Good Friday Tenebrae Service
April 19th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
* Please rise in body or in spirit
Please enter humbly, worship deeply, and leave quietly this evening
with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for you and your salvation.
Tenebrae, which is a Latin word meaning "shadows".
On this Good Friday we remember the death of Jesus. As we journey to the cross
we will extinguish the candles one by one. Following the final hymn,
the Christ candle will be removed briefly from the sanctuary to signify Christ's death.
After the church bell tolls thirty-three times (to signal Jesus' thirty-three years),
the Christ candle will be brought back
as a foretaste of the resurrection that we will celebrate on Easter.
WE GATHER AT THE CROSS
Welcome and God’s Greeting
Offering this evening is for the Grimsby Life Centre
* We Sing ~ “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us"
The First Reading
Matthew 26:17-29 NIV: The Last Supper
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Declaration of God’s Invitation and Promises
The Communion ~ Our Participation in the Bread and Cup
You are invited to come forward to the Communion
Stations to receive the bread and the cup.
Each aisle will exit from the right and re-enter on the left.
If you are un-able to come forward an elder will serve you.
During Communion We Sing ~ “Lamb of God”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
The first candle is extinguished.
The Second Reading
Matthew 26:36-46 NIV: Gethsemane
Song of Response ~ PsH 381 “Go to Dark Gethsemane”
Matthew 26:47-56 NIV: Jesus Arrested
The second candle is extinguished.
Song of Response ~ PsH 386 “Ah, Holy Jesus”
The Third Reading
Mark 15:1-15 NIV: Jesus Before Pilate
The third candle is extinguished.
Ministry of Music ~ “Via Dolorosa”
The Fourth Reading
Mark 15:16-20 NIV: The Soldiers Mock Jesus
Ministry of Music ~ Men’s Chorus “Were You There?”
Mark 15:21-32 NIV: The Crucifixion of Jesus
The fourth candle is extinguished.
* Song of Response ~ LUYH 177 “The Power of the Cross”
The Fifth Reading
Matthew 27:45-54 NIV: The Death of Jesus
The fifth candle is extinguished.
* Song of Response ~ “The Wonderful Cross”
The Sixth Reading
Isaiah 53:3-10a NRSV: The Suffering Servant
The sixth candle is extinguished.
* Song of Response ~ “Above All”
Homily: “The Everyday Spiritual Discipline of Feeling Pain”
* Song of Response ~ PsH 383 “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
The Seventh Reading
Matthew 27:62-66 NIV: The Guard at the Tomb
The seventh candle, representing Jesus Christ, the Light of the world,
is hidden as Jesus’ body was hidden in the shadows of the tomb.
* Song of Response ~ v.1,2 “In Christ Alone”
Darkness ~ The Tolling of the Bell
Please leave this time of worship in quiet reflection
on the suffering and death of our Savior.
Plan to return on Easter morning for our celebration of the Resurrected Lord!
Pastors: Sid Couperus, Fred VanderBerg;
Music Ministry: Katrina DeRoche, Lisa Stieva, Will Lammers, Men’s Chorus
See, Christ was wounded for our sake,
so by his sufferings we are healed,
for God has laid our guilt on him.
-Brian Foley, from Isaiah 53