Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Good Friday April 10, 2020
Good Friday Online Worship @ Home Order of Service
Though we are in various places on this Good Friday, we gather our hearts together for worship. This service does not include the full Scripture texts that are traditionally read on Good Friday. So I encourage you to use your Bible at home to read the full Scripture lessons for the day.
You may access the link to the video recording for this service, and full text order of worship on the church website, www.emmanuelumc.org.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Isaiah 52:13-53:12
THE PSALM Psalm 22
THE EPISTLE LESSON Hebrews 10:16-25
THE GOSPEL LESSON John 18:1 – 19:42
GATHERING WORDS (If you are worshipping with others, you may use two or more voices in a “Call to Worship” style).
Our God of love has made a new covenant with us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
God writes His laws upon our hearts and minds.
Because of Christ, our sins are remembered no more.
The curtain that stood between the Creator and the created has been torn apart.
In Christ, God stands in the gap to bring us salvation.
We enter into worship with reverence and awe. God in Christ has done amazing things for us and for all the world. It is marvelous in our sight.
By the blood of Christ, we enter God’s sanctuary with confidence and joy. We approach God’s throne of grace knowing that Jesus, our Great High Priest, made a way for us to be one with the Father.
We come to renew our spirits as we hold fast to the hope that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thanks be to God.
HYMN O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done #287
v. 1 O Love divine, what has thou done! The immortal God hath died for me!
The Father’s co-eternal Son, bore all my sins upon the tree.
Th’ immortal God for me hath died: My Lord, my Love, is crucified!
v.2 Is crucified for me and you, to bring us rebels back to God.
Believe, believe the record true, ye all are bought with Jesus’ blood.
Pardon for all flows from his side: My Lord, my Love, is crucified!
v. 3. Behold him, all ye that pass by, the bleeding Prince of life and peace!
Come, sinners, see your Savior die, and say, “Was ever grief like his?”
Come, feel with me his blood applied: and My Lord, my Love, is crucified!
OPENING PRAYER O Loving and Suffering God, your death-shattering love for us and for all the world was revealed at Golgotha. Your faithfulness sustained Jesus through His own suffering and death; lead us through the story of Good Friday to face our own pain and suffering, especially in these challenging days in which we live. Draw us to the foot of your cross where we may come to know the power of your love that changes lives, beginning with our own. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GOSPEL READING John 19:16b-41 (NIV)
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. 19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” 23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”
So this is what the soldiers did. 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[b] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”
38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
This is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.
DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE Mary, Mother of Jesus
(Based on Luke 2:25-40; John 19:25-27; Nancy C. Johnson, 1993
PRAYER OF DISCIPLESHIP O God of Mercy, this night seems far removed from the day the crowds cheered your arrival into the Holy City. The Hosannas seem long forgotten and the palm branches a distant memory. For this is a night of sleeping disciples and a night of betrayal with a kiss. This is a night of denials, a night of scoffers, a night of whips and of passing the buck, of refusing to own up to guilt. This is a night of thorns and of nails, a night of crying out and of feeling forsaken. This is a night when we see ourselves in the eyes of those that shouted “Crucify”…or even in the faces of those who turned their back on you. Too often, O gracious Lord, we are also tempted to turn away, for that would be easier for us than looking at the marred face of our Savior. We shrink from suffering, both yours and ours. Our own sin separates us from you, not by your choice, but because of the walls we build around our own hearts. We draw swords in anger. We lash out with cutting words. We complain about our own suffering and too often neglect the suffering of others. Forgive us, blessed Savior. By your grace and love, free us for joyful obedience to your will. May we be reminded tonight of the depth of your love for us so that we too can take up our own cross and follow you.
And now, as our Suffering Savior taught us to pray, let us pray together….
THE LORD’S PRAYER #895
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. Amen.
HYMN OF RESPONSE Hallelujah, What a Savior (v. 1-3) #165
- Man of Sorrows! what a name for the Son of God, who came, ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
v. 2 Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned he stood; sealed my pardon with his blood. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
v. 3. Guilty, vile, and helpless we; spotless Lamb of God was he;
full atonement can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Traditionally, we leave the Good Friday service in silence, so in keeping with the solemnity of the day you are invited to enter into a time of quietness at the end of the service.