Friday, April 2, 2021 – Good Friday
Prelude: “More Precious Than Silver / When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” piano/organ duet by Steve Wysocki
“Into the Sea” – solo by Deb Wysocki
Welcome No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you are welcome here!
We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence
Hymn: “Amazing Love” – Led by Amy Kares
WE PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
- “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Angela Drake
The Reading of the Lesson: Luke 23:33-34
When they came to the place that is called the Golgatha, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
Hymn: “My Song Is Love Unknown” – Led by Sandy Richard, Kathie Jones, Deb Wysocki, and Randy Raab – Verse 1
II. “Today, you shall be with me in paradise.” Carolyn Raudenbush
The Reading of the Lesson: Luke 23:35-43
And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Hymn: “My Song Is Love Unknown” – Verse 2 & Verse 3
III. “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” Lauren Holub
The Reading of the Lesson: John 19:23-27
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.
Hymn: “My Song Is Love Unknown” – Verse 4 & Verse 5
- “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Ryan Salmon
The Reading of the Lesson: Matthew 27:37-46
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?”
Hymn: “When We Are Tested” – Led by Kathie Jones
- “I thirst.” Dave Kubisek
The Reading of the Lesson: John 19:28-29
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.
Hymn: “My Song Is Love Unknown” – Verse 6
- “It is finished.” Sharon Coe
The Reading of the Lesson: John 19:30
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Hymn: “My Song Is Love Unknown” – Verse 7
VII. “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” Enid Rank
The Reading of the Lesson: Luke 23:44-49
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.” And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Hymn: “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” – led by Sandy Richard, Kathie Jones, Deb Wysocki, and Randy Raab
In hope, in longing, and in remembrance we come together.
In solidarity with those who struggle: We come together.
In resistance to those who dominate: We come together.
In memory of Jesus, who lived with compassion: We come together.
Remembering all who act with courage:
It is now time for us to leave this place and go into the World.
Let us commend ourselves to the care of each other, those hurting, those who anger us and to those we struggle to see as your children.
God, you are the source of Life
Our deaths are not the final word,
in moments of crisis you promise to be near
and in our weakness we survive upon Grace.
As followers of “The Way”,
Our humanness is touched with divine life,
our tears are mingled with longing love,
and our solidarity with those who suffer
is joined by divine presence.
In the Spirit of Grace,
Let us live with mercy and compassion for victims and also perpetrators of violence
God of Creation, Your plan for the world, for us, for others, from the beginning of time was to have life, and to have it abundantly. Jesus came to teach and model a life of service, compassion, generosity and to restore the promise of new life in our dried up bones. Many things separated us in relationship with each other and from You and we seek forgiveness and restoration. May we embrace Your love more fully and deeply, knowing that death does not have the final word.
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.
Closing Song: “Were You There”- led by Sandy Richard, Kathie Jones, and Steve Wysocki
ENDS WITH DARKNESS AND SILENCE…