What you will need:
  • A Bible
  • A Cross — you could use a palm cross, or two sticks laid on top of each other, or another cross you may have in your home
  • Seven candles
GATHERING
Begin in silence, placing a cross and seven lighted candles in front of you.
 
Contemplation of the Cross
 
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, look with loving 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. Amen.
WORD
The Good Friday Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) service features the gradual extinguishing of light as we remember our Lord’s dying on the cross. You may also dim the lights in your home.
First Candle
First Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:6 read by Nancy Hall
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Hymn #666   What Wondrous Love is This - Click the arrow for accompaniment, the lyrics are below.
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     When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
       when I was sinking down, sinking down,
       when I was sinking down, beneath God's righteous frown,
       Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
       Christ laid 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 God's love for me,
      and through eternity, I'll sing on, I'll sing on;
and through eternity I'll sing on.
  Text: North American folk hymn, 19th cent., alt.
The first candle is extinguished.
Second Candle
2nd Reading: Isaiah 53:6-12 read by Ryne Petersen
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Song:  Ah Holy Jesus
The second candle is extinguished.
Third Candle
Third Reading: John 18:12-27 read by Doris Peterson
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Song: His Tears Were Mine, sung by Stephanie Stockstill, to listen click HERE .
The third candle is extinguished.
Fourth Candle
Fourth Reading: John 18:12-27 read by Travis McBride
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Hymn #351 O Sacred Head Now Wounded - Click the arrow for accompaniment, the lyrics are below.
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 pale thou art with anguish,
       with sore abuse and scorn;
       how does thy face now 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 all who die believing
die safely in thy love.
  Text: Paul Gerhardt, 1607–1676, based on Arnulf of Louvain, d. 1250; tr. composite
The fourth candle is extinguished.
Fifth Candle
5th Reading: John 18:28-40 read by Amy Monday
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Song: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, sung by Lucas Bauer
The fifth candle is extinguished.
Sixth Candle
6th Reading: John 19:1-16 read by Sara Anderson
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Hymn #803 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - Click the arrow for accompaniment, the lyrics are below.
1     When I survey the wondrous cross
       on which the prince of glory died,
       my richest gain I count but loss
       and pour contempt on all my pride.
 
2     Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
       save in the death of Christ, my God;
       all the vain things that charm me most,
       I sacrifice them to his blood.
 
3     See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
       sorrow and love flow mingled down.
       Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
       or thorns compose so rich a crown?
 
4     Were the whole realm of nature mine,
       that were a present far too small;
       love so amazing, so divine,
       demands my soul, my life, my all.
 
Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
The sixth candle is extinguished.
Seventh Candle
7th Reading: John 19:17-42 read by Larry Kimpel
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Song: The Thorn Bush, sung by Chris Richard
The seventh candle is extinguished.
Reflection / Sermon by Pastor Erin Bouman
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Hymn #353 Were You There
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1     Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
       Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
       Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
       Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
 
2     Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
       Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
       Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
       Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
 
3     Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
       Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
       Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
       Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
 
4     Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
       Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
       Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
       Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
 
5     Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
       Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
       Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble,tremble.
       Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
 
Text: African American spiritual
The Bidding Prayer
After reading each line, keep silence.
 
While separated in space and time, we are united in prayer and the power of the Spirit. As members of God’s family, together:

we pray for the church throughout the world...
we pray for our bishop, our pastor, and all servants of the church...
we pray for those preparing for baptism...
we pray for God’s creation...
we pray for the people of the first covenant, the first to hear the word of God...
we pray for those who do not believe in God…
we pray for all who suffer in any way...
we pray for all who mourn their dead...

we pray for the thousands who have contracted the coronavirus...
we pray for all who are quarantined, who shelter in place, or who are
stranded away from home...
we pray for those who have lost their employment...
we pray for children who cannot assemble for school, and for teachers...
we pray for parents , caregivers, and for adequate child care...
we pray for physicians and nurses, hospitals and clinics, medical researchers
and the World Health Organization...
we pray for volunteers serving & supporting communities in various ways...
we pray for wise governmental policies and all who serve in public office...
we pray for those who fear the present, and the future...

Finally, we pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil,
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
SENDING
 
Conclude with these words:
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Go in peace and hope. Holy Week continues.  
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