Good Friday Worship Service, 04/02/21

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded        ELW 351

1  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.

2  How pale thou art with anguish,

with sore abuse and scorn;

how does thy face now languish,

 which once was bright as morn!

Thy grief and bitter passion

 were all for sinners’ gain;

mine, mine was the transgression,

but thine the deadly pain.

3  What language shall I borrow

to thank thee, dearest friend,

for this thy dying sorrow,

thy pity without end?

Oh, make me thine forever,

and should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never

outlive my love to thee.

4  Lord, be my consolation;

shield me when I must die;

remind me of thy passion

when my last hour draws nigh.

These eyes, new faith receiving,

from thee shall never move;

for all who die believing

die safely in thy love.

Text: Paul Gerhardt, 1607–1676, based on Arnulf of Louvain, d. 1250; tr. composite


Pastor Steve: Let us pray…

Heavenly King, we do not know what we do when we express hatred instead of love. Help us to know how our actions affect others in this world, for the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

All: Amen.

Isaiah 52:13–53:12  — The suffering servant

See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him —so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals— so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate. Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 52:13–53:12, NRSV)

Psalm: Psalm 22 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Ps. 22:1)

1My God, my God, why have you for- | saken me?

  Why so far from saving me, so far from the words | of my groaning?

2My God, I cry out by day, but you | do not answer;

  by night, but I | find no rest.

3Yet you are the | Holy One,

  enthroned on the prais- | es of Israel.

4Our ancestors put their | trust in you,

  they trusted, and you | rescued them. R

5They cried out to you and | were delivered;

  they trusted in you and were not | put to shame.

6But as for me, I am a worm | and not human,

  scorned by all and despised | by the people.

7All who see me laugh | me to scorn;

  they curl their lips; they | shake their heads.

8“Trust in the Lord; let the | Lord deliver;

  let God rescue him if God so de- | lights in him.” R

9Yet you are the one who drew me forth | from the womb,

  and kept me safe on my | mother’s breast.

10I have been entrusted to you ever since | I was born;

  you were my God when I was still in my | mother’s womb.

11Be not far from me, for trou- | ble is near,

  and there is no | one to help.

12Many young bulls en- | circle me;

  strong bulls of Ba- | shan surround me. R

13They open wide their | jaws at me,

  like a slashing and | roaring lion.

14I am poured out like water; all my bones are | out of joint;

  my heart within my breast is | melting wax.

15My strength is dried up like a potsherd; my tongue sticks to the roof | of my mouth;

  and you have laid me in the | dust of death.

16Packs of dogs close me in, a band of evildoers | circles round me;

  they pierce my hands | and my feet. R

17I can count | all my bones

  while they stare at | me and gloat.

18They divide my gar- | ments among them;

  for my clothing, | they cast lots.

19But you, O Lord, be not | far away;

  O my help, hasten | to my aid.

20Deliver me | from the sword,

  my life from the power | of the dog.

21Save me from the | lion’s mouth!

  From the horns of wild bulls you have | rescued me.

22I will declare your name | to my people;

  in the midst of the assembly | I will praise you. R

23You who fear the Lord, give praise! All you of Jacob’s | line, give glory.

  Stand in awe of the Lord, all you off- | spring of Israel.

24For the Lord does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither is the Lord‘s face hid- | den from them;

  but when they cry out, | the Lord hears them.

25From you comes my praise in the | great assembly;

  I will perform my vows in the sight of those who | fear the Lord.

26The poor shall eat | and be satisfied,

  Let those who seek the Lord give praise! May your hearts | live forever!

27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn | to the Lord;

  all the families of nations shall bow | before God.

28For dominion belongs | to the Lord,

  who rules o- | ver the nations. R

29Indeed, all who sleep in the earth shall bow | down in worship;

  all who go down to the dust, though they be dead, shall kneel be- | fore the Lord.

30Their descendants shall | serve the Lord,

  whom they shall proclaim to genera- | tions to come.

31They shall proclaim God’s deliverance to a people | yet unborn,

  saying to them, “The | Lord has acted!” R

Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 — Jesus is our merciful high priest

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14–16, NRSV)

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him,”(Hebrews 5:7–9, NRSV)

The Gospel

John 18:1–19:42  — The passion and death of Christ

After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “Iam he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” 

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?” So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people. Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself. Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed. 

Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said,“What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.) Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered,“My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” They shouted in reply, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a bandit. 

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.” Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 

Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’ ” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scripture says, “They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.” And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 

Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” (John 18:1–19:42, NRSV)

Hymn Were You There 353

1 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, 


 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

2 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,


Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

3 Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble,


Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

4 Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble,


Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

5 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,


Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Text: African American spiritual


Reflect on the nail you were given and the sins in you life it represents.


His tears were mine – by Sally Deford 

Bob Nelson 

BIDDING PRAYER (Each petition concludes with…)

Pastor:        … we ask this through Christ our Lord.

All:        Amen

Bidding Prayer

The assembly kneels or sits. The assisting minister leads the invitations to prayer (the bids). Silence for prayer follows each bid. The presiding minister leads the prayers that conclude the silence.

Let us pray, brothers and sisters, for the holy church throughout the world.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you have shown your glory to all nations in Jesus Christ.

By your Holy Spirit guide the church

and gather it throughout the world.

Help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name,

and bring the good news of salvation in Christ to all people.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for Elizabeth and Amy our bishops, for pastors, for Anne, Karen, Paul, Jennifer, Sarah, Tim, and Tyler, sand all servants of the church, and for all the people of God.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

your Spirit guides the church and makes it holy.

Strengthen and uphold our bishops, pastors,

other ministers, and lay leaders.

Keep them in health and safety for the good of the church,

and help each of us in our various vocations

to do faithfully the work to which you have called us.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those preparing for baptism.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you continue to bless the church.

Increase the faith and understanding of those preparing for baptism.

Give them new birth as your children,

and keep them in the faith and communion of your holy church.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for our sisters and brothers who share our faith in Jesus Christ.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you give your church unity.

Look with favor on all who follow Jesus your Son.

Make all the baptized one in the fullness of faith,

and keep us united in the fellowship of love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and your teaching to Moses.

Hear our prayers that the people you called and elected as your own

may receive the fulfillment of the covenant’s promises.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, gather into your embrace

all those who call out to you under different names.

Bring an end to inter-religious strife,

and make us more faithful witnesses

of the love made known to us in your Son.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those who do not believe in God.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God, you created humanity

so that all may long to know you and find peace in you.

Grant that all may recognize the signs of your love and grace

in the world and in the lives of Christians,

and gladly acknowledge you as the one true God.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for God’s creation.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you are the creator of a magnificent universe.

Hold all the worlds in the arms of your care

and bring all things to fulfillment in you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those who serve in public office.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you are the champion of the poor and oppressed.

In your goodness, give wisdom to those in authority,

so that all people may enjoy justice, peace, freedom,

and a share in the goodness of your creation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Let us pray for those in need.

Silent prayer.

Almighty and eternal God,

you give strength to the weary

and new courage to those who have lost heart.

Heal the sick, comfort the dying, give safety to travelers,

free those unjustly deprived of liberty,

and deliver your world from falsehood, hunger, and disease.

Hear the prayers of all who call on you in any trouble,

that they may have the joy of receiving your help in their need.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Finally, let us pray for all those things for which our Lord would have us ask.

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.


Time spent in prolonged personal confession. You may use the nail you have been given to focus your confessional meditation.


I Surrender All

Verse 1

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

I will ever love and trust Him

In His presence daily live


I surrender all

I surrender all

All to Thee my blessed Savior

I surrender all

Verse 2

All to Jesus I surrender

Humbly at His feet I bow

Worldly pleasures all forsaken

Take me Jesus take me now


I surrender all

I surrender all

All to Thee my blessed Savior

I surrender all

Verse 3

All to Jesus I surrender

Make me Savior wholly Thine

Let me feel the Holy Spirit

Truly know that Thou art mine


I surrender all

I surrender all

All to Thee my blessed Savior

I surrender all

Verse 4

All to Jesus I surrender

Lord I give myself to Thee

Fill me with Thy love and power

Let Thy blessing fall on me


I surrender all

I surrender all

All to Thee my blessed Savior

I surrender all

(pr steve…)


The nail, of course, has special significance for us. It is our Christian belief that Jesus was nailed to the cross not only by the soldiers who were assigned to do that awful deed; not only by the Pharisees and the crowd who would not rest until he had been nailed there; not only by Pontius Pilate, who issued the order that nailed him there…but also by each of us. We, too, are responsible for his death.

The purpose of the nail is to give each of us the opportunity, if we wish, to enact our part in his crucifixion – by placing our nail into one of the holes in the wooden cross which has been our focus throughout this Lenten season.

When you come to worship on Easter Sunday morning, that same cross will be in front of our sanctuary, but, without the nails in it. Instead, it will be draped with a white cloth, representing the clothes discovered by the women who came to the tomb and found the tomb empty, except for the linens left behind.

After the Procession of the Cross, please leave the sanctuary in silence to go outside and place your nail in the cross.

PROCESSION OF THE CROSS (stopping three times)

(cross stops at entrance to sanctuary)

Pastor: Behold, the life-giving cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world.

All: Oh, come, let us worship Him.

(cross stops in the Narthex)

Pastor: Behold, the life-giving cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world.

All: Oh, come, let us worship Him.

Pastor: Behold, the life-giving cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world.

All: Oh, come, let us worship Him.


(All process outside, circling around the cross) 

Pastor:        We adore you, O Christ, and bless you.

All: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Please leave, when you are ready, in SILENCE.

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