Good Friday 2021

FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021                                    GOOD FRIDAY
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
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Tonight’s service is a version of the ancient Office of Tenebrae, traditionally used on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night of Holy Week. Tenebrae is the Latin word for darkness. The Office makes symbolical use of darkness and silence to impress on worshipers the consequence of sin and the greatness of our Savior’s sacrifice. The symbolism of the Office of Tenebrae includes.
1. The worshipers penitent sorrow for sins which caused Christ’s suffering;
2. The three hours of darkness at the time of the Crucifixion;
3. The sense of abandonment experienced by Jesus in his passion; and
4. The final triumph of our crucified Lord.
The office begins in silence. The absence of an organ prelude intensifies the somber mood. The Office ends in almost total darkness. The 13 special candles symbolize Jesus and the 12 Disciples. The periodic extinguishing of the 12 candles signifies the flight of the Disciples. The removal of the Christ Candle symbolizes Jesus’ death and its return symbolizes the resurrection. The noise of the closing of the book recalls Jesus’ words, “It is finished” and acknowledges that the meaning of the cross is fulfilled. In keeping with the solemnity of this day, there is no organ postlude and all leave the Church in silence.
THE OFFERING The offering will not be collected during the service, but may be placed in the offering plate either before or after worship.
For those who are participating online, we also accept offerings electronically via PayPal, as found on our website ( or Facebook page (

P. We begin our worship on this solemn night, as we observe the death of our Lord Jesus, in the name of our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

THE OPENING PSALM:  Psalm 22:1-24
P.  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

C. O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.

P.  Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.

C.  In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.

P. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

C. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.

P. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:

C. "He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him."

P.  Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast.

C. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God.

P. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

C. Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.

P.  Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.

C. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.

P.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.

C. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.

P.  I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.

C. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

P. But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

C. Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.

P.  Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

C. I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.

P. You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

C. For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

THE HOMILY:  “It Is Finished”  
text: John 19:30
Isaiah 53: 1-6
(The first set of candles is now extinguished.)

HYMN: 425 “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” (1-2)
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.
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.

Luke 22:39-46
(The second set of candles is now extinguished.)

HYMN: 425 “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” (3-4)
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?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a tribute far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all!

Luke 22:47-53
(The third set of candles is now extinguished.)

HYMN: 438  “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” (1-2)
A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth, The guilt of all men bearing; And laden with the sins of earth, None else the burden sharing! Goes patient on, grow weak and faint, To slaughter led without complaint, That spotless life to offer; Bears shame and stripes, and wounds and death, Anguish and mockery, and saith, "Willing all this I suffer.”

This Lamb is Christ, the soul's great Friend, The Lamb of God, our Savior;
Him God the Father chose to send To gain for us His favor. "Go forth, My Son," the Father saith, "And free men from the fear of death, From guilt and condemnation. The wrath and stripes are hard to bear, But by Thy Passion men shall share The fruit of Thy salvation."

Luke 22:54-62
(The fourth set of candles is now extinguished.)

HYMN: 450 “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” (1,3,5,)
O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, Thine only crown.
O sacred Head, what glory, What bliss, till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine.

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, And grant to me Thy grace.

What language shall I borrow To thank Thee, dearest Friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever! And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never, Outlive my love for Thee.

Luke 23:26-38
(The fifth set of candles is now extinguished.)

HYMN: 451 “Stricken, Smitten, And Afflicted”
Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, See Him dying on the tree! 'Tis the Christ, by man rejected; Yes, my soul, 'tis He, 'tis He! 'Tis the long-expected Prophet, David's Son, yet David's Lord; Proofs I see sufficient of it:
'Tis the true and faithful Word.
Tell me, ye who hear Him groaning, Was there ever grief like His? Friends through fear His cause disowning, Foes insulting His distress; Many hands were raised to wound Him, None would interpose to save; But the deepest stroke that pierced Him Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly Nor suppose the evil great Here may view its nature rightly, Here its guilt may estimate. Mark the sacrifice appointed, See who bears the awful load; 'Tis the Word, the Lord's anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation, Here the refuge of the lost; Christ, the Rock of our salvation, His the name of which we boast: Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, Sacrifice to cancel guilt! None shall ever be confounded Who on Him their hope have built.

Luke 23:39-43
(The sixth set of candles is now extinguished.)

HYMN: 452 “O Perfect Life Of Love” (1,5)
O perfect life of love!
All, all, is finished now,
All that He left His throne above
To do for us below.
In perfect love He dies;
For me He dies, for me.
O all atoning Sacrifice,
I cling by faith to Thee.

Luke 23:44-46
(The Christ Candle is now removed for a short time, symbolizing Jesus’ death.  The light is returned in anticipation of the light of Easter.)


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; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever  and ever. Amen.

P. They looked upon the One they had pierced

C. And we too look on the One who died and wonder…We wonder why – Why this final insult on one already dead.

P. They looked upon the One they had pierced and saw blood flowing from his hands – his feet – his side

C. And we too look upon the One who died and wonder ... we wonder that such an offering had to be made - the blood of a spotless lamb.  Was God so angry with his people?

P. They looked upon the One they had pierced and saw water flowing from the wound in his side.

C. And we too look upon the One who died and wonder ... we wonder at the greatness of this gift:  Water from his side - that washes our sin away - water from One who died offering us a way to new life.
P. They looked upon the One they had pierced and thought that they had won – the Word of God was silenced – the Light of the World was extinguished – the Way was blocked – the Truth questioned – the Life was dead.

C. Father, forgive them - they did not know what they were doing.  Father, forgive us - for often we do not know what we are doing.
P. They looked upon the One they had pierced and thought that they had judged rightly – the Son of God who challenged their gods was wrong and they had defeated him.

C. But God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it.  God sent his Son into the world to save it - to save us.
P.  They looked upon the One they had pierced and saw death and emptiness.

C. And we too look upon the One who died and wonder ... we wonder at so great a love - a love that does not count the cost of loving - a love that offers its very self so that we might live - a love that would have done the same had I been the only one who needed it.

P. The sacrifice of love stretched out his arms on the cross.

C. One for all.     
P. So great a love

C. So great a sacrifice…

P. May the Lord Almighty order our days and our deeds in his peace.

C. Amen.

P. We leave this evening grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf.

C. Amen.

HYMN: 537 “Beautiful Savior”
Beautiful Savior, King of creation, Son of God and Son of Man! Truly I'd love Thee, Truly I'd serve Thee, Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.
Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands, Robed in flow'rs of blooming spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer; He makes our sorr'wing spirit sing.
Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high; Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer Than all the angels in the sky.
Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations, Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, Praise, adoration, Now and forevermore be Thine!


We now leave the church in silence, remembering that it was for our sins that Jesus died.

  September 2021  
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