Good Friday

March 21, 2008

March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Service of Darkness

What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul!

Call to Worship

Isaiah 55:6-11

Choir: “Lamb of God”

The First Words

Father, forgive them,
for they do not know what they are doing.
(Luke 23:34 NIV)

Luke 23:32-34 Psalm 32:1-7

P: When my sins give me alarm and my conscience grieves me,

C: Let your cross my fear disarm; peace of conscience give me.

P: Help me see forgiveness won by your holy passion.

C: Since for me he slays his Son, God must have compassion!

The Second Words

I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.
(Luke 23:43 NIV)

Choir: “Jesus, Remember Me”

Luke 23:39-43 Revelation 7:9, 10, 13-17

P: My Savior, then be near me when death is at my door,

C: And let your presence cheer me; forsake me nevermore!

P: When soul and body languish, Oh, leave me not alone,

C: But take away my anguish by virtue of your own!

The Third Words

Dear woman, here is your son . . . Here is your mother”
(John 19: 26, 27 NIV)

John 19:25-27 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

P: In perfect love he dies;

C: For me he dies, for me!

P: O all-atoning Sacrifice,

C: You died to make me free!

The Fourth Words

Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
(Matthew 27:46 NIV)

Matthew 27:45, 46 Isaiah 52:13-53:12

P: A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, our guilt and evil bearing

C: And, laden with the sins of earth, none else the burden sharing.

P: This Lamb is Christ, the soul's great friend, The Lamb of God, our Savior;

C: Him God the Father chose to send to gain for us his favor.

The Fifth Words

I am thirsty.
(John 19:28 NIV)

John 19:28, 29 Psalm 22:1-8; 14-21

P: O sacred head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,

C: Now scornfully surrounded, with thorns your only crown,

P: O sacred head, no glory now from your face does shine;

C: Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call you mine.

The Sixth Words

It is finished.
(John 19:30 NIV)

John 19:30a Psalm 2

P: Here we have a firm foundation, here the refuge of the lost;

C: Christ's the rock of our salvation, his the name of which we boast.

P: Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt --

C: None shall ever be confounded who on him their hope have built.

The Seventh Words

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
(Luke 23:46 NIV)

Luke 23:46; Matthew 27:51-56; John 19:31-42

P: Lord, be my consolation, my shield when I must die;

C: Remind me of your passion when my last hour draws nigh.

P: My eyes will then behold you, upon your cross will dwell;

C: My heart will then enfold you -- who dies in faith dies well!

The last candle is removed
symbolizing the burial of our Lord
who is our Light and our Salvation.

Lord's Prayer (all in unison)

The tomb rends with a loud sound;
the Light returns, for our Lord rises.

Solo: “Were You There”

Please leave in silence, reflecting on what your Savior suffered to rescue you from sin and death.

Then come Easter Sunday rejoicing that he lives,
and you, with all believers, will live with him forever.

Easter Worship 9:00am


St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
(320) 392-5313