Good Friday: April 2, 2021

You are invited to gather at your home’s “sacred space.” Light a Candle with us. A favorite cross is placed in the sacred space. Dried branches or twigs may be used to make a cross as well.

The Service broadcast begins at 12:00pmYou are encouraged to pray along with us, saying aloud the words in bold. You are also invited to sing along.

The rector enters the chancel in silence, welcomes the congregation, then leads the opening prayers:

Blessed be our God.
For ever and ever. Amen.

Blessed Savior, in these hours you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 22:1-11

The psalm is chanted in Plainsong

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer;
by night as well, but I find no rest.

Yet you are the Holy One,
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

Our forebears put their trust in you;
they trusted, and you delivered them.

They cried out to you and were delivered;
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

But as for me, I am a worm, and less than human,
scorned by all and despised by the people.

All who see me laugh me to scorn;
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

“You trusted in God for deliverance;
let God rescue you, if God delights in you.”

Yet you, O God, are the one who took me out of the womb
and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born;
you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb.

Be not far from me, for trouble is near,
there is none to help.

There will be silence between each section. An image of a cross will be shown, and the time of the next reading and meditation noted.

12:20pm Betrayal in the Garden

Reading: John 18:1-9

Read by Marvin Alexander

A Reading from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

After he said these things, Jesus went out with his disciples and crossed over to the other side of the Kidron Valley. He and his disciples entered a garden there. Judas, his betrayer, also knew the place because Jesus often gathered there with his disciples. Judas brought a company of soldiers and some guards from the chief priests and Pharisees. They came there carrying lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus knew everything that was to happen to him, so he went out and asked, “Who are you looking for?” They answered, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I Am.” (Judas, his betrayer, was standing with them.) When he said, “I Am,” they shrank back and fell to the ground. He asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” They said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus answered, “I told you, ‘I Am.’ If you are looking for me, then let these people go.” This was so that the word he had spoken might be fulfilled: “I didn’t lose anyone of those whom you gave me.”

Meditation: Seminarian Emilee Walker-Cornetta

Musical Reflection:

“If Ye Love Me” Thomas Tallis
sung by the Holy Communion choir

12:40pm Peter Draws a Sword

Reading: John 18:10-14

A Reading from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Read by Markie Jo Crismon

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus told Peter, “Put your sword away! Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given me?” Then the company of soldiers, the commander, and the guards from the Jewish leaders took Jesus into custody. They bound him and led him first to Annas. He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. (Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it was better for one person to die for the people.)They said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus answered, “I told you, ‘I Am.’ If you are looking for me, then let these people go.” This was so that the word he had spoken might be fulfilled: “I didn’t lose anyone of those whom you gave me.”

Meditation: The Rev. Chester Hines

Musical Reflection:

“Wade in the Water” Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnal # 143
sung by the Holy Communion Choir

1:00pm Peter Denies Jesus

Reading: John 18:15-27

Read by Kim Hudson

A Reading from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Because this other disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard. However, Peter stood outside near the gate. Then the other disciple (the one known to the high priest) came out and spoke to the woman stationed at the gate, and she brought Peter in. The servant woman stationed at the gate asked Peter, “Aren’t you one of this man’s disciples?”

“I’m not,” he replied. The servants and the guards had made a fire because it was cold. They were standing around it, warming themselves. Peter joined them there, standing by the fire and warming himself.

Meanwhile, the chief priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered, “I’ve spoken openly to the world. I’ve always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews gather. I’ve said nothing in private. Why ask me? Ask those who heard what I told them. They know what I said.”

After Jesus spoke, one of the guards standing there slapped Jesus in the face. “Is that how you would answer the high priest?” he asked. Jesus replied, “If I speak wrongly, testify about what was wrong. But if I speak correctly, why do you strike me?” Then Annas sent him, bound, to Caiaphas the high priest. Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing with the guards, warming himself. They asked, “Aren’t you one of his disciples?”

Peter denied it, saying, “I’m not.” A servant of the high priest, a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said to him, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?” Peter denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.

Meditation: The Rev. Julie Graham

Musical Reflection:

“Were you There when they Crucified my Lord?” arr. J. David Moore
sung by the Holy Communion choir

1:20pm Jesus before Pilate

Reading: John 18:28-19:16

Read by Shirley Mensah

A Reading from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

The Jewish leaders led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. It was early in the morning. So that they could eat the Passover, the Jewish leaders wouldn’t enter the palace; entering the palace would have made them ritually impure. So Pilate went out to them and asked, “What charge do you bring against this man?” They answered, “If he had done nothing wrong, we wouldn’t have handed him over to you.” Pilate responded, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your Law.”

The Jewish leaders replied, “The Law doesn’t allow us to kill anyone.” (This was so that Jesus’ word might be fulfilled when he indicated how he was going to die.) Pilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others spoken to you about me?”

Pilate responded, “I’m not a Jew, am I? Your nation and its chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus replied, “My kingdom doesn’t originate from this world. If it did, my guards would fight so that I wouldn’t have been arrested by the Jewish leaders. My kingdom isn’t from here.” “So you are a king?” Pilate said. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Whoever accepts the truth listens to my voice.”

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. After Pilate said this, he returned to the Jewish leaders and said, “I find no grounds for any charge against him. You have a custom that I release one prisoner for you at Passover. Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?”

They shouted, “Not this man! Give us Barabbas!” (Barabbas was an outlaw.) Then Pilate had Jesus taken and whipped. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple robe. Over and over they went up to him and said, “Greetings, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. Pilate came out of the palace again and said to the Jewish leaders, “Look! I’m bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no grounds for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here’s the man.”

When the chief priests and their deputies saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify, crucify!” Pilate told them, “You take him and crucify him. I don’t find any grounds for a charge against him.” The Jewish leaders replied, “We have a Law, and according to this Law he ought to die because he made himself out to be God’s Son.” When Pilate heard this word, he was even more afraid. He went back into the residence and spoke to Jesus, “Where are you from?” Jesus didn’t answer. So Pilate said, “You won’t speak to me? Don’t you know that I have authority to release you and also to crucify you?”

Jesus replied, “You would have no authority over me if it had not been given to you from above. That’s why the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” From that moment on, Pilate wanted to release Jesus. However, the Jewish leaders cried out, saying, “If you release this man, you aren’t a friend of the emperor! Anyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes the emperor!”

When Pilate heard these words, he led Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench at the place called Stone Pavement (in Aramaic, Gabbatha). It was about noon on the Preparation Day for the Passover. Pilate said to the Jewish leaders, “Here’s your king.” The Jewish leaders cried out, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

Pilate responded, “What? Do you want me to crucify your king?” “We have no king except the emperor,” the chief priests answered. Then Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified. The soldiers took Jesus prisoner.

Meditation: The Rev. Marc Smith

Musical Reflection:

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, arr Mark Hayes

1:40pm Golgotha

Reading: John 19:17-27

A Reading from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Read by Ellis Anderson

Carrying his cross by himself, he went out to a place called Skull Place (in Aramaic, Golgotha). That’s where they crucified him—and two others with him, one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a public notice written and posted on the cross. It read “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city and it was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. Therefore, the Jewish chief priests complained to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The king of the Jews’ but ‘This man said, “I am the king of the Jews.”’”

Pilate answered, “What I’ve written, I’ve written.”

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and his sandals, and divided them into four shares, one for each soldier. His shirt was seamless, woven as one piece from the top to the bottom. They said to each other, “Let’s not tear it. Let’s cast lots to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill the scripture,

They divided my clothes among themselves,
    and they cast lots for my clothing.
        That’s what the soldiers did.

Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood near the cross. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Blessed be our God.
For ever and ever. Amen

Meditation: The Rev. Meg Goldstein

Musical Reflection:

Sonata in G Major, I: Largo, Benedetto Marcello
Alexander Stefaniak piano, Eliana Haig viola

2:00pm Jesus Dies

Reading: John 19:28-37

A Reading from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Read by Anne Pokoski

After this, knowing that everything was already completed, in order to fulfill the scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was nearby, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it, placed it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life.

It was the Preparation Day and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies to remain on the cross on the Sabbath, especially since that Sabbath was an important day. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of those crucified broken and the bodies taken down. Therefore, the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men who were crucified with Jesus. When they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead so they didn’t break his legs. However, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. The one who saw this has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he speaks the truth, and he has testified so that you also can believe. These things happened to fulfill the scripture, They won’t break any of his bones. And another scripture says, They will look at him whom they have pierced.

Blessed be our God.
For ever and ever. Amen.

Meditation: The Rev. Mike Angell

Musical Reflection:

“Were you There when they Crucified my Lord?” arr. J. Purifoy
sung by the Holy Communion choir

2:20pm Joseph Buries Jesus

Reading: John 19:38-42

A Reading from the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Read by Alisa Williams

After this Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate if he could take away the body of Jesus. Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one because he feared the Jewish authorities. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and took the body away. Nicodemus, the one who at first had come to Jesus at night, was there too. He brought a mixture of myrrh and aloe, nearly seventy-five pounds in all. Following Jewish burial customs, they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the spices, in linen cloths. There was a garden in the place where Jesus was crucified, and in the garden was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish Preparation Day and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus in it.

Blessed be our God.
For ever and ever. Amen.

Meditation: the Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson

Musical Reflection:

Arioso by J.S. Bach

2:40pm The Solemn Collects and Veneration

Dear People of God: Our loving God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. So let us bring the needs of the whole world to the foot of the cross of Christ. 

I ask you to pray for the Church of God throughout the world, that God, the almighty, eternal One, will guide it,
For unity in witness and service
For all bishops and other ministers and the people they serve,
especially Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury;
Michael, our Presiding Bishop; and Deon our bishop.
For all people preparing for baptism and confirmation 

That God will confirm the Church in faith, increase it in love, and preserve it in peace, strengthening us to bear witness to God’s love not just for humankind but for the whole of God’s Creation. 

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Holy God, from whom comes every good and perfect gift: Send down upon your Church the Spirit of your grace, that we may truly please and serve you, and, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

I ask you to pray for all people in their vocation and ministry, and especially for the leaders of the nations
For the President of the United States
For the Congress and the Supreme Court
For delegates to the United Nations
For our governor and our mayor
For those who work to protect and preserve the vitality of life on our planet
For all who serve the common good

That by God’s help they may seek justice and truth, and that all life may co-exist in peace and concord, 

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Holy God, kindle in all hearts the true love of peace and a deep desire for justice; guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth and for the care of Creation. Help us to encounter Christ in all we meet so that the earth may be filled with the knowledge of your love. Amen.

I ask you to pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body, mind, or spirit;
For the hungry and homeless
For the sick, wounded, and dying
For those in loneliness, fear or anguish
For those who face temptation, addiction, doubt, or despair
For those who mourn
For prisoners and captives, and those living in places of danger
For all life harmed or broken 

That God in mercy will comfort and console them, granting them knowledge of God’s love, and that God will inspire in us the will and patience to minister to their needs, to cherish the sacredness of all Creation, and to dismantle systems and practices that threaten and exploit life. 

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of the one who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I ask you to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, for Palestinian Christians and Muslims and all who share this sacred city. 

Lord in you mercy
Hear our prayer.

Holy God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and Sarah. Bless the people you first made your own; keep them and all who are descended from Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in the love of your Name, and in faithfulness to your covenant. Amen.

I ask you to pray for all who have no faith, living lives without any sense of holiness or divine presence;
For those who have never heard words of hope or salvation
For those who have lost their faith or whose faith has lost depth and become routine
For those hardened by sin or indifference
For the contemptuous and the scornful
For those who are enemies of the faithful
For those who in the Name of God have persecuted others 

That God will open their hearts to truth and love, and lead them to faith and obedience.  

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Holy God, you created humanity in your image: draw all people to yourself, that they may acknowledge you as the maker and redeemer of all; let your Gospel be preached with grace and power to those who have not heard it, that all people may know of your saving grace. Amen.

Let us commit ourselves to our God, and pray for the grace of a holy life, that, with all who have departed this world and have died in the peace of Christ, and with those whose faith is known to God alone, we may be accounted worthy to enter into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, and receive the crown of life in the day of resurrection. 

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: look favorably upon your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down were raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn: Sing My Tongue the Glorious Battle

sung by Mary Chapman

The service concludes in silence without a dismissal, our worship won’t be done until Easter Morning.

Service Leaders
Preachers: the Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson, The Rev. Mike Angell, The Rev. Meg Goldstein, The Rev. Marc Smith, Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian, The Rev. Chester Hines, The Rev. Julie Graham
Officiant: The Rev. Mike Angell
Intercessor: Emilee Walker-Cornetta, Seminarian
Lectors: Marvin Alexander, Ellis Anderson, Markie Jo Crismon, Kim Hudson, Shirley Mensah, Anne Pokokski, Alisa Williams
Guest Musicians: Alexander Stefaniak and Eliana Haig
Director of Music: Mary Chapman

Music reprinted with permission by OneLicense # A-704988

Were You There? (55-48310)
Arranged by J. David Moore
Copyright © 2001 Transferred to Colla Voce Music