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Grace Lutheran Church
Good Friday
Tre Ore

Meditations on the Seven Words from the Cross
April 14, 2017


LSB #453

Upon the Cross Extended

 

Opening Address

P Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, at this hour, the Church remembers the unfathomable death our Lord Jesus willingly took upon Himself to take away our sins. It is a reminder of the magnitude of our sin and, at the same time, the great value He places on us and our salvation. Let us therefore ponder His suffering and death with sober reflection and resolute joy.

 

+ The First Word +

 

The bell tolls once to mark the beginning of our meditation on the First Word from the Cross.

 

LSB #447

Jesus, in Your Dying Woes

 

Stand

 

Psalm 22:7–8, 14–18

Psalm

7All who see me mock me;

they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;

8“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;

let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

14I am poured out like water,

and all my bones are out of joint;

my heart is like wax;

it is melted within my breast;

15my strength is dried up like a potsherd,

and my tongue sticks to my jaws;

you lay me in the dust of death.

16For dogs encompass me;

a company of evildoers encircles me;

they have pierced my hands and feet—

17I can count all my bones—

they stare and gloat over me;

18they divide my garments among them,

and for my clothing they cast lots.

 

Luke 23:33–34

Passion Reading

P The Passion of our Lord according to the Holy Evangelist, St. Luke.

Making the sign of the cross, the congregation responds:

C He was pierced for our transgressions, + He was crushed for our iniquities... and by His wounds we are healed.

33And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

P Thus far the Passion of our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

Rev. Stephen Gillet - St. Paul-Wheeler/St. John-Dieterich

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

Collect

P Lord Jesus Christ, in Your sinlessness You never needed forgiveness and yet You forgave those who sinned against You without cause. Give us grace and courage to forgive those who wrong us, that we may so draw attention to Your forgiving glory on the cross.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

LSB #609

Jesus Sinners Doth Receive

 

5 Oh, how blest it is to know:
Were as scarlet my transgression,
It shall be as white as snow
By Thy blood and bitter passion;
For these words I now believe:
Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

6 Now my conscience is at peace;
From the Law I stand acquitted.
Christ hath purchased my release
And my ev’ry sin remitted.
Naught remains my soul to grieve:
Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

7 Jesus sinners doth receive;
Also I have been forgiven;
And when I this earth must leave,
I shall find an open heaven.
Dying, still to Him I cleave:
Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

+ The Second Word +

 

The bell tolls twice to mark the beginning of our meditation on the Second Word from the Cross.

 

LSB #447

Jesus, in Your Dying Woes

4 Jesus, pitying the sighs
Of the thief, who near You dies,
Promising him paradise:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

5 May we in our guilt and shame
Still Your love and mercy claim,
Calling humbly on Your name:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

6 May our hearts to You incline
And their thoughts Your cross entwine.
Cheer our souls with hope divine:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

Stand

 

Psalm 74:1–2, 10–12, 21

Psalm

1O God, why do you cast us off forever?

Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?

2Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old,

which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage!

Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.

10How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?

Is the enemy to revile your name forever?

11Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?

Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them!

12Yet God my King is from of old,

working salvation in the midst of the earth.

21Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame;

let the poor and needy praise your name.

 

Luke 23:39–43

Passion Reading

P The Passion of our Lord according to the Holy Evangelist, St. Luke.

Making the sign of the cross, the congregation responds:

C He was pierced for our transgressions, + He was crushed for our iniquities... and by His wounds we are healed.

39One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

P Thus far the Passion of our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

Rev. Jason Rensner - Faith-Shumway

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

Collect

P Lord Jesus, remember us in Your kingdom that we, too, may be with You in Paradise.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

LSB #610

Lord Jesus, Think on Me

 

+ The Third Word +

 

The bell tolls thrice to mark the beginning of our meditation on the Third Word from the Cross.

 

LSB #447

Jesus, in Your Dying Woes

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

 

8 May we in Your sorrows share,
For Your sake all peril dare,
And enjoy Your tender care:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

9 May we all Your loved ones be,
All one holy family,
Loving, since Your love we see:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

Stand

 

Psalm 113:2–3, 7–9

Psalm

2Blessèd be the name of the Lord

from this time forth and forevermore!

3From the rising of the sun to its setting,

the name of the Lord is to be praised!

7He raises the poor from the dust

and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

8to make them sit with princes,

with the princes of his people.

9He gives the barren woman a home,

making her the joyous mother of children.

Praise the Lord!

 

John 19:26–27

Passion Reading

P The Passion of our Lord according to the Holy Evangelist, St. John.

Making the sign of the cross, the congregation responds:

C He was pierced for our transgressions, + He was crushed for our iniquities... and by His wounds we are healed.

26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

P Thus far the Passion of our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

Rev. Steven Becker - St. Paul-Strasburg

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

Collect

P Lord Jesus, even in Your death, You put those who are lonely and neglected into families. Draw many into Your family that we may praise You together with them forever.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

LSB #430

My Song Is Love Unknown

 

6 In life no house, no home
My Lord on earth might have;
In death no friendly tomb
But what a stranger gave.
What may I say?
Heav’n was His home
But mine the tomb
Wherein He lay.

 

7 Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine!
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my friend,
In whose sweet praise
I all my days
Could gladly spend!

 

+ The Fourth Word +

 

The bell tolls four times to mark the beginning of our meditation on the Fourth Word from the Cross.

 

LSB #447

Jesus, in Your Dying Woes

10 Jesus, whelmed in fears unknown,
With our evil left alone,
While no light from heav’n is shown:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

11 When we seem in vain to pray
And our hope seems far away,
In the darkness be our stay:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

12 Though no Father seem to hear,
Though no light our spirits cheer,
May we know that God is near:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

Stand

 

Psalm 22:1–2, 23–24

Psalm

1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

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

2O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,

and by night, but I find no rest.

23You who fear the Lord, praise him!

All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,

and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

24For he has not despised or abhorred

the affliction of the afflicted,

and he has not hidden his face from him,

but has heard, when he cried to him.

 

Mark 15:34

Passion Reading

P The Passion of our Lord according to the Holy Evangelist, St. Mark.

Making the sign of the cross, the congregation responds:

C He was pierced for our transgressions, + He was crushed for our iniquities... and by His wounds we are healed.

34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 

P Thus far the Passion of our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

Rev. Wade Helmkamp - Holy Cross-Shelbyville

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

Collect

P Lord Jesus, Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, You were forsaken by Your Father so that we would not be forsaken. Give us grace to rely on Your complete sacrifice, that we may always trust our heavenly Father’s love for us.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

LSB #451

Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted

 

+ The Fifth Word +

 

The bell tolls five times to mark the beginning of our meditation on the Fifth Word from the Cross.

 

LSB #447

Jesus, in Your Dying Woes

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

 

14 Thirst for us in mercy still;
All Your holy work fulfill;
Satisfy Your loving will:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

15 May we thirst Your love to know.
Lead us in our sin and woe
Where the healing waters flow:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

Stand

 

Psalm 69:1–4, 7–9, 20–21

Psalm

1Save me, O God!

For the waters have come up to my neck.

2I sink in deep mire,

where there is no foothold;

I have come into deep waters,

and the flood sweeps over me.

3I am weary with my crying out;

my throat is parched.

My eyes grow dim

with waiting for my God.

4More in number than the hairs of my head

are those who hate me without cause;

mighty are those who would destroy me,

those who attack me with lies.

What I did not steal

must I now restore?

7For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,

that dishonor has covered my face.

8I have become a stranger to my brothers,

an alien to my mother’s sons.

9For zeal for your house has consumed me,

and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.

20Reproaches have broken my heart,

so that I am in despair.

I looked for pity, but there was none,

and for comforters, but I found none.

21They gave me poison for food,

and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.

 

John 19:28

Passion Reading

P The Passion of our Lord according to the Holy Evangelist, St. John.

Making the sign of the cross, the congregation responds:

C He was pierced for our transgressions, + He was crushed for our iniquities... and by His wounds we are healed.

28After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 

P Thus far the Passion of our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

Rev. Paul McGhghy - Faith-Sullivan

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

Collect

P Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Jews and King of the nations, You have promised that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness would be satisfied. Give us faith to trust that Your thirst on the cross supplies all that we need.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

LSB #334

O Lord, How Shall I Meet You

 

5 Sin’s debt, that fearful burden,
Cannot His love erase;
Your guilt the Lord will pardon
And cover by His grace.
He comes, for you procuring
The peace of sin forgiv’n,
His children thus securing
Eternal life in heav’n.

 

+ The Sixth Word +

 

The bell tolls six times to mark the beginning of our meditation on the Sixth Word from the Cross.

 

LSB #447

Jesus, in Your Dying Woes

16 Jesus, all our ransom paid,
All Your Father’s will obeyed;
By Your suff’rings perfect made:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

17 Save us in our soul’s distress;
Be our help to cheer and bless
While we grow in holiness:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

18 Brighten all our heav’nward way
With an ever holier ray
Till we pass to perfect day:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

Stand

 

Psalm 62:1–2, 5–7, 11–12

Psalm

1For God alone my soul waits in silence;

from him comes my salvation.

2He only is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

5For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,

for my hope is from him.

6He only is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

7On God rests my salvation and my glory;

my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

11Once God has spoken;

twice have I heard this:

that power belongs to God,

12and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.

For you will render to a man

according to his work.

 

John 19:30

Passion Reading

P The Passion of our Lord according to the Holy Evangelist, St. John.

Making the sign of the cross, the congregation responds:

C He was pierced for our transgressions, + He was crushed for our iniquities... and by His wounds we are healed.

30When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

P Thus far the Passion of our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

Rev. Joel Oschwald - St. John-Louisville

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

Collect

P Lord Jesus, You could have found the pain to be too much. You could have come down from the cross. But You remained until all was finished. Give us confidence to follow You completely through our trials and crosses because You are the author and finisher of our faith.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

LSB #452

O Perfect Life of Love

 

6 In ev’ry time of need,
Before the judgment throne,
Thy work, O Lamb of God, I’ll plead,
Thy merits, not mine own.

 

7 Yet work, O Lord, in me
As Thou for me hast wrought;
And let my love the answer be
To grace Thy love has brought.

 

+ The Seventh Word +

 

The bell tolls seven times to mark the beginning of our meditation on the Seventh Word from the Cross.

 

LSB #447

Jesus, in Your Dying Woes

19 Jesus, all Your labor vast,
All Your woe and conflict past,
Yielding up Your soul at last:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

20 When the death shades round us low’r,
Guard us from the tempter’s pow’r,
Keep us in that trial hour:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

21 May Your life and death supply
Grace to live and grace to die,
Grace to reach the home on high:
Hear us, holy Jesus.

 

Stand

 

Psalm 31:1–5, 9–12, 16

Psalm

1In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;

let me never be put to shame;

in your righteousness deliver me!

2Incline your ear to me;

rescue me speedily!

Be a rock of refuge for me,

a strong fortress to save me!

3For you are my rock and my fortress;

and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me;

4you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,

for you are my refuge.

5Into your hand I commit my spirit;

you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

9Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;

my eye is wasted from grief;

my soul and my body also.

10For my life is spent with sorrow,

and my years with sighing;

my strength fails because of my iniquity,

and my bones waste away.

11Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,

especially to my neighbors,

and an object of dread to my acquaintances;

those who see me in the street flee from me.

12I have been forgotten like one who is dead;

I have become like a broken vessel.

16Make your face shine on your servant;

save me in your steadfast love!

 

Luke 23:44–46

Passion Reading

P The Passion of our Lord according to the Holy Evangelist, St. Luke.

Making the sign of the cross, the congregation responds:

C He was pierced for our transgressions, + He was crushed for our iniquities... and by His wounds we are healed.

44It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

P Thus far the Passion of our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

Rev. Michael Mohr - Grace-Strasburg

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

Collect

P Lord Jesus, when You had finished all, You handed Your spirit over to Your Father, that He would then give His spirit back to You. Keep us in the one true faith, that on the last day, Your spirit may be given back to our mortal bodies and we may rise to serve You in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

Sit

 

LSB #448

O Darkest Woe

 

6 O Virgin’s Son,
What Thou hast won
Is far beyond all telling:
How our God, detested, died,
Hell and devil felling.

 

7 O Jesus Christ,
Who sacrificed
Thy life for lifeless mortals:
Be my life in death and bring
Me to heaven’s portals!

 

Prayers

 

Stand

 

The Litany

P O Lord,

C have mercy.

P O Christ,

C have mercy.

P O Lord,

C have mercy.

P O Christ,

C hear us.

P God the Father in heaven,

C have mercy.

P God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

C have mercy.

P God the Holy Spirit,

C have mercy.

P Be gracious to us.

C Spare us, good Lord.

P Be gracious to us.

C Help us, good Lord.

P By the mystery of Your holy incarnation; by Your holy nativity; by Your baptism, fasting, and temptation; by Your agony and bloody sweat; by Your cross and passion; by Your precious death and burial; by Your glorious resurrection and ascension; and by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter:

C Help us, good Lord.

P In all time of our tribulation; in all time of our prosperity; in the hour of death; and in the day of judgment:

C Help us, good Lord.

P We poor sinners implore You

C to hear us, O Lord.

P To prosper the preaching of Your Word; to bless our prayer and meditation; to strengthen and preserve us in the true faith; and to give heart to our sorrow and strength to our repentance:

C We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

P To draw all to Yourself; to bless those who are instructed in the faith; to watch over and console the poor, the sick, the distressed, the lonely, the forsaken, the abandoned, and all who stand in need of our prayers; to give abundant blessing to all works of mercy; and to have mercy on us all:

C We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

P To turn our hearts to You; to turn the hearts of our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers; and graciously to hear our prayers:

C We implore You to hear us, good Lord.

P Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,

C we implore You to hear us.

P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,

C have mercy.

P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,

C have mercy.

P Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,

C grant us Your peace.

P O Christ,

C hear us.

P O Lord,

C have mercy.

P O Christ,

C have mercy.

P O Lord,

C have mercy. Amen.

 

Lord's Prayer

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.

 

Collect

P Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, at this hour You hung upon the cross, stretching out Your loving arms to embrace the world in Your death. Grant that all people of the earth may look to You and see their salvation; for Your mercy’s sake we pray.

C Amen.

 

LSB #453

Upon the Cross Extended

5 Your soul in griefs unbounded,
Your head with thorns surrounded,
You died to ransom me.
The cross for me enduring,
The crown for me securing,
You healed my wounds and set me free.

 

6 Your cords of love, my Savior,
Bind me to You forever,
I am no longer mine.
To You I gladly tender
All that my life can render
And all I have to You resign.

 

7 Your cross I place before me;
Its saving pow’r restore me,
Sustain me in the test.
It will, when life is ending,
Be guiding and attending
My way to Your eternal rest.

 

The Sacred Triduum is one service divided across three days, so there is no benediction in today's liturgy. All are invited to return to Grace this evening at 7:30pm for the Chief Service, during which our sermon series on the "Salutary Gift" will continue, or to return tomorrow for the final portion of this Triduum service, the Easter Vigil service, to be conducted by our our brothers and sisters in Christ at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stewardson at 7:00pm.

 

The bell tolls 33 times to mark the years of our Lord's earthly life.

 

Acknowledgments

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