  • A link is posted on Immanuel's website, www.immanuelwebster.org or by clicking the link at the bottom of this email.
  • Go to www.YouTube.com and search Immanuel Webster. You will find all of our past worship services there as well.
  • A link is will be posted on Immanuel's Facebook page.
  • Click the link below this evening at 7:00 or anytime afterwards.


You may access the livestream by clicking the link below.
Prelude   O Sacred Head, Now Wounded - arr. Arnold B. Sherman
ImmanuBells

The prelude is followed by silence for reflection and prayer.


Greeting and Prayer

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

Let us pray. Almighty God, look with loving mercy on your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, 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.
Amen.
 

 
The Prophecy   Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12                                  

Silence for meditation

Almighty God, whose most dear Son... through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,
Have mercy upon us.




 
The Arrest of Jesus    John 18:1-11
 
Gethsemane – arr. Lee J. Afdahl
ImmanuBells
 
Silence for meditation

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony... through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,
Have mercy upon us.
 
 


 
The Denial by Peter    John 18:12-27
 
Lord’s Prayer – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Senior Choir
 
Silence for meditation

O God, you know us to be set in the midst... through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,
Have mercy upon us.
 
 


 
The Sentence to Death  John 18:28 -19:16
 
Ah, holy Jesus – Johann Cruger
Senior Choir
Silence for meditation

Lord jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love... through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,
Have mercy upon us.
 
 
 


The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus       John 19:17-30   
 
O Bone Jesu – Michelangelo Grancini
Senior Choir
 
Silence for meditation

We thank you, heavenly Father, ... through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,
Have mercy upon us.
 



 
The Burial of Jesus              John 19:31-42
 
Adagio for Strings  – Samuel Barber, arr. William Strickland
 
 
As the final reading concludes,
the Christ Candle is removed from the sanctuary.
During the silence and darkness, follow your own thought in meditation.
 




Lord’s Prayer

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.
               
Silence.
 


Adoration of the Cross
 
The cross is carried into the church as these words are spoken:

Behold, the life-giving cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world.
Oh, come, let us worship him.
               
Behold, the life-giving cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world.
Oh, come, let us worship him.
               
Behold, the life-giving cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world.
Oh, come, let us worship him.
 
               
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,
have mercy on us.
               
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
 

Silence for meditation

You are welcome to remain in the sanctuary for prayer and reflection
following the service.
 

 
To preserve the feeling of reflection, please leave the sanctuary and church building in silence. Greet others with your eyes or a silent handshake. Carry your thoughts and insights with you. If you desire, you may remain in the sanctuary for further meditation.
 
 
 

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