7 April 2023


Our service today is a continuation of the worship which began last evening, Maundy Thursday. Today, we gather to celebrate our Lord’s sacrifice on the cross. The Good Friday liturgy is both an austere time of reflection and intercession, as well as an adoration of Christ, the sacrificial lamb.

TENEBRAE is a Latin word meaning “darkness” or “shadows”. This traditional type of Good Friday service originated more than a thousand years ago. The Tenebrae Service is characterized by a successive extinguishing of candles as the Passion narrative is read. This is representative of the approaching end of our Lord’s life. At the conclusion of the service, the strepidus, a harsh noise, is heard representing the closing of Jesus’ tomb.

Again, there is no Benediction as our service does not really end today, but rather continues on toward its climax, the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter morning.

The congregation and Presiding and Assisting ministers enter in silence.




419 Savior, When in Dust to Thee LSB 419 sts. 1,

1 Savior, when in dust to Thee
Low we bow the_adoring knee;
When, repentant, to the skies
Scarce we lift our weeping eyes;
O, by all Thy pains and woe
Suffered once for us below,
Bending from Thy throne on high,
Hear our penitential cry!

3 By Thine hour of dire despair,
By Thine agony of prayer,
By the cross, the nail, the thorn,
Piercing spear, and torturing scorn,
By the gloom that veiled the skies
er the dreadful sacrifice,
Listen to our humble sigh;
Hear our penitential cry!

Text: Public domain


P Let us pray.

Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and delivered into the hands of sinful men to suffer death upon the cross; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.



P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighteenth chapter.

Reading: John 18:1–11 (Betrayal and arrest of Jesus)

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

The First candle is extinguished.

449 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded LSB 449 sts. 1, 3

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.

3 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.

Text: attr. Bernard of Clairvaux, 10911153; German version, Paul Gerhardt, 1607–76; tr. The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, alt.
Tune: Hans Leo Hassler, 15641612
Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004199
Tune: Public domain

Reading: John 18:12–27 (Jesus before the High Priest and the Denial of Peter)

So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the servants 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?” Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.

The Second candle is extinguished.

431 Not All the Blood of Beasts LSB 431 sts. 12, 4

1 Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain
Could give the guilty conscience peace
Or wash away the stain.

2 But Christ, the heav’nly Lamb,
Takes all our sins away;
A sacrifice of nobler name
And richer blood than they.

4 My soul looks back to see
The burden Thou didst bear
When hanging on the cursèd tree;
I know my guilt was there.

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674–1748, alt.Tune: William Daman, c. 1540–1591Text and tune: Public domain

Reading: John 18:28–40 (Jesus before Pilate)

Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor's headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor's headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him. But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

The Third candle is extinguished.

430 My Song Is Love Unknown LSB 430 sts. 1, 34

1 My song is love unknown,
My Saviors love to me,
Love to the loveless shown
That they might lovely be.
Oh, who am I
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh and die?

3 Sometimes they strew His way
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King.
Then Crucify!
Is all their breath,
And for His death
They thirst and cry.

4 Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
He gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries!
Yet they at these
Themselves displease
And gainst Him rise.

Text: Samuel Crossman, c. 16241683Tune: John N. Ireland, 1879–1962Text: Public domain
Tune: © John Ireland Trust. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004199

Reading: John 19:1–16a (Jesus Prepared for Crucifixion)

Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

The fourth candle is extinguished.

425 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross LSB 425 sts. 1, 3

1 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.

3 See, from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did eer such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674–1748
Tune: Lowell Mason, 1792–1872
Text and tune: Public domain

Reading: John 19:16b–24 (The Crucifixion of Jesus)

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘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 garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,

They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”

So the soldiers did these things.

439 O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken LSB 439 sts. 12, 4

1 O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken
That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?
Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession,
What dark transgression?

2 They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge Thee;
With cruel mockings to the cross they urge Thee;
They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee;
They crucify Thee.

4 What punishment so strange is suffered yonder!
The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander;
The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him,
Who would not know Him.

Text: Johann Heermann, 1585–1647; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827–78, alt.
Tune: Johann Crüger, 15981662
Text and tune: Public domain

Reading: John 19:25–30 (Jesus’ Mother and His Death)

[But] standing by 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 nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

The fifth candle is extinguished.

447 Jesus, in Your Dying Woes LSB 447 sts. 1, 7, 13, 16

1 Jesus, in Your dying woes,
Even while Your lifeblood flows,
Craving pardon for Your foes:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

7 Jesus, loving to the end
Her whose heart Your sorrows rend,
And Your dearest human friend:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

13 Jesus, in Your thirst and pain,
While Your wounds Your lifeblood drain,
Thirsting more our love to gain:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

16 Jesus, all our ransom paid,
All Your Fathers will obeyed;
By Your suffrings perfect made:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

Reading: John 19:31–42 (Jesus’ Side Is Pierced)

Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So 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. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

The sixth candle is extinguished.

761 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me LSB 761 sts. 1, 3

1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure:
Cleanse me from its guilt and pow’r.

3 Nothing in my hand I bring;
Simply to Thy cross I cling.
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

Text: Augustus M. Toplady, 1740–78Tune: Thomas Hastings, 1784–1872Text and tune: Public domain



Good Friday April 9, 2023 The St. Matthew Passion

What the Cross is Not

Everything today gets analyzed and judged based on politics, race, gender, and economics. Even Christ’s crucifixion. I read just such an examination of Jesus’ death on the cross a few weeks ago. I absolutely disagree with the author’s ideas. But it’s important sometimes to proclaim not only what we believe, but also to say clearly what we don’t believe. We need to separate biblical truth from unbiblical falsehood lest we be deceived and possibly lose our faith.

For years there has been a theory floating around that Jesus was more of a political revolutionary than a religious figure. It is said that Jesus was more about improving people’s lives in this world than offering them salvation in the world to come. Some people say Jesus was the first Communist. We know that isn’t true. Why?

Jesus said his Kingdom was not of this world. He turned down every opportunity he had to raise a rebellion against the Roman invaders and be an earthly king. Yet, the new twist on the old false teaching is that Jesus died to protest the oppressive Roman government and that his example urges us to stand up against all alleged oppressors today. Certainly, Jesus is not a supporter of tyrants, but Christ’s death is not about political theory, or economic systems, or how we should vote. His political ideology didn’t get him killed. It was those who valued their ideology and power above his life that killed him.

Yet, there are those who say that the Crucifixion was an accident of sorts, something thought up and acted out by the religious and political leaders to thwart Jesus’ radical agenda. They deny that Christ’s cross was something necessary: foreseen and ordained by God from before the Beginning. Genesis talks about Christ smashing the serpent’s head. Isaiah prophecies the advent of God’s suffering servant. The cross wasn’t something that just happened by chance; it was something that had to happen. It was necessary for our salvation. It was no surprise to God the Father or Jesus the Son. They saw it coming before Jesus was born,

Jesus’ death on the cross didn’t make God love us, as some people say. God has always loved us and always will. God never hated us. Jesus didn’t have to change the Father’s mind. But God does hate our sin. How could a holy God do otherwise? God holds us accountable for our sin because He’s fair, honest, and just. That doesn’t mean He doesn’t love us. Insisting one follows God’s commandments and do what’s right isn’t hatred. Setting boundaries, having discipline and accountability are ways to show love. God loves us enough to correct us when we need it – and do we ever need it!

Sin must be atoned for. Actions have consequences. Debts must be paid. Consider this: Imagine you had a catastrophic illness, and the medical bill was in the millions of dollars. You couldn’t afford to pay for that. But what if your insurance paid all of it. It wasn’t free. Someone had to pay the hospital and doctors and nurses and such. But the insurance company paid them, not you. For you, it was like the surgery was free. The insurance company’s payment benefitted you.

In a similar way, Jesus pays the debt incurred by our sin and we benefit. Scripture tells us that the wages of sin is death. Our debt to God is infinite. We can’t pay for it. Only God could cover that. Jesus payed it for us because he is God. Like a cosigner on a loan, like an insurance company covering their insured person, Jesus steps in and takes on our debt, our sin, the consequences of our transgressions against God, and suffers the penalty: death in our place. Thereby he wipes out our debt; he liberates us from the consequences of our sin, at the price of his own life.

Jesus gives that gift to everyone. Inexplicably, some people won’t take the gift. They staunchly refuse it. Why some people won’t accept the greatest gift in the universe, no one can explain. It makes no sense but it’s true. Some people would rather cling to their own false beliefs in Hell than know the joys of Heaven. Actually, in Hell, they will know that Jesus is Lord, but it will be too late. There are no atheists in Hell.

The circumstances of our birth have no effect on where we will spend eternity. No one has a claim on Christ’s love because of their race or social status or whatever. There are good Christian believers among all types of people. There are evil non-believers among all types of people too. Being part of a majority doesn’t make you holy. It doesn’t make you unholy either. God looks at the heart. Not being a part of majority doesn’t make you holy or unholy either. Again, God looks at the heart.

Did you see those “Jesus Gets Us” commercials during the Super Bowl? One said, “Jesus loves the people we hate.” That’s true. It is also true that Jesus loves the people doing the hating. He loves everybody. The people that are hated also hate people themselves. Oh yeah. We’re all sinners. We’re all haters in some way. And God loves both the hated and haters, and each and every one of us is both hater and hated, we are all both saint and sinner.

If you think that you’re not a sinner, then you must think that Jesus didn’t die for you because he died for sinners. And if you cannot accept that Jesus died for you, then you have excluded yourself from his debt forgiveness program called The Cross. Then you are not covered by his payment. You are outside his salvation, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. But that doesn’t have to be anyone’s fate. That is not the fate of those who believe in Jesus Christ, those who are washed in his blood.

When Jesus died, he looked like a criminal, like a political rebel getting his due. He looked like a loser. The Jews believed from their interpretation of scripture that anyone crucified like that was outside the realm of God’s love, that he was cursed by God Himself. Jesus was vindicated by the Resurrection. By rising from the dead, he proved his innocence and his murders’ guilt. It proved that he was right, and they were wrong. It showed once and for all that he is the Son of God.

So today we look to Christ on the cross. The cross is not a political symbol. It’s not the possession of any group or ideology. It’s not a symbol of hate. Jesus on the cross is love in action. The cross is hope. The cross points us to the triumphant joy of Easter. See you Sunday. Amen.

Choir Anthem



P Let us pray for the whole Christian Church, that our Lord God would defend her against all the assaults and temptations of the adversary and keep her perpetually on the true foundation, Jesus Christ:

P Almighty and everlasting God, since You have revealed Your glory to all nations in Jesus Christ and in the Word of His truth, keep, we ask You, in safety the works of Your mercy so that Your Church, spread throughout all the nations, may be defended against the adversary and may serve You in true faith and persevere in the confession of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Let us pray for all ministers of the Word, for all vocations in the Church, and for all the people of God:

P Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified, receive the supplications and prayers which we offer before You for all Your servants in Your Holy Church that every member of the same may truly serve You according to Your calling; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Let us pray for our catechumens, that our Lord God would open their hearts and the door of His mercy that, having received the remission of all their sins by the washing of regeneration, they may be mindful of their Baptism and evermore be found in Christ Jesus, our Lord:

P Almighty God and Father, because You always grant growth to Your Church, increase the faith and understanding of our catechumens that, rejoicing in their new birth by the water of Holy Baptism, they may forever continue in the family of those whom You adopt as Your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Let us pray for all in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty:

P O merciful Father in heaven, because You hold in Your hand all the might of man and because You have ordained, for the punishment of evil-doers and for the praise of those who do well, all the powers that exist in all the nations of the world, we humbly pray You graciously to regard Your servants,

especially our President; the Congress of the United States; our Governor; and all those who make, administer, and judge our laws;

that all who receive the sword as Your ministers may bear it according to Your Word; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Let us pray our Lord God Almighty that He would deliver the world from all error, take away disease, ward off famine, set free those in bondage, grant health to the sick and a safe journey to all who travel:

P Almighty and everlasting God, the consolation of the sorrowful and the strength of the weak, may the prayers of those who in any tribulation or distress cry to You graciously come before You, so that in all their necessities they may rejoice in Your manifold help and comfort; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Let us pray for all who are outside the Church, that our Lord God would be pleased to deliver them from their error, call them to faith in the true and living God and His only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and gather them into His family, the Church:

P Almighty and everlasting God, because You seek not the death but the life of all, hear our prayers for all who have no right knowledge of You, free them from their error, and for the glory of Your name bring them into the fellowship of Your holy Church; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Let us pray for peace, that we may come to the knowledge of God’s Holy Word and walk before Him as is fitting for Christians:

P Almighty and everlasting God, King of Glory, and Lord of heaven and earth, by whose Spirit all things are governed, by whose providence all things are ordered, the God of peace and the author of all concord, grant us, we implore You, Your heavenly peace and concord that we may serve You in true fear, to the praise and glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Let us pray for our enemies, that God would remember them in mercy and graciously grant them such things as are both needful for them and profitable for their salvation:

P O almighty, everlasting God, through Your only Son, our blessed Lord, You have commanded us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, and to pray for those who persecute us. We therefore earnestly implore You that by Your gracious visitation all our enemies may be led to true repentance and may have the same love and be of one accord and one mind and heart with us and with Your whole Christian Church; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Let us pray for the fruits of the earth, that God would send down His blessing upon them and graciously dispose our hearts to enjoy them according to His own good will:

P O Lord, Father Almighty, by Your Word You created and You continue to bless and uphold all things. We pray You so to reveal to us Your Word, our Lord Jesus Christ that, through His dwelling in our hearts, we may by Your grace be made ready to receive Your blessing on all the fruits of the earth and whatsoever pertains to our bodily need; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Finally, let us pray for all those things for which our Lord would have us ask, saying:

C 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.

Please direct your attention towards the wooden crucifix to the right of the

chancel. The following is repeated three times.

P Behold, the life-giving cross on which was hung the salvation of the world.

C O come, let us worship Him.



P Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer Me. For I have raised you up out of the prison house of sin and death, and you have delivered up your Redeemer to be scourged. For I have redeemed you from the house of bondage, and you have nailed your Savior to the cross. O my people.

C Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer; God eternal, leave us not to bitter death. O Lord, have mercy.

P Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer Me. For I have conquered all your foes, and you have given Me over and delivered Me to those who persecute Me. For I have fed you with My Word and refreshed you with living water, and you have given Me gall and vinegar to drink. O my people.

C Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer; God eternal, allow us not to lose hope in the face of death and hell. O Lord, have mercy.

P Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer Me. What more could have been done for My vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad? My people, is this how you thank your God? O my people.

C Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer; God eternal, keep us steadfast in the true faith. O Lord, have mercy.

The seventh candle is extinguished.


456 Were You There LSB 456 sts. 13

1 Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh . . .
Sometimes it causes me to 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,
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

3 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,
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Text and tune: African American spiritual, 19th cent., alt.
Text and tune: Public domain

The strepitus is sounded.


P Let us pray.

We implore You, O Lord, that Your abundant blessing may be upon Your people who have held the passion and death of Your Son in devout remembrance, that we may receive Your pardon and the gift of Your comfort, and may increase in faith and take hold of eternal salvation; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

P Depart in peace.

The pastor and congregation leave in silence.


Good Friday (Chief Service), from Lutheran Service Book.