April 2, 2021 Good Friday

Pastor: David Range

Miramar United Methodist Church
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
2 April 2021  
7:30 pm


Gathering

CALL TO WORSHIP
God is light, in whom there is no darkness at all.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world,
and we loved darkness rather than light.
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.
Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

HYMN 295  “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” verses 1-5
1 In the cross of Christ I glory, 
towering o'er the wrecks of time; 
all the light of sacred story 
gathers round its head sublime. 

2 When the woes of life o'ertake me, 
hopes deceive, and fears annoy, 
never shall the cross forsake me. 
Lo! it glows with peace and joy. 

3 When the sun of bliss is beaming 
light and love upon my way, 
from the cross the radiance streaming 
adds more luster to the day. 

4 Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, 
by the cross are sanctified; 
peace is there that knows no measure, 
joys that through all time abide. 

5 In the cross of Christ I glory, 
towering o'er the wrecks of time; 
all the light of sacred story 
gathers round its head sublime. 

WORDS: John Bowring, 1825 MUSIC: Ithamar Conkey, 1849

OPENING PRAYER
Of wonder....silence....then together:
Almighty God, graciously behold us, your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Passion of Jesus Christ
according to the Gospel of Luke, Chapters 22 & 23, NIV

The Plot Against Jesus: Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus [22.1-6]
The first candle is extinguished.

HYMN 292  “What Wondrous Love is This” verses 1-4
1 What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

2 What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of life 
to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
To lay aside his crown for my soul.

3 To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb I will sing;
to God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
while millions join the theme, I will sing.

4 And when from death I’m free I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on,
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and through eternity I’ll sing on.

WORDS: USA folk hymn MUSIC: USA folk hymn; harm. by Paul J. Christiansen, 1955

Preparing for the Passover Meal and the Lord’s Supper [22.7-23]

The second candle is extinguished.

HYMN 289  “Ah, Holy Jesus” verses 1-3
1 Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, 
that we to judge thee have 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 Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered; 
the slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered. 
For our atonement, while we nothing heeded, 
God interceded. 

WORDS: Johann Heermann, 1630; trans. by Robert S. Bridges MUSIC: Johann Cruger, 1640

Argument and Sifting [22.24-34]

The third candle is extinguished.

HYMN  175 “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” verses 1-2
1 Jesus, the very thought of thee 
with sweetness fills the breast; 
but sweeter far thy face to see, 
and in thy presence rest.

2 O hope of every contrite heart, 
O joy of all the meek, 
to those who fall, how kind thou art! 
How good to those who seek!

WORDS: Attr. To Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th cent.; trans. by Edward Caswall, 1849 MUSIC:  John B. Dykes, 1877

Purse, Bag, Sword and Prayer [22.35-46]

The fourth candle is extinguished.

HYMN 371  “I Stand Amazed in the Presence” verses 1-3
I stand amazed in the presence 
of Jesus the Nazarene, 
and wonder how he could love me, 
a sinner, condemned, unclean. 

How marvelous! How wonderful! 
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful 
is my Savior's love for me! 

2. For me it was in the garden 
he prayed: "Not my will, but thine." 
He had no tears for his own griefs, 
but sweat-drops of blood for mine. 

How marvelous! How wonderful! 
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful 
is my Savior's love for me! 

3. In pity angels beheld him, 
and came from the world of light 
to comfort him in the sorrows 
he bore for my soul that night. 

How marvelous! How wonderful! 
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful 
is my Savior's love for me! 

WORDS: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905 MUSIC: Charles H. Gabriel, 1905

The Arrest of Jesus [22.47-53] 

The fifth candle is extinguished.

Peter Denies Jesus  [22.54-62]

The sixth candle is extinguished.

Jesus is Mocked and Beaten [22.63-65] 

The seventh candle is extinguished.

HYMN 285  “To Mock Your Reign” verses 1-3
1 To mock your reign, O dearest Lord,
they made a crown of thorns;
set you with taunts along that road
from which no one returns.
They could not know, as we do now,
how glorious is that crown;
that thorns would flower upon your brow,
your sorrows heal our own.

2 In mock acclaim, O gracious Lord,
they snatched a purple cloak,
your passion turned, for all they cared,
into a soldier's joke.
They could not know, as we do now,
that though we merit blame
you will your robe of mercy throw
around our naked shame.

3 A sceptered reed, O patient Lord,
they thrust into your hand,
and acted out their grim charade
to its appointed end.
They could not know, as we do now,
though empires rise and fall,
your kingdom shall not cease to grow
till love embraces all.

WORDS: Fred Pratt Green, 1972 MUSIC: English melody; arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906

Jesus Before the Council [22.66-71] 

The eighth candle is extinguished.

Jesus is Brought Before Pilate [23.1-7]             

The ninth candle is extinguished.

Jesus is Sent to Herod [23.8-12]

The tenth candle is extinguished.

HYMN 286  “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” verses 1-2
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 languish
which once was bright as morn!

2 What thou, my Lord, hast 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,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

WORDS: Anon. Latin; trans. by Paul Gerhardt, 1656 MUSIC: Hans L. Hassler, 1601; harm. By J. S. Bach, 1729
  
Jesus is Sentenced to Death [23.13-25]  

The eleventh candle is extinguished.

Jesus is Crucified [23.26-43]

The twelfth candle is extinguished.

HYMN 165  “Hallelujah!  What a Savior” verses 1-4    
1 Man of sorrows! what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

2 Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood;
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

3 Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
spotless Lamb of God was he;
Full atonement can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

4 Lifted up was he to die;
"It is finished!” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

WORDS: Philip P. Bliss, 1875 MUSIC: Philip P. Bliss, 1875

The Death of Jesus [23.44-49]

The Christ candle is extinguished.

The Burial of Jesus [23.50-56]

SONG OF THE SUFFERING SERVANT [Isaiah 53: 4-9]
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows:
yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, 
he was bruised for our iniquities:                                              
upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, 
and with his stripes 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 dumb, 
 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 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.

Response to the Word

MEDITATION: The Garden of Redemption                             
  based on Genesis 3.19; John 19.41-42; Galatians 3.13

PRAYER FOR THE MIND OF CHRIST & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Response to  “We ask the Lord” is: 
May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus
… as we pray in your Name,
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.  Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us, not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

HYMN 299  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” verses 1-3
1 When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

WORDS: Isaac Watts, 1707 MUSIC: Anon.; arr. by Edward Miller, 1790

Going Forth

Lord Jesus, one of us betrayed you, another denied you, and all of us have forsaken you.  Yet you remained faithful to death, even death upon a cross.  
Strengthen us so we do not turn aside but follow you through sunlight and shadow alike.  For the final victory belongs to you, Lord Jesus.  
May Jesus Christ, who for our sake became obedient unto death, even death on a cross, keep us and strengthen us this night and for ever.  Amen.

The live-stream ends in silence.
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Thank you for participating in tonight’s Tenebrae.  We trust you have been blessed by the hearing and singing of the Passion.  

We meet again to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus on EASTER SUNDAY at 8.30 & 11 am. Holy Communion will be celebrated so please prepare the elements (bread/cracker and water/juice/wine) to have on hand during the service.

 
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