Yesterday was Holy (Maundy) Thursday. We began our uninterrupted procession from the Upper Room where Jesus instituted the New Covenant in His blood; this Good Friday, we continue at the feet of Christ, meditating on His death for us; and we conclude this procession at Jesus empty tomb on Easter Morning.
Good Friday – April 15th, 2022
M: O God, who by the passion of Your Christ, our Lord, destroyed the death of our old sin which all flesh inherited in the fall: grant that we, who bear earthly mortality in our bodies; may, by Your sanctifying grace, be conformed to the image of Your Son and so attain to the likeness of His heavenly life, through the same, Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord,; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit: one God, now and forever.
M: Come, let us return to the Lord; For he has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
C: After two days He will receive us; On the third day he will raise us up, that we may know His sight. … Let us know; Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.
M: “O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? For your faithfulness is like the morning cloud, and like the early dew it goes away. … … Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of My mouth; and your judgments are like light that goes forth. … … For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”
The Service of the Word
INTROIT PSALM – Psalm 22 (page 71 CW)
(the Gloria is omitted)
M: A reading from the Prophet Isaiah: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
13Behold, My Servant shall [a]deal prudently; He shall be exalted and [b]extolled and be very high. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage[c] was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men; 15 So shall He [d]sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.
53 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no [e]form or [f]comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no [g]beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and [h]rejected by men, A Man of [i]sorrows and acquainted with [j]grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our [k]griefs And carried our [l]sorrows; Yet we [m]esteemed Him stricken, [n]Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded[o] for our transgressions, He was [p]bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes[q] we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord [r]has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from [s]prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And [t]they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to [u]bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. 11 [v]He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the [w]spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
Hymn: 100 v1-2 – “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth”
M: A reading from the Gospel of St. John: John 19:17-42 . . .
17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things.
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
It Is Finished
28 After this, Jesus, [a]knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.
M: The Gospel of the Lord
C: Thanks be to God
Hymn: 100 v3-4 – “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth”
The Service of Prayer
(please stand or kneel)
M: Dearly Beloved, let us pray for the whole Church, that our gracious Father would defend her from the devil and keep her faithful to her Lord...Almighty and everlasting God, you have revealed your saving name to the world through Jesus Christ our Lord. Protect us from the assaults of the evil one, and help us remain faithful to your Word so that in every adversity, we may stand firm in our faith and give ourselves fully to our Savior's work, through Christ our Lord.
M: We pray for all who are being instructed in the Word, that they remain firm in the simple faith of Baptism...Almighty and everlasting God, you make us your own dear children by the washing of rebirth and renewal in the Holy Spirit. Give strength to all who are buried with Christ in Baptism, that each day they may die to sin and rise again to live new and holy lives, through Christ our Lord.
M: Let us pray for those who are outside the Church, that they may come to know the one, true God and Jesus Christ, whom he has sent...Almighty and everlasting God, your Son was lifted up on the cross so that he might draw all people to himself. Through the proclamation of your Word, mercifully gather from the nations a people that are your very own, that we may join together around your throne in glory to praise and thank you forever, through Christ our Lord.
M: Let us pray for all who suffer under cross and trial...Almighty and everlasting God, you sent your Son into the world to bear our grief and to carry our sorrows. Help those who are suffering for your name's sake and who are struggling against temptation, that they may not be overwhelmed with sadness but find relief in your grace, through Christ our Lord.
M: Almighty and Everlasting God, who desires not the death of a sinner, but that He should turn from His wickedness and live: mercifully hear our prayers for those who have no right knowledge of the Gospel of Your Son; that they may be delivered from their idolatrous worship and gathered into Your holy Church, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit: one God, now and forever.
(You may be seated)
Hymn: 105 “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
(please Stand or kneel)
M: For Jesus' sake we enter into our father's gracious presence …
C: Bless we the Lord. O come, let us worship Him!
M: Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree.
C: Bless we the Lord. O come, let us worship Him!
M: … Almighty God, we pray that You would graciously behold this Your Family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men and to suffer death upon the cross, that You might remove from us the power of the adversary: Help us to remember and give thanks for our Lord's Passion that we may obtain remission of sin and redemption from everlasting death; through the same, our Lord Jesus Christ.
(You may be seated)
Minister: Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O my people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer me. For I have raised you up out of the prison house of sin and death, and you have delivered up your Redeemer to be scourged. For I have redeemed you from the house of bondage, and you have nailed your savior to the cross. O my people!
Cantor (sing) :: Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer, God eternal, leave us not to bitter death. O Lord have mercy.
Congregation: (sing) Hymn 268 v1 “Lamb of God”
Minister: Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O my people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer me. For I have conquered all your foes, and you have given me over and delivered me to those who persecute me. For I have fed you with my Word and refreshed you with living water, and you have given me gall and vinegar to drink. O my people!
Cantor (sing) :: Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer, God eternal, allow us not to lose hope in the face of death and hell. O Lord have mercy.
Congregation: (sing) Hymn 268 v2 “Lamb of God”
Minister: Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O my people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer me. What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes why did it yield only bad? My people, this is how you thank your God? O my people!
Cantor (sing) : Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer, God eternal keep us steadfast in the true faith. O Lord have mercy.
Congregation: (sing) Hymn 268 v3 “Lamb of God”
The Service of the Sacrament
M: For as in Adam all die
C: Even So in Christ, all will be made alive.
M: We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
C: By your Holy cross, You have redeemed the World.
M: By a tree we were made slaves, and by fruit you produced on that holy
cross you freed us.
C: The fruit of the first tree seduced us, God's Son has redeemed us.
M: Savior of the World, save us:
C: Help us, O God who has redeemed us, by the fruit of your given
body and shed blood.
M: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed , took bread, and when He had blessed and + given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said:
“Take, eat; THIS IS MY BODY, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also, He took the cup after supper, and when He had + given thanks, He gave it to them saying:“Drink of it, all of you; THIS IS MY BLOOD of the new Testament, which is shed for you for the remission of sins. This do as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”
M: As our Savior has commanded and taught us, we are bold to pray:
ALL: 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.
M: Deliver us, O Lord, from every evil, past, present, and to done. And grant us peace in all our days that by your compassionate aid, we may ever be free from all sin ans sheltered from all turmoil, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.
M: Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World!
C: O, come, let us worship Him!
(you may be seated)
DISTRIBUTION OF CHRIST'S BODY AND BLOOD
(Reception in the Lord's supper indicates unity in confession and faith. If you have not communed previously with us, please refrain from this holy communion until you have spoken to pastor. We respectfully ask that only those who are members in good standing of Immanuel or our sister WELS & ELS congregations approach the table of our Lord.)
(you may kneel at the supper if you so choose.)
Distribution Hymn: 114
“Christ, the Life of All the Living”
M: Almighty and merciful God, who has restored us by the passion and death of Your Christ: preserve within us the works of Your mercy; that through this mystery we may ever remain faithful, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit: one God, now and forever.
M: We adore you O Christ and we bless you.
C: By your death on the cross, you have redeemed the world.
M: By Your benefits given and shed unto death, we live!
(you may be seated)
HYMN: 718 CW Supplement
“Rest, O Christ, From All Your Labor”
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Following the hymn, the congregation may remain for prayer and meditation if they so desire. Offerings may be placed in the plates as you exit the Lord's House. Sunday Morning our Savior will fulfill His promise to us as He rises.
Join with us in Celebration of Christ's Resurrection!
Vigil: 7:30am + + + Festival Service: 10:00am
“Now from the sixth hour til the ninth hour,
there was darkness over all the land.”
Matthew 27:45; Luke 23:44
Good Friday Service continues the Triduum Sacrum, the “Three Holy Days”, without invocation or Benediction. The Tre Ore Service on Good Friday commemorates the anniversary of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The service honors three hours of darkness during with the Lord hung on the cross. On Good Friday it is customary that the ancient “Reproaches” are chanted. The Seven Last Words, or Utterances, our Lord made while crucified are the customary focus of Good Friday. The Passion according to St. John provides the historic Gospel reading (St. John 18,19). The Adoration of the Cross is an ancient Western custom. Good Friday is one of only two days of the Church Year that black paraments are used.