Worship Elements for Good Friday

Christians celebrate the Resurrection every Lord’s Day, but to truly experience the glory of a risen Lord, one must be confronted with the grief and sadness of a crucified and dead Lord. Good Friday is the day of Holy Week observed by the church in remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion. It is a somber occasion, quiet and shrouded. Many traditions observe a Tenebrae service, or a “Service of Darkness.” It has become our tradition at Uptown to include the Seven Last Words of Christ as part of our observance. These words are compiled from the four gospel accounts, as no one gospel contains them all,and they have been the subject of much study, discourse, and artistic representation.

We come to the Good Friday service in a different posture and frame of mind than on a typical Sunday morning. We enter in quiet reflection, prayer, and humility and prepare to walk the path to the cross. We leave this service in a similar state, considering what it must have been like for Mary and the disciples for those dark days. This carries through until the light and joy of the resurrection burst forth in glorious day on Easter morning!

REFLECTION

(chanted antiphon in the Eastern Orthodox observance of Good Friday)

Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross.
Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross .
Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross 

He who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns.
He who wraps the Heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery.
He who in Jordan set Adam free receives blows upon His face.
The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails.
The Son of the Virgin is pierced with a spear.

We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ
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We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ.
We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ.

Show us also Thy glorious Resurrection.

THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST

The First Word: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

The Second Word: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

The Third Word: “Woman, behold your son: behold your mother.” (John 19:26-27)

The Fourth Word: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).

The Fifth Word: “I thirst.” (John 19:28)

The Sixth Word: “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

The Seventh Word: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

THE WORD

Scripture : Genesis 15

Homily: “Beneath the Cross of Jesus is our Abiding Place”
Preacher: Rev. Tyler Dirks, RUF Campus Minister, JWU

SONGS

Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne

What Wondrous Love is This
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O Come and Mourn With Me Awhile
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Psalm 22 (lament and confession)
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O Sacred Head Now Wounded
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Hallelujah, What a Savior (Man of Sorrows)
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The Power of the Cross
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Who is This, So Weak and Helpless?
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Beneath the Cross of Jesus
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