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To Seek and To Save

A Series of Services for Lent and Holy Week

A Short Worship Outline from Good Friday, April 10

Good Friday: My God, Why?

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying …“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46

INVOCATION AND LITANY (Psalm 22:1-2, 16-19)

P In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

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

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

P O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest …

C A company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet—

P I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me;

C They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

P But you, O Lord, do not be far off!

C O you my help, come quickly to my aid!


P Let us confess our sins to God and ask his forgiveness for the sake of Jesus our Savior.

C Almighty God, we daily sin against you in our thoughts, words and actions. We turn away from your Word to listen to the temptations of the world around us. We seek to do our own will instead of your will. We do not love others as our Lord commanded us and we do not follow him as we should. Have mercy on us and forgive us.

P God has had mercy on us. He sent his Son to be our Savior. Jesus, the perfect Lamb of sacrifice, carried our sins in his own body to the tree of the cross. There he suffered the penalty of death that we deserved. He rose from death to grant us forgiveness and life in his name which is ours now through faith in Jesus Christ. 

C In Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God, we have forgiveness and life!

HYMN … (Hymnal #451)

Stricken, smitten and afflicted, see him dying on the tree! ’Tis the Christ, by man rejected; yes, my soul, ‘tis he, ‘tis he! ’Tis the long-expected Prophet, David’s Son, yet David’s Lord; Proofs I see sufficient of it: ’Tis the true and faithful Word.

Ye who think of sin but lightly nor suppose the evil great Here may view its nature rightly, here its guilt may estimate. Mark the sacrifice appointed, see who bears the awful load: ’Tis the Word, the Lord’s anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation, here the refuge of the lost: Christ, the Rock of our salvation, is the name of which we boast; Lamb of God, for sinners wounded, sacrifice to cancel guilt! None shall ever be confounded who on him their hope have built.

OLD TESTAMENT READING … Isaiah 53:4-6, 11-12


HYMN … (Hymnal #456)

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh… Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?



HYMN … (Hymnal #456)

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Oh… Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

GOSPEL READING … Matthew 27:32-54


HYMN … (Hymnal #560)

Drawn to the cross, which Thou hast blessed With healing gifts for souls distressed, To find in Thee my life, my rest, Christ crucified, I come.

Thou knowest all my griefs and fears, Thy grace abused, my mis-spent years; Yet to Thee with contrite tears, Christ crucified, I come.

Wash me and take away each stain; Let nothing of my sin remain. For cleansing, though it be through pain, Christ crucified, I come.

And then for work to do for Thee, Which shall so sweet a service be That angels well might envy me, Christ crucified, I come.



Matthew 6:9-11

BENEDICTION (Isaiah 53:5; 2 Thessalonians 3:16)

P He was pierced for our transgressions; 

C He was crushed for our iniquities; 

P Upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, 

C And with his wounds we are healed.