April 19, 2019

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.



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


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!

Service Participants:

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

Karin Terpstra