The sermon for Good Friday was nor recorded


April 19, 2019





Pastor:            On Good Friday Jesus Christ, the light of the world, experiences the darkness of death caused by sin and Satan. To focus on the events of Good Friday a series of candles are extinguished during the service in the ever-darkening church to represent the gathering darkness of sin which hangs over the world as the life of the Son of God grows closer and closer to death by crucifixion. As the candles are extinguished, we sense the loneliness of Jesus as one by one, His friends and followers abandoned Him and fled. The last candle represents Jesus. A book is slammed shut at the end of the service to simulate the earthquake at the crucifixion, the closing of the tomb, and the crushing of Satan as God promised back in the Garden of Eden.

Pastor:            In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

HYMN                        "Drawn to the Cross" [Stanzas 1-4: Hymnal #560]


P         Let us pray.

Lord Jesus, You promised paradise to the criminal on a cross, who could do nothing but ask for Your mercy.

C         Remember us now, we who have gathered in Your name and in Your presence, and assure us again that pardon awaits us in paradise;

P         for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C         Amen.



FIRST READING     Luke 22:39 - 23:1 (Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives)

HYMN "My Song Is Love Unknown" [Hymnal #430]

Stanza 1: All

Stanza 2: Men

Stanza 3: Women

Stanza 4: All

The first candle is extinguished.

SECOND READING           Luke 23:13-25 (Jesus is condemned.)

HYMN "Go to Dark Gethsemane" [Stanzas 1-2: Hymnal #436]

The second candle is extinguished.

THIRD READING    Mark 15:15-20 (Jesus is treated harshly.)

HYMN "Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted" [Stanzas 1-2: Hymnal #451]

The third candle is extinguished.

FOURTH READING (Jesus carries His cross.)

John 19:16-17 

When Pilate delivered Him over to them to be crucified, they took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.

Luke 23:26

And as they led Him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.

HYMN "Jesus, Refuge of the Weary" [Stanzas 1-2: Hymnal #423]

The fourth candle is extinguished.

FIFTH READING Luke 23:27-31 (Jesus meets the women.)

HYMN "Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed" [Stanzas 1, 4-5: Hymnal #437]

The fifth candle is extinguished.

SIXTH READING (Jesus is nailed to the cross.)

Mark 15:22-23

And they brought Him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it.

John 19:18-25

There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but rather, 'This Man said, I am King of the Jews.' "  Pilate answered, "What I have written I have written."

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also His tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, "They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots."

HYMN "The Lamb" [Stanzas 1, 3-4: Hymnal #547]

The sixth candle is extinguished.

SERMON      “Remember Me”       Text: Luke 23:39-43



THE FIRST WORD Mark 15:25, 27-28; Luke 23:34

And it was the third hour when they crucified Him. And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on His right and one on His left. And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, "He was numbered with the transgressors." And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

HYMN "Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" [Stanzas 1 & 6: Hymnal #528]

The seventh candle is extinguished.

THE SECOND WORD Mark 15:29, 32 & Luke 23:39-43

Those who passed by derided Him, wagging their heads. And those who were crucified with Him also reviled Him. One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

HYMN            “Remember Me” [Tune only: #878]

“Remember me,” the thief said to our Lord.

“When Thou come to Thy kingdom, help afford.”

“Truly, in paradise today we’ll be,”

Promised the Savior hanging on the tree.

Remember me, Lord Jesus, as I pray.

Thou died so that for sins I need not pay.

Lord, from Thy royal throne, Oh, hear my plea.

In life and death, O Lord, remember me.

Text: James Pierce. Copyright © 2018 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The eighth candle is extinguished.

THE THIRD WORD John 19:25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!"

HYMN "Jesus Loves Me" [Hymnal #588]

The ninth candle is extinguished.

THE FOURTH WORD Mark 15:33-34

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And 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?"

HYMN “If Your Beloved Son, O God” [Stanzas 1 & 2: Hymnal #568]

The tenth candle is extinguished.


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

HYMN "Lamb of God, Pure and Holy" [Stanzas 1: Hymnal #434]

The eleventh candle is extinguished.

THE SIXTH WORD Mark 15:36 & John 19:30

And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to Him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down." When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished."

HYMN "In the Cross of Christ I Glory" [Stanzas 1: Hymnal #427]

The twelfth candle is extinguished.

THE SEVENTH WORD Matthew 27:51, 54 & Luke 23:46

And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!" Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!"

HYMN "On My Heart Imprint Your Image" [Hymnal #422]

The thirteenth candle is extinguished.

THE LAST WORD Mark 15:42-46a & Matthew 27:57-60

And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the Council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that He should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that He was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped Him in the linen shroud and laid Him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.

The lights are dimmed.

The fourteenth candle (symbolizing Christ) is removed from the altar (symbolizing the cross), is taken from the worship area (symbolizing Calvary), and is returned to the chancel area (symbolizing the burial of Christ in his tomb).

A harsh noise signifies the earthquake at the crucifixion, the closing of the tomb, and the crushing of Satan as God promised back in the Garden of Eden.


HYMN            "Beautiful Savior" [Hymnal #537]

We LEAVE IN SILENCE, anticipating the joy of Easter while contemplating the solemn mood of Good Friday.



Tonight’s worship is over, but the story is not yet over!  Come and celebrate the good news yet to come on Easter Sunday –


  • 6:00AM Sunrise
  • 8:00AM Worship (traditional)
  • 10:46 Worship (contemporary)