Worship at Home Good Friday 2020

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Sadly, the Owensville Rosebud Ministerial Alliance is unable to have our Good Friday Service this year. You are invited to worship at home with the traditional Service of Tenebrae. “Tenebrae” is the Latin word meaning shadows.  As scriptures are read, candles are extinguished, and the sanctuary is darkened.

To have a Tenebrae Service:

  • You will need to gather candles and place them on a bare table. When you are ready to begin, light your candles.
  • As you read through the scriptures, you will extinguish one candle at a time. You may need to adjust when you extinguish your candles based on how many you have.
  • When you are down to just one candle, turn off the lights in your room before extinguishing the last candle. After you put out the last candle, sit quietly in the dark and remember the great sacrifice that Jesus has made for us.

Service of Tenebrae

Lighting of the Candles

Prayer: Holy God, this is the end of Holy Week. What began with so much joy and hope on Sunday ends in betrayal, denial, confusion, mockery and death on Friday. In our lives, we have betrayed and been betrayed. We have denied and been denied. We have been confused and caused confusion. We have mocked and been mocked. We all will face death. Jesus knows our pain and hopes. It is through Jesus’ death that we are forgiven and loved. Jesus remember and forgive us. Amen.

First Reading                     Betrayal and Arrest                John 18:1-14

Hymn                         “Go to Dark Gethsemane”                           #126

Go to dark Gethsemane, Ye that feel the tempter’s pow’r;

Your Redeemer’s conflict see; Watch with him one bitter hour;

Turn not from his griefs away; Learn from him to watch and pray.

Second Reading       Jesus, Peter and the High Priest     John 18:15-27

Hymn                         “Go to Dark Gethsemane”                           #126

See him at the judgement hall, Beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;

See him meekly bearing all! Love to man his soul sustained.

Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; Learn of Christ to bear the cross.

Third Reading                      Jesus and Pilate                 John 18:28-40

Hymn                   “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”                     #126

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.

Fourth Reading              Jesus is Declared King            John 19:1-16a

Hymn                   “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”                     #127

How art thou pale with anguish, With sore abuse and scorn;

How does that visage languish Which once was birth as morn!

O make me thine forever, And should I fainting be,

Mine, mine was the transgression, But thine the deadly pain.

Fifth Reading                      Jesus is Crucified              John 19:16b-30

Hymn                   “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”                     #127

What language shall I borrow To thank the, 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 to thee.

Sixth Reading                  Jesus’ Side is Pierced             John 19:31-37

Hymn                               “Were You There”                                 #223

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?

Seventh Reading                   Jesus is Buried                  John 19:38-42

Hymn                               “Were You There”                                 #223

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?

Silent Prayer

After turning of the lights and putting out the last candle, sit silently while meditating on the passion story.

 

 

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