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St. John's Worship Service - Good Friday 2024
Pastor Wende Bleam
Pastor Wende Bleam
Friday, March 29, 2024
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Welcome.  Tonight we gather in silence, our worship marked by solemn devotion. 
P:  Almighty God, look with loving mercy on your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, to be given over to the hands of sinners, and to suffer death on the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
C:  Amen
FIRST READING: ISAIAH 52:13-15--53:12
 13See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up,
 and shall be very high.  14Just as there were many who were astonished at him 
 — so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals — 15so he shall startle many nations;  kings shall shut their mouths because of him;  for that which had not been told them they shall see,  and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.
1Who has believed what we have heard  And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed  2For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.
4Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the LORD has laid on him
 the iniquity of us all.
7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. 9They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
 through him the will of the LORD shall prosper. 11Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
PSALM 22  
1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me
 Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning
 2O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
 and by night, but find no rest.
 3Yet you are holy,
 enthroned on the praises of Israel.
 4In you our ancestors trusted;
 they trusted, and you delivered them.
 5To you they cried, and were saved;
 in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
 6But I am a worm, and not human;
 scorned by others, and despised by the people.
 7All who see me mock at me;
 they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
 8"Commit your cause to the LORD; let him deliver —
 let him rescue the one in whom he delights!"
 9Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
 you kept me safe on my mother's breast.
 10On you I was cast from my birth,
 and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
 11Do not be far from me,
 for trouble is near
 and there is no one to help.
 12Many bulls encircle me,
 strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
 13they open wide their mouths at me,
 like a ravening and roaring lion.
 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 mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
 and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
 you lay me in the dust of death.
 16For dogs are all around me;
 a company of evildoers encircles me.
 My hands and feet have shriveled;
 17I can count all my bones.
 They stare and gloat over me;
 18they divide my clothes among themselves,
 and for my clothing they cast lots.
 19But you, O LORD, do not be far away!
 O my help, come quickly to my aid!
 20Deliver my soul from the sword,
 my life from the power of the dog!
 21Save me from the mouth of the lion!
 From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
 22I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters
 in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
 23You who fear the LORD, praise him!
 All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
 stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
 24For he did not despise or abhor
 the affliction of the afflicted;
 he did not hide his face from me,
 but heard when I cried to him.
 25From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
 my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
 26The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
 those who seek him shall praise the LORD.
 May your hearts live forever!
 27All the ends of the earth shall remember
 and turn to the LORD;
 and all the families of the nations
 shall worship before him.
 28For dominion belongs to the LORD,
 and he rules over the nations.
 29To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
 before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
 and I shall live for him.
 30Posterity will serve him;
 future generations will be told about the LORD,
 31and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
 saying that he has done it.
16"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord:
 I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,"
17he also adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more." 
18Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
19Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
HYMN:  Beneath the Cross of Jesus   (ELW 338) VS 1 & 2
P:  Behold the life-giving cross, on which was hung the Savior of the whole world.
A: Oh, come, let us worship him.
P:  Behold the life-giving cross, on which was hung the Savior of the whole world.
A:  Oh, come, let us worship him.
P:  Behold the life-giving cross, on which was hung the Savior of the whole world.
A:  Oh, come, let us worship him 
P: The Passion of Our Lord according to Saint John
C: Look to Jesus, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
JOHN 18:1-11 Betrayal The first candle is extinguished
1After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, "Whom are you looking for" 5They answered, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus replied, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6When Jesus said to them, "I am he," they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7Again he asked them, "Whom are you looking for" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." 8Jesus answered, "I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go." 9This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, "I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me." 10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. 11Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me"
Hymn response: Ah Holy Jesus  (ELW 349)  VS 1
JOHN 18:12-27 Denial The second candle is extinguished
12So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. 13First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in- law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people. 15Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. 17The woman said to Peter, "You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you" He said, "I am not." 18Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself. 19Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20Jesus answered, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21Why do you ask me Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said." 22When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, "Is that how you answer the high priest" 23Jesus answered, "If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me" 24Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. 25Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, "You are not also one of his disciples, are you" He denied it and said, "I am not." 26One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you in the garden with him" 27Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.
Hymn response: Ah Holy Jesus  (ELW 349)  VS 3
JOHN 18:28-38A Accusation    The third candle is extinguished
28Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate's headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. 29So Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man" 30They answered, "If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you." 31Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law." The Jews replied, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death." 32(This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.) 33Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews" 34Jesus answered, "Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me" 35Pilate replied, "I am not a Jew, am I Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done" 36Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here." 37Pilate asked him, "So you are a king" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice." 38Pilate asked him, "What is truth"
Choir Hymn response:  Jesus, Refuge of the Weary J.S. Bach
Lisa Fortwangler,Soloist
JOHN 18:38B-19:16     Desertion    The fourth candle is extinguished
After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, "I find no case against him. 39But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews" 40They shouted in reply, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a bandit. 19. 1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. 3They kept coming up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and striking him on the face. 4Pilate went out again and said to them, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him." 5So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!" 6When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him." 7The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God."
8Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. 9He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, "Where are you from" But Jesus gave him no answer. 10Pilate therefore said to him, "Do you refuse to speak to me Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you" 11Jesus answered him, "You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin." 12From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, "If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor." 13When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge's bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. 14Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, "Here is your King!" 15They cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate asked them, "Shall I crucify your King" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but the emperor." 16Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
Hymn response: Go to Dark Gethsemane (ELW 347) VS 1-2
John 19:17-24  Crucifixion The fifth candle is extinguished  
So they took Jesus; 17and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 18There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." 20Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'This man said, I am King of the Jews.'" 22Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written." 23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. 24So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it." This was to fulfill what the scripture says,
 "They divided my clothes among themselves,  and for my clothing they cast lots."
Hymn response: Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded (ELW 351) VS 1-2
JOHN 19:25-30  Death The sixth candle is extinguished
25And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." 27Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. 28After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty." 29A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Hymn response: Alas and Did My Savior Bleed (ELW 337) VS 1
JOHN 19:31-42  Tomb  The seventh candle is extinguished
31Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. 32Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. 35(He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) 36These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, "None of his bones shall be broken." 37And again another passage of scripture says, "They will look on the one whom they have pierced." 38After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. 39Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Hymn response: Were you There    Violin Solo, Rick Vanstone
A: Let us pray, brothers and sisters, for the holy church throughout the world.
Almighty and eternal God, you have shown your glory to all nations in Jesus Christ. By your Holy Spirit guide the church and gather it throughout the world.
Help it to persevere in faith, proclaim your name, and bring the good news of salvation in Christ to all people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.
A: Let us pray for our bishops, for  our pastors, and all servants of the church, and for all the people of God.    Almighty and eternal God, your Spirit guides the church and makes it holy.
Strengthen and uphold our bishops, pastors, other ministers, and lay leaders.
Keep them in health and safety for the good of the church, and help each of us in our various vocations to do faithfully the work to which you have called us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.
A:  Let us pray for those preparing for baptism.
Almighty and eternal God, you continue to bless the church.  Increase the faith and understanding of those preparing for baptism.  Give them new birth as your children, and keep them in the faith and communion of your holy church.  
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
C:  Amen.
A:  Let us pray for our sisters and brothers who share our faith in Jesus Christ.
Almighty and eternal God, you give your church unity.  Look with favor on all who follow Jesus your Son.  Make all the baptized one in the fullness of faith, and keep us united in the fellowship of love.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.
C:  Amen.
A: Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God.
Almighty and eternal God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and your teaching to Moses.  Hear our prayers that the people you called and elected as your own may receive the fulfillment of the covenant’s promises.  
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
C:  Amen.
A:  Let us pray for those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ.
Almighty and eternal God, gather into your embrace all those who call out to you under different names.  Bring an end to inter-religious strife, and make us more faithful witnesses of the love made known to us in your Son. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
C:  Amen.
A:  Let us pray for those who do not believe in God.   Almighty and eternal God, you created humanity so that all may long to know you and find peace in you. Grant that all may recognize the signs of your love and grace in the world and in the lives of Christians, and gladly acknowledge you as the one true God. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.
A: Let us pray for God's creation.   Almighty and eternal God, you are the creator of a magnificent universe. Hold all the worlds in the arms of your care and bring all things to fulfillment in you.     We ask this through Christ our Lord.     C: Amen.
A:  Let us pray for those who serve in public office.     Almighty and eternal God, you are the champion of the poor and oppressed.  In your goodness, give wisdom to those in authority, so that all people may enjoy justice, peace, freedom, and a share in the goodness of your creation.         We ask this through Christ our Lord.
C:  Amen.
A: Let us pray for those in need.    Almighty and eternal God, you give strength to the weary and new courage to those who have lost heart. Heal the sick, comfort the dying, give safety to travelers, free those unjustly deprived of liberty, and deliver your world from falsehood, hunger, and disease. Hear the prayers of all who call on you in any trouble, that they may have the joy of receiving your help in their need.    We ask this through Christ our Lord.       C: Amen.
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.
P. We glory in your cross, O Lord, and we praise your holy resurrection,
for by your cross joy has come into the world. May God be merciful and bless us; may the light of God’s face shine upon us. Let your way be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations. We glory in your cross, O Lord, and we praise your holy resurrection, for by your cross joy has come into the world. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. May God give us blessing, and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe. We glory in your cross, O Lord, and we praise your holy resurrection, for by your cross joy has come into the world.
A: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
C: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
The Christ Candle is carried out of the sanctuary
P:  Jesus was wounded for our transgressions.
     He was bruised for our iniquities
     Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole.
     By his death we are healed.
C:  Thanks be to God for the Cross of Jesus.
P:  Greater love has no man than this, 
      than to lay down his life for his friends.
     We have no glory, except in the cross of our Lord, Jesus.
C:  Thanks be to God for the Cross of Jesus.
P:  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, 
     that whoever believes in him may not perish but have everlasting life.
C:  Thanks be to God for the Cross of our Lord Jesus.
The church is darkened.
A: We hope worship was meaningful for you and that it deepens your faith journey as you seek to serve him who first served us, our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.   The service continues on Easter morning.