Good Friday Bulletin

Good Friday Devotional Service

Friday, April 10, 2020 at 7pm

Bulletin for Print (PDF)

Tenebrae, the service of “darkness” or “shadows”, has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the medieval common folk during Holy Week and remains so today among the many Christian denominations of the world. The liturgy is a prolonged meditation on the Christ’s suffering. Readings trace the story of the Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous event. As we ponder the depth of the Christ’s suffering through mounting darkness, it is appropriate that the service begin in daylight and conclude as darkness takes over the outside world.

The people’s responses are in bold.

PRELUDE

Green The Weeping Willow Tree
Robert Graham

Green the weeping willow tree, O Jesu,
They have crucified thee, O Jesu,
Moonlight stillness lights the petals, falling down,
O Jesu, my Lord is crucified!
How my heart has cried the long night through,
Let me never, never crucify thee too!

Molly Roden, soprano
Yeri So, organ

WELCOME

PRAYER OF THE DAY

We stand near the cross, O God—
Disturbed, distraught, discouraged.
Yet we gather here as disciples,
Those whom Jesus loves.
In the face of such suffering,
Show us the face of our Savior.
In the shadow of such evil,
Show us the light of your grace.
On this day of great solemnity,
Let us stand as witnesses
To your great love for all the world,
Revealed in the outstretched arms of
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

HYMN

Go to Dark Gethsemane
Text by James Montgomery (1771-1854)
Music by Richard Redhead (1820-1901)
Hymn PDF

1 Go to dark Gethsemane,
all who feel the tempter’s power;
your Redeemer’s conflict see;
watch with him one bitter hour;
turn not from his griefs away;
learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

2 Follow to the judgment hall;
view the Lord of life arraigned;
O the wormwood and the gall!
O the pangs his soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
learn from him to bear the cross.

3 Calvary’s mournful mountain climb;
there, adoring at his feet,
mark that miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete;
“It is finished!” hear him cry;
learn from Jesus Christ to die.

MEDITATION

Rev. Patrick Hunnicutt

THE FIRST LESSON

John 13:21-30

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

The Judas candles are extinguished.

PRAYERS

The cross that held the Savior of the world.
Holy God,
Holy and mighty,
Holy immortal one,
Have mercy on us.

The cross that held the Savior of the world.
Holy God,
Holy and mighty,
Holy immortal one,
Have mercy on us.

The cross that held the Savior of the world.
Holy God,
Holy and mighty,
Holy immortal one,
Have mercy on us.

ANTHEM

Pange Lingua Plainsong, Mode 1

Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle;
of the mighty conflict sing;
tell the triumph of the victim,
to his cross thy tribute bring.
Jesus Christ, the world’s Redeemer
from that cross now reigns as King.

Thirty years among us dwelling,
his appointed time fulfilled,
born for this, he meets his passion,
this the Savior freely willed:
on the cross the Lamb is lifted,
where his precious blood is spilled.

THE SECOND LESSON

Mark 8:27-33

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

The disciples’ candles are extinguished.

PRAYERS

I delivered you from captivity
Through the water of baptism;
But you handed me over to my captors,
Giving me up to die:
And you have made a cross for your savior.
Lord, have mercy.

I fed you in the wilderness
With the bread of life from heaven;
But you are consumed with desire,
Biting and devouring one another;
And you have made a cross for your Savior.
Lord, have mercy.

I claimed you as my family,
As branches of my vine;
But you cut off my chosen ones,
Spilling innocent blood;
And you have made a cross for your Savior.
Lord, have mercy.

ANTHEM

Pange Lingua Plainsong, Mode 1

He endures the nails, the spitting,
vinegar, and spear, and reed;
from that holy body broken
blood and water forth proceed:
earth, and stars, and sky, and ocean,
by that flood from stain are freed.

Faithful cross! above all other,
one and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be:
sweetest wood and sweetest iron!
sweetest weight is hung on thee.

THE THIRD LESSON

John 18:33, 19:1–7, 13–16

Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 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.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus.

The crowd’s candles are extinguished.

PRAYERS

I spoke to you my Word,
The promise of my love for all;
But you silence my prophets,
Refusing to hear my voice;
And you have made a cross for your savior.
Lord, have mercy.

I came to be your light,
To overcome the darkness;
But you remain in the shadows,
Hiding your light from the world;
And you have made a cross for your Savior.
Lord, have mercy.

I gave you the keys to my realm,
And welcomed you inside;
But you turn away strangers,
Closing the doors that I open;
And you have made a cross for your savior.
Lord, have mercy.

ANTHEM

Pange Lingua Plainsong, Mode 1

Bend thy boughs, O tree of glory!
Thy relaxing sinews bend;
for awhile the ancient rigor
that thy birth bestowed, suspend;
and the King of heavenly beauty
gently on thine arms extend.

Praise and honor to the Father,
praise and honor to the Son
praise and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three and ever One:
one in might and one in glory
while eternal ages run.

THE FOURTH LESSON

Matthew 27:32–51

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.

PRAYERS

I offered you my peace
And clothed you with compassion;
And you divided my garments,
Tearing apart what I design;
And you have made a cross for your savior.
Lord, have mercy.

I sent my holy spirit
To empower you with grace;
But you trust your own devices
Squandering my good gifts;
And you have made a cross for your Savior.
Lord, have mercy.

I came to dwell among you
as the Word made flesh;
but you ignore neighbors in need,
failing to recognize my face;
And you have made a cross for your savior.
Lord, have mercy.

ANTHEM

Psalm 22 – Deus, Deus meu Plainsong, Mode 4

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

4 Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.

5 They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.

7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

8 “He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.”

9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb.

11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.

29 My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the LORD’S for ever.

30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.

The Christ candle is extinguished.

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. 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.


Participating in tonight’s service are Rev. Patrick Hunnicutt, Associate Pastor; Dr. Ben Hutchens, Director of Music Ministries; Brooke Hunnicutt, 5th grade.

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