Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – 12 Noon

St. Paul United Church of Christ, Taylor

March 25, 2016

 

PRELUDE Sally Sigman, Organist

As the congregation enters the sanctuary, please maintain a reverent silence

as you seat yourself within the cross that marks our sanctuary pews.

INTROIT  “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” [No. 124, Verses 1-3]

CALL TO WORSHIP (Unison)

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world,

and we loved the darkness rather than light.

God is light, in whom there is no darkness at all.

For God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world,

but that the world might be saved through him.

Every one who does evil hates the light,

and does not come to the light,

but all who do what is true come to the light.

Come, let is worship in spirit and in truth.

CHIME RESPONSE  “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

GREETING FOR GOD’S FRIDAY  Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas

SCRIPTURE  Hosea 6:1-6  Aaron Johnson

HYMN (Insert – No. 198)  “Were You There?”

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER (debts, debtors)

SOLO  “In Christ Alone,”  Kari Cappello, Soloist

ORDER OF THE TENEBRAE (WITH SOLO – “VIA DOLOROSA”)

   Lectors: Pastor Cheryl Schalm, Doreen Thompson, Matthew Isaacs, Ann

   Schmoekel, Kathy Peters, Chris Chavez; soloist Eileen Vernor Drutchas]

   During our noontime Tenebrae, Christ’s passion, suffering, and sacrifice

   are remembered.  As each significant moment on his final, fateful day is    

   recalled, another candle is extinguished, leaving our chancel in darkness.

 

 

A READING OF PROPHECY FULFILLED  Isaiah 53:4-9

TOLLING OF THE BELL

As the church bell is tolled and worship leaders and lectors depart down the center aisle, the congregation is invited to come forward to lay their purple flower at the foot of the cross and then depart in reverent silence through the front doors of the church, maintaining vigil until Easter’s dawn.

 

 

“WERE YOU THERE?”

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?  

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?  

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

 

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?                           

 

WORSHIP NOTES   
Our noontime witness to Jesus’ death on the cross is a Tenebrae Service. Tenebrae” means darkness or shadow and refers to the custom of successively extinguishing candles as the story of Jesus’ final hours is progressively told.  Tenebrae Services are usually held in the evening. But our church  and others have followed the practice of also offering a Tenebrae Service mid-day, coinciding with the afternoon hours of Jesus’ crucifixion when scripture tells us the “whole country” was plunged into darkness.   (Matthew 27:45)