Seven Last Words from the Cross — April 19, 2019

2019 Good Friday Tenebrae Service

A Word from the Pastor               Rev.  Judith Reedy          

Call to Worship          Rev.  Judith Reedy   

God is light, in whom there is no darkness at all.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world.

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world,

and we loved darkness rather than light.

The First Word - Jesus Forgives His Killers

Reading               Luke 23:34-35   Rev.Deborah Morgan-Stokes

Congregational Response           “O Sacred Head Now Wounded”  UMH 286, vss. 1 & 3

The Second Word - Jesus Reassures the Penitent Thief

Reading     Luke  23: 39-43         Rev. Adam White 

Choral Response        “Ah Holy Jesus”         arr. Craig Courtney

The Third Word - Jesus Speaks to His Mother

Reading     John 19: 25-27                    Chris Hauge                  

Congregational Response   “O Love Divine” UMH 287, vss. 1 & 3             

The Fourth Word - Jesus Cries Out to God

Reading          Matthew 27:45-46     Erin Gresham                        

Choral Response    “Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow” arr.  Lloyd Larson          

The Fifth Word - Jesus Thirsts

Reading        John 19: 28-29    Rev. Allison Drake

Congregational Response “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”  UMH 297 

The Sixth Word - Jesus Declares the End of His Earthly Life

Reading                  John 19:30            Eric Markinson

Choral Response  “'Tis Finished”  arr. Shaw/Parker                             

The Seventh Word - Jesus Commends His Spirit to God

Reading              Luke 23: 46         Alice Montgomery

Choral Response     “God So Loved the World”     arr. John Stainer