Good Friday

April 10, 2020

Join us for a 'virtual' Tenebrae Service that pairs readings, hymns, and prayers that guide us as we meditate on our Lord's suffering and death and prepare to celebrate his resurrection on Sunday.  Please use the written prayers to guide your own prayer.



Prayer

Almighty God, we ask you graciously to look on us as your people, whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the Cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.




First Reading: Genesis 22:1-18





Hymn: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded



O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down;

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown;

O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was thine!

Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call thee mine.


What thou, my Lord, has suffered was all for sinners' gain:

Mine, mine was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior! 'Tis I deserve thy place;

look on me with thy favor, vouch-safe to me thy grace.


What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest Friend,

For this, thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?

O make me thine forever; and should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.





Second Reading: Psalm 22:1-11




Third Reading: Hebrews 10:1-25



Prayer

Blessed Lord Jesus, before your cross I kneel and see the heinousness of my sin, my iniquity that caused thee to be "made a curse," the evil that deserves divine wrath. Show me the enormity of my guilt by the crown of thorns, the pierced hands and feet, the bruised body, the dying cries. Your blood is the blood of God incarnate, its worth infinite, its value beyond all thought. Great must be the guilt that demands such a price. Sin is my malady, my monster, my foe, born in my birth, alive in my life, strong in my character, dominating my faculties, following me as a shadow, intermingling with my every thought, my chain that holds me captive in the empire of my soul. Yet your compassions yearn over me, your heart hastens to my rescue, your love endured my curse, your mercy bore my deserved stripes. Let me walk humbly, bathed in your blood, tender of conscience, triumphing gloriously as an heir of salvation. Amen.





Hymn: Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed


Alas! and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die!

Would he devote that sacred head for such a worm as I!


Was it for crimes that I had done he groaned upon the tree!

Amazing pity! Grace unknown! And love beyond degree!


Well might the sun in darkness hide, and shut his glories in,

When Christ, the mighty Maker, died for man the creature's sin.


Thus might I hide my blushing face while his dear cross appears;

Dissolves my heart in thankfulness, and melt mine eyes in tears.


But drops of grief can ne'er repay the debt of love I owe;

Here, Lord, I give my self away, 'tis all that I can do.




Fourth Reading: John 18:1-11





Fifth Reading: John 19:1-37




Hymn: Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted


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;

By his Son God now has spoken: 'tis the true and faithful Word.


Tell me, ye who hear him groaning, was there ever grief like his?

Friends thro' fear his cause disowning, foes insulting his distress;

Many hands were raised to wound him, none would interpose to save;

But the deepest stroke that pierced was the stroke that Justice gave.


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's the Rock of our salvation, his 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.



Homily: Mark 10:32-45




Prayer Guide

Our heavenly Father sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved; that all who believe in him might be delivered from the power of sin and death, and become heirs with him of everlasting life. We pray, therefore, for people everywhere according to their needs:


Good Friday Day of Prayer and Fasting

Suggested Prayers 


1. Pray that God, in his power and mercy, would end the coronavirus pandemic.

2. Pray that all our government leaders will be protected from the virus and that they will have the patience, wisdom, civility, and compassion to deal with the many problems facing our country in this perilous time.

3. Pray for the safety of all members of the medical community and pray that they will be able to care for the sick with wisdom, kindness, and stamina.

4. Pray that the sick will be healed and restored and that the elderly will be protected. 

5. Pray that the medical community will have the medical supplies, drugs, testing kits, protective equipment, ventilators, hospital and ICU beds to take care of the sick. 

6. Pray for those who are grieving for lost friends and family. 

7. Pray for the poor and all those who have be hurt by the economic downturn: employees, the self-employed, small business owners, big businesses, churches, and charities. 

8. Pray that all those who have lost jobs will be able to return to work soon.

9. Pray to restore the economy.

10. Pray that in these difficult times hurting people will not turn to drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and domestic abuse.

11. Pray for those confined by quarantine, those who are sheltered in place, and those practicing social distancing that they might not despair in loneliness and isolation.

12. Pray for our education system at every level that has broken down under the threat of disease.

13. Pray for the health and protection of all those who work in jobs that still serve the public every day and have greater exposure to the virus.

14. Pray for a vaccine to end this virus and that this plague might not return among us.

15. Pray that in this time of great national distress that our people will show patience, kindness, and love to all, and not turn to panic, greed, and mischief. Pray that the cast down will be raised up.

16. Pray for single mothers, widows, orphans, aliens, and outcasts in their distress.

17. Pray for the peace and safety of the Church universal around the world.

18. Pray for people everywhere according to their needs and for all the special needs that you know about.

19. Pray that the people would realize the brevity and uncertainty of life and would turn to Christ in repentance and faith.

20. Pray that the people of God will love what he commands and desire what he promises.

21. Pray that God will be pleased with our prayers and answer them in His infinite grace and mercy in Christ.




Hymn: Were You There?


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?


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?


Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they pierced him in the side?


Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?


Were you there when he rose up from the dead?

Were you there when he rose up from the dead?

Oh! Sometimes I feel like shouting glory, glory, glory!

Were you there when he rose up from the dead?










Musicians & Singers: Austin Miedema, Gabe Drury, Hans, Jesse, and Merry Tamminga, Kelsey Chambers, and Noa Lovegren

Readers: Bert Hitchcock, Katlyn & David Heck, Jordan & April Levien, Tate Garrett, and the Lovegrens

Prayers adapted from ACNA Book of Common Prayer and The Valley of Vision

"Good Friday Day of Prayer and Fasting Suggested Prayers" from www.byfaithonline.com

When

MORNING WORSHIP TIMES

Sunday morning worship is at 9:30 in the sanctuary. In fall through spring, the morning worship service is followed by Sunday School for all ages at 10:50 AM, ending at 11:45 AM. Coffee and refreshments are served after worship and Sunday School. 


EVENING WORSHIP TIME

Sunday evening worship and Bible study is at 5:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Soup and sandwich suppers take place after the evening service from fall through spring. There is no need to bring anything; just stay and serve yourself!  




What to Expect

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

You can expect to gather together with God's people to worship the Lord through singing, praying, partaking of the sacraments, and receiving God's Word through preaching and teaching. You can expect to hear about and experience the love of Christ.


WHAT ABOUT PREACHING?

Here at the Chapel, you will find expository, Christ-centered, preaching and teaching. We are committed to the Scriptures and believe that the whole Bible points to Jesus and that the gospel of grace is good news. We see that God in His Word emphasizes His covenant love and grace to His people and is relentless in His pursuit of us because He has committed Himself to us and has promised to finish the good work that He has begun in us.


Our Location

Our Chapel is easy to find.


From Bellingham: Take the Guide Meridian north from Bellingham (I-5 Exit 256). Go 8 miles. The church is on the left or west side of the road. Due to the traffic circles you have to cross Wiser Lake and go all the way around the Wiser Lake Road traffic circle and head south again. The Chapel will then be on your right after you cross back over the lake.


From Lynden

If you are coming from Lynden, take the Guide south past Wiser Lake. The church will be on your right. 


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CHAPEL ADDRESS

7121 Guide Meridian Rd.

Lynden, WA 98264