Pre-Recorded Worship Service
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Good Friday Taizé Service
April 2, 2021
“Prayer is a serene force at work within human beings, stirring them up,
transforming them, never allowing them to close their eyes in the face of
evil, or wars, of all that threatens the weak of this world. From it we draw
energy to wage other struggles - to enable our loved ones to survive, to
transform the human condition, to make the earth a place fit to live in.”
- Brother Roger of Taizé
Order of Worship
Welcome 

Song
"Bless the Lord"
TFWS #2013 (5 times)
Bless the Lord, my soul
And bless God's holy name
Bless the Lord, my soul
Who leads me into life

Song
"Come and Fill Our Hearts"
TFWS #2157 (5 times)
Come and fill our hearts with your peace
You alone, O Lord, are holy
Come and fill our hearts with your peace. Alleluia
Confitemini Domino,
Quoniam Bonus!
Confitemini Domino,
Alleluia!

Scripture Reading
Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:4-6
Sharon Lipp
See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him — so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals— so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted… But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Silent Meditation
(Staying with Jesus around the Cross)

Song
"Stay With Me"
TFWS #2198 (6 times)
Stay with me,
Remain here with me
Watch and pray,
Watch and pray

Scripture Reading
John 18:25-40
Bev Welsh

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.

Jesus before Pilate
Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, 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 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?”

Jesus Sentenced to Death
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.

Silent Meditation
(Staying with Jesus around the Cross)

Songs
"Live in Charity (Ubi Caritas)"
TWFS #2179 (2 times)
Live in charity and steadfast love
Live in Charity God will dwell with you
Ubi caritas et amor,
Ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Scripture Reading
John 19:17-30
Pete Seymour
So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew 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, 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, 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.

Silent Meditation
(Staying with Jesus around the Cross)

Song
"O Lord, Hear My Prayer"
TFWS #2200 (5 times)
O Lord hear my prayer
O Lord hear my prayer
When I call, answer me.
(Come and listen to me)

Reflection
“Irresistible Love of God on the Cross”
Pastor Seok-Hwan

The 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.

Song
"Cares Chorus"
TFWS# 2215 (2 times)
I cast all my cares upon you
I lay all of my burden down at your feet,
And anytime that I don’t know what to do
I will cast all my cares upon you.


(Adopted from Pennington Presbyterian Church)


Video: Bill Kruger
April 4: Three Easter Services Offered

“Look, Touch, and See!” (I Corinthians 15:12-14)
Look at the credible evidence, touch by doing and following Jesus and see through the eyes of the Resurrected Christ! How has your view on Jesus transformed in your life?
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