Good Friday 2018

Pastor: David Range

   Miramar United Methodist Church

Pastor David Range

Order of Worship for March 30, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

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Call to Worship: Tenebrae (Latin for "shadows" or "darkness") is a service of worship for Good Friday before Easter Sunday. Tenebrae is characterized by a series of Scripture readings and meditations done in stages while candles are gradually extinguished to symbolize the growing darkness not only of Jesus’ death but of hopelessness in the world without God. The service ends in darkness with a final candle, the Christ candle, extinguished, symbolizing the death of Jesus.

Tonight, we will follow Jesus along the way as he journeys from praying in Gethsemane to his death on the cross. We enter this journey with the penitent’s prayer, which we say inwardly:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

Call to Worship

We pray together:

Almighty God, your son Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross so that he might draw the whole world to himself. Grant that we, who glory in his death for our salvation, may also glory in his call to take up our cross and follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn 626                                                     Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Litany Based on John 18:1-19:42

Sermon            The Lions Are Shackled                             Pastor David Range

Hymn                                                                                         Jesus Paid It All 

The readings are from the scriptural “Stations of the Cross” and, with the hymns, will now progress unannounced. Each reader will come forward and after reading will extinguish one candle until at the end the Christ candle is put out. We meditate as the readings take place and we remain seated for the hymns and then leave the sanctuary in silence.

First Station:                                               Luke 22: 39-44 Jesus prays alone

Hymn 292                                        What Wondrous Love Is This, verses 1-2

Second Station:                                        Matthew 26:47-56 Jesus is arrested

Hymn 292                                         What Wondrous Love Is This, verses 3-4

Third Station:                                 Mark 14:61-64 The Sanhedrin Tries Jesus

Hymn 415                                                           Take up Thy Cross, verses 1-2

Fourth Station:                                               John 18:33-37 Pilate Tries Jesus

Hymn 415                                                          Take up Thy Cross, verses 3-4

Fifth Station:                                          Mark 15:6-15 Pilate Sentences Jesus

Hymn 301                                                         Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

Sixth Station:                                                 John 19:1-5 Jesus wears a crown

Hymn 172                                                                          My Jesus, I love Thee

Seventh Station:                                    John 19:17-24 Jesus Carries His Cross

Hymn 285                                                                           To Mock Your Reign

Eighth Station:                                           Luke 23:26 Simon Carries the Cross

Hymn 298                                                 When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

Ninth Station:                                  Luke 23:27-31 Jesus Speaks to the Women

Hymn 272                                                              Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly

Tenth Station:                                                Luke 23:32-34 Jesus Is Crucified

Hymn 286                                                            O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

Eleventh Station:                             Luke 23:39-43 Criminals Speak to Jesus

Hymn 288                                                                   Were You There, verses 1-3

Twelfth Station:                         John 19:25b-27 Jesus Speaks to Mary and John

Hymn 297                                                                    Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Thirteenth Station:                                   John 19:28-34 Jesus Dies on the Cross

Hymn 282                                                           ‘Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies

Fourteenth Station:                                  John 19:38-42 Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Hymn 288                                                                   Were You There, verses 4-5


Go in peace. May Jesus Christ, who for our sake became obedient unto death, even death on a cross, keep you and strengthen you this night and forever.


Please join with us on Sunday for the Easter Celebration Worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Pastor David Range,

Miramar UMC

2507 Utopia Drive, Miramar FL 33023

Tel: 954 989 4711, Fax: 954989 4315



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