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Good Friday Service

Introduction to the day

Life and death stand side by side as we enter into Good Friday. In John’s passion account, Jesus reveals the power and glory of God, even as he is put on trial and sentenced to death. Standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross, we pray for the whole world in the ancient bidding prayer, as Christ’s death offers life to all. We gather in solemn devotion, but always with the promise that the tree around which we assemble is indeed a tree of life. We depart silently, and we anticipate the culmination of the Three Days in the Easter Vigil.

Hymn -O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

Verse 1 O sacred Head now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down Now scornfully surrounded, With thorns Thine only crown How pale Thou art with anguish, With sore abuse and scorn How does that visage lanquish, Which once was bright as morn Verse 2 What Thou my Lord has suffered, Was all for sinners' gain Mine mine was the transgression, But Thine the deadly pain Lo here I fall my Savior, 'Tis I deserve Thy place Look on me with Thy favor, Assist me with Thy grace Verse 3 What language shall I borrow, To thank Thee dearest Friend For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end O make me Thine forever, And should I fainting be Lord let me never never, Outlive my love to Thee

CCLI Song # 4046897 Arnuf von Loewen | Bernard of Clairvaux | Hans Leo Hassler | Henry illiams Baker | James Waddell | James Waddell Alexander | Paul Gerhardt | Robert Seymour Bridges | Travis Cottrell © Words: Public Domain Music: 2001 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 11430998

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, we ask you to look with 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, now and forever.


First Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Pierced for Our Transgressions

Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. As many were astonished at you—his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind— so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes[j] an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Psalm 22: 1-31 Why Have You Forsaken Me?

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

The Gospel : John 18:1-11 Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, 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, having procured 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 would happen to 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 Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “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 that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant[c] and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Gospel Hymn-Were You There When They Crucified My Lord

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 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

Pr. Jill’s Message: What Are You Going to Do with Judas?

Jesus had said, “One of you will betray me.” The disciples stirred anxiously and asked, “Is it I, Lord?” And Jesus said, “He who dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray me. The Son of Man goes, even as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he had not been born.”

Judas, who betrayed him, answered, “It isn’t me, is it, Rabbi?” (Jesus) said to him, “You said it.” Jesus pointed out how, at this very moment, Judas sat at table with Jesus and the other disciples clearly identified as the one who would betray Jesus and hand him over to the authorities. In other words, there was no mistaking who the culprit was. He was sitting right there dipping his hand in the bowl with Jesus.

Then the Last Supper was served. Jesus asked, “So, where was Judas?” And the answer is, according to Matthew, he was sitting right there, where he’d been all along. There’s nothing to indicate he left the room. There’s certainly nothing to suggest that Jesus asked him to leave or had him thrown out on his ear.

There’s a place at the table for Judas. Betrayer that he was, there was a place in Jesus’ heart for him. Jesus served Judas the bread and the wine, just as he served the others. When Jesus dipped a piece of bread into the cup and gave it to Judas and said, “What you do, do quickly.”

With that, Judas rushed out into the darkness and ran to inform the chief priest and the elders. Judas doesn’t leave until the meal is done. Once Judas was exposed, he left the room in a huff.

Ever since then, I’ve been wondering what to do with Judas. Is there room in the kingdom of God for a traitor, a thief, an unrepentant sinner? How are you going to deal with him and his role in the drama of salvation? Are you going to condemn him, or cut him some slack?

Don’t answer too quickly, because the truth is, there’s a little of Judas in each of us. None of us lives up to the image of Christ – not completely. None of us is worthy to sit at table with the Lord, not really. Charles Wesley said it best when he penned the words,

Depth of mercy! Can there be Mercy still reserved for me? Can my God His wrath forbear, Me, the chief of sinners, spare?

I my Master have denied, I afresh have crucified, Oft profaned His hallowed Name, Put Him to an open shame.”

What are you going to do with Judas? I, for one, am going to TRY follow Jesus example. That is, even though Jesus knew Judas’ heart, he took a wash basin and a towel and got down on his knees and washed Judas’ feet. Could I do that? Only if God gave me the grace and umpff to do so!

It was – and still is today – a powerful symbol of humility and devotion, and it says to me that no matter how you slice it, Jesus loved Judas every bit as much as he loved Peter, James and John and the others, and he gave his life for Judas, as much as you and me.

And this is the Good News I want to hold on to for as long as I live, that there’s a place for the worst of sinners in the Kingdom of God – that God’s love has the last word, and that Word is a word of forgiveness and grace. Again, to quote Wesley,

“There for me the Savior stands, Showing forth his nail-scarred hands; God is love! I know, I feel; Jesus weeps and loves me still.”

How shall we respond to such a message as this, except to sing with all the saints,

“Now incline me to repent, Let me now my sins lament, Now my foul revolt deplore, Weep, believe, and sin no more.”

Now that’s some Good News!

Bidding Prayer

Let us pray, brothers and sisters, for the holy Church of God throughout the world, that God the almighty Father guide it and gather it together, so that we may worship him in peace and tranquility.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you have shown your glory to all nations in Jesus Christ. Guide the work of the Church. Help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name, and bring salvation to people everywhere. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for our pastors and other ministers, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people of God.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, your Spirit guides the Church and makes it holy. Strengthen and uphold our pastors and our leaders; keep them in health and safety for the good of the Church, and help each of us to do faithfully the work to which you have called us. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those preparing for Confirmation of Baptism, that God make them responsive to his love, and continue to guide them in their life in Jesus Christ.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you continually bless the Church with new members. Increase the faith and understanding of those preparing for Baptism. Give them a new birth as your children, and keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for all our brothers and sisters who share our faith in Jesus Christ, that God may gather and keep together in one Church all those who know Christ as Lord.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you give your Church its unity. Look with favor on all who follow Jesus your Son. We are all consecrated to you by our Baptism; make us one in the fullness of faith, and keep us one in the fellowship of love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those who do not believe in Christ, that the light of the Holy Spirit may show them the way of salvation.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, enable those who do not acknowledge Christ to receive the truth of the Gospel. Help us, your people, to grow in love for one another, to grasp more fully the mystery of your Godhead, and so to become more perfect witnesses of your love in the sight of all people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those who do not believe in God, that they may find him who is the author and goal of our existence.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you created humanity so that all might long to know you and have peace in you. Grant that, in spite of the hurtful things that stand in their way, they may all recognize in the lives of Christians the tokens of your love and mercy, and gladly acknowledge you as the one true God and Father of us all. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those who serve in public office, that God may guide their minds and hearts, so that all of us may live in true peace and freedom.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you are the champion of the poor and oppressed. In your goodness, watch over those in authority, so that people everywhere may enjoy justice, peace, freedom, and a share in the goodness of your creation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray that God, the almighty and merciful Father, may heal the sick, comfort the dying, give safety to travelers, free those unjustly deprived of liberty, and rid the world of falsehood, hunger, and disease.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you give strength to the weary and new courage to those who have lost heart. Hear the prayers of all who call on you in any trouble, that they may have the joy of receiving your help in their need. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Finally, let us pray for all those things for which our Lord would have us ask.

All pray 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.

Procession of the Cross

Behold, the life-giving cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world.

Oh, come, let us worship him.

Silence is kept for meditation on the mystery of the crucified Savior, the mystery of redemption.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Closing Hymn “Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended"

1 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended

that man to judge thee hath in hate pretended?

By foes derided, by thine own rejected,

O most afflicted.

2 Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee?

Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee.

’Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee;

I crucified thee.

3 For me, kind Jesus, was thine incarnation,

thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblation;

thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,

for my salvation.

4 Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;

the slave hath sinnèd, and the Son hath suffered;

for man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth,

God intercedeth.

5 Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee,

I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee;

think on thy pity and thy love unswerving,

not my deserving.

Text: Johann Heermann, 1585-1647; tr. Robert Bridges, 1844-1930, alt.


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Worshipers may remain for prayer and meditation. End service in silence.

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