Good Friday Tenebrae Worship
Friday, April 2, 2021
It is finished.
~ John 19:30b
We welcome you to our Good Friday Service of Tenebrae. We will worship Friday at 7:30 PM for online worship via Trinity’s Facebook Page and our website.

Good Friday marks the end of Holy Week. It is the day when Jesus was put on trial, crucified, and died. A day when darkness came over the whole land and the curtain of the temple was torn in two as Jesus breathed his last breath. A Service of Tenebrae is based on a 12th century service of light and darkness and is an extended meditation on the Passion of Jesus Christ. With each reading, a candle is extinguished leaving us in the darkness, anticipating the light of Christ.

You can download the bulletin here or see below for the order of worship.

While we will leave our worship in darkness, we invite you to join us Sunday, April 4th for Easter Worship! We will have two worship services on Easter morning. At 8:30 AM will be our Sunrise Easter Worship service in-person on our courtyard.   You can sign up here. At 11 AM will be our Traditional Easter worship with special music and Holy Communion online via Facebook page & our website.
Good Friday Tenebrae Worship
April 2, 2021 - 7:30 PM
The Order of Service
Welcome to Trinity online.
The Service of Tenebrae is one of darkness and shadows and
is an extended meditation on the Passion of Jesus Christ.
The readings in this service are based on the Gospel of John. With each reading,
a candle is extinguished leaving us in darkness anticipating the light of Easter.
 
Prelude: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded  ~  arr. Raymond Haan
Kathryn Hufnagle, cello
Greeting
And this is judgment,
   that the light has come into the world,
and we loved darkness rather than light.
God is light,
   in whom there is no darkness at all.
For God sent the Son into the world,
   not to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Everyone who does evil hates the light,
   and does not come to the light.
But all who do what is true come to the light.
Hymn: What Wondrous Love is This Hymnal no. 292 (verses 1 and 2)
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Opening Prayer
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray:
Most gracious God,
Look with mercy upon your family gathered here
     for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed,
     given into sinful hands, and suffered death upon the cross.
Strengthen our faith and forgive our betrayals as we enter the way of his passion;
     through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever. Amen.
Duet: Agnus Dei ~ Paul Halley
Carol Bowers, soprano; Paul Taylor, baritone; Kathryn Hufnagle, cello
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.
The Passion of Jesus Christ
1. Jesus is betrayed
Jesus... went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley,
   where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place;
   for Jesus often met there with his disciples.
So Judas, procuring a band of soldiers
   and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees,
   went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him,
   came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said to them, “I am he.”
Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
When he said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
Again he asked them, “Whom do you seek?”
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he;
   so, if you seek me, let these men go.”
This was to fulfill the word which he had spoken,
   “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.”
Then Simon Peter, having a sword,
   drew it and 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 into its sheath;
   shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?”
The first candle is extinguished.

2. Jesus is arrested and brought before Annas
So the band of soldiers and their captain
   and the officers of the Judean authorities seized Jesus and bound him.
First they led him to Annas;
   for he was the father in law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.
It was Caiaphas who had given counsel to the religious authorities
   that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
The second candle is extinguished.

3. Peter denies Jesus in the courtyard
Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple.
As this disciple was known to the high priest,
   he entered the court of the high priest along with Jesus,
   while Peter stood outside at the door.
So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest,
   went out and spoke to the woman who guarded the gate,
   and brought Peter in.
The woman who guarded the gate said to Peter,
   “Are not you also one of this man's disciples?”
He said, “I am not.”
Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire,
   because it was cold,
   and they were standing and warming themselves;
Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.
The third candle is extinguished.

4. Annas questions Jesus
The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world;
I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple,
   where all Jewish people come together;
I have said nothing secretly. Why do you ask me?
Ask those who have heard me, what I said to them;
   they know what I said.”
When he had said this,
one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying,
   “Is that how you answer the high priest?”
Jesus answered him,
   “If I have spoken wrongly, bear witness to the wrong;
   but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”
Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
The fourth candle is extinguished.

5. Peter denies Jesus again
Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself.
They said to him, “Are not you also one of his disciples?”
He denied it and said, “I am not.”
One of the servants of the high priest,
   a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked,
   “Did I not see you in the garden with him?”
Peter again denied it; and at once the cock crowed.
The fifth candle is extinguished.
Hymn: Beneath the Cross of Jesus Hymnal no. 297 (verses 1 and 2)
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
6. Jesus is brought before Pilate  
Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters.
It was early.
They themselves did not enter the headquarters,
   so that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.
So Pilate went out to them and said,
   “What accusation do you bring against this man?”
They answered him,
   “If this man were not an evildoer,
   we would not have handed him over.”
Pilate said to them,
   “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
The religious authorities said to him,
   “It is not lawful for us to put any man to death.”
This was to fulfill the word which Jesus had spoken
   to show by what death he was to die.
The sixth candle is extinguished.
 
7. Pilate questions Jesus
Pilate entered the headquarters again and called Jesus, and said to him,
   “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord,
   or did others say it to you about me?”
Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew?
   Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me;
   what have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world;
   if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight,
   that I might not be handed over to the religious authorities;
   but my kingship is not from the world.”
Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king.
For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world,
   to bear witness to the truth.
Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”
The seventh candle is extinguished.
 
8. The crowd chooses Barabbas
After Pilate had said this,
   he went to the religious authorities again, and told them,
   “I find no crime in him.
But you have a custom
   that I should release one man for you at the Passover;
will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?”
They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!”
Now Barabbas was a robber.
The eighth candle is extinguished.
 
9. Jesus is mocked and scourged
Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.
And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head,
   and arrayed him in a purple robe;
they came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
   and struck him with their hands.
Pilate went out again, and said to them,
   “See, I am bringing him out to you,
   that you may know that I find no crime in him.”
So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.
Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!”
When the chief priests and the officers saw him,
   they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!”
Pilate said to them,
   “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him.”
The religious authorities answered him,
   “We have a law, and by that law he ought to die,
   because he has made himself the Son of God.”
When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid;
he entered the headquarters again and said to Jesus,
   “Where are you from?”
But Jesus gave no answer.
Pilate therefore said to him, “You will not 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 he who delivered me to you has the greater sin.”
The ninth candle is extinguished.
 
10. Pilate hands Jesus over to be crucified
Upon this Pilate sought to release him,
   but the religious authorities cried out,
“If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend;
   every one who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar.”
When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out
   and sat down on the judgment seat
   at a place called The Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gab’ · ba· tha.
Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover;
   it was about the sixth hour.
He said to the religious authorities, “Behold your King!”
They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”
They handed him over to them to be crucified.
The tenth candle is extinguished.
Duet: Ah, Holy Jesus ~ Donald McCullough
Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended, that mortal judgment has on you descended? By foes derided, by your own rejected, O most afflicted! Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon you? It is my treason, Lord, that has undone you. Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was I denied you; I crucified you. For me, dear Jesus, was your incarnation, your mortal sorrow, and your life's oblation; your death of anguish and your bitter passion, for my salvation. Therefore, dear Jesus, since I cannot pay you, I do adore you and will ever pray you, think on your pity and your love unswerving, not my deserving. 
11. Jesus is crucified
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross,
   to the place called the place of a skull,
   which is called in Hebrew, Gol’·go·tha.
There they crucified him,
   and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross;
   it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
Many of the Judeans read this title,
   for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city;
   and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
The Jewish chief priests then 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.”
The eleventh candle is extinguished.
 
12. The soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ garments
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus
   they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier;
   also his tunic.
But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom;
   so they said to one another,
   “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.”
This was to fulfill the scripture,
“They parted my garments among them,
   and for my clothing they cast lots.”
The twelfth candle is extinguished.
 
13. Jesus’ mother is entrusted to the beloved disciple
So the soldiers did this.
But standing by 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 near,
   he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
The thirteenth candle is extinguished.
 
14. Jesus dies
After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished,
   said (to fulfill the scripture), “I thirst.”
A bowl full of vinegar stood there;
so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop
   and held it to his mouth.
When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”;
and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
The fourteenth candle is extinguished.
 
15. Jesus’ side is pierced
Since it was the day of Preparation,
   in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross
   on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day),
the religious authorities asked Pilate that their legs might be broken,
   and that they might be taken away.
So 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.
But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear,
   and at once there came out blood and water.
He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true,
   and he knows that he tells the truth—that you also may believe.
For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled,
   “Not a bone of him shall be broken.”
And again another scripture says,
   “They shall look on him whom they have pierced.”
Duet: Were You There? ~ arr. Raymond Haan
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross? Sometimes it causes me to tremble. Were you there when he bowed his head and died? Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? Sometimes it causes me to tremble… Were you there when he rose up from the tomb? Sometimes…
The Christ Candle is extinguished
 
16. Jesus is buried
After this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus,
   but secretly, for fear of the religious authorities,
asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus,
   and Pilate gave him leave.
So he came and took away his body.
Nicodemus also, who had at first come to him by night,
came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes,
   about a hundred pounds’ weight.
They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices,
   as is the burial custom of the Jews.
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden,
   and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid.
So because of the Jewish day of Preparation,
   as the tomb was close at hand,
   they laid Jesus there.
 
Song of the Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53:4-9  
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.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;
     like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
     and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
     stricken for the transgression of my people.
They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich,
     although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Duet: He Never Said a Mumbalin Word ~ arr. Lloyd Larson
African-American Spiritual
They crucified my Lord, and he never said a mumbalin word. Not a word. They nailed him to the tree, and he never said a mumbalin' word. They pierced him in the side, and he never said a mumbalin word. He bowed his head and died, and he never said a mumbalin word.  

Dismissal
Go in peace.
May Jesus Christ,
Who for our sake became obedient unto death,
     even death on a cross.
Keep you and strengthen you this night and forever. Amen.
Music Notes
Tonights Duets:
Agnus Dei is a setting (1996) from the Ordinary of the Mass (Roman Rite) by Paul Halley, b.1952 in England. He came to the US after studying in Canada and served as organist/choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC. Halley is currently Director of Chapel Music at the University of Kings College and the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Paul Halley © 1996 Back Alley Music (ASCAP) Adminstered by Pelagos Incorporated All Right Reserved.

In this newly composed setting of the traditional Passion text Ah, Holy Jesus, Donald McCulloughs poignant melody enhances the the text in a meaningful way, while the neo-Baroque organ accompaniment adds emotional depth. Originally written for choir and organ, the work is performed today as a vocal duet with organ and added cello. In addition to being a critically acclaimed American composer, McCullough is also well-known as a choral choral conductor, having served as director of the Master Chorale of Washington, among other groups. Copyright © 2016 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), a division of Morningstar Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Were You There? is a setting by Raymond Haan (b. 1938) of the old familiar words of the spiritual to a new tune. The anguished ah of the soloists, and the singing cello, are a poignant expression of our pain and sorrow as we contemplate the crucifixion. Haan Is a published composer of many works for choir, organ and handbells. Copyright © 2000 MorningStar Music Punlishers of St. Lopuis 1727 Larkin Williams Road, Feton, MO 63026. Printed in the USA. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

The Prelude music Oh Sacred Head, Now Wounded is also arranged by Raymond Haan for cello and organ from the collection Ah, Dearest Jesus. Copyright © 2003 Birnamwood Publications Sole Distributor MorningStar Music Publishers of St. Louis 1727 Larkin Williams Road, Fenton MO 623026-2024. All Rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.

Lloyd Larsons arrangement of the heartfelt African-American spiritual He Never Said a Mumbalin Word, with its rich harmonies, sensitive phrasing, and dramatic cello part, makes for a deeply moving Good Friday anthem. Since 1982, Larson has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works. He is also in demand as a choral clinician and has been involved in church music ministry for over 35 years. © 2008 and this arrangement © 2010 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. 
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