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The Rev. Thérèse  Samuel
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You will need: a pen and small piece of paper, and a cross if you have one. You can make one by placing two sticks or small branches in a cross shape. Be creative!                                                                                                                                                                       April 10, 2020 ~ 3:00 PM Good Friday Leading us today in Worship Minister:                               

Rev. Thérèse Samuel Music Director:                  
Dr. Christopher Burton Lay Leader                          
Phyllis Fleming    

We Gather… * HYMN   VU 147 What Wondrous Love Is This? (VU 147) (OL)

1. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse
for my soul, for my soul,
to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.  

2. What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul, what wondrous love is this, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of life to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul, to lay aside his crown for my soul.

3. To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing, to God and to the Lamb I will sing; to God and to the Lamb, who is the great I Am, while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing, while millions join the theme I will sing.  

4. And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on; and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be, and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, and through eternity I’ll sing on.    

WELCOME        

CENTERING WORDS and INTENTION-SETTING                             (AWA) Darkness is falling. Our journey ends here, at the foot of your cross. Our journey ends where love comes to die. brief silence to set our intention for this time of worship    

CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                   (AWA) When we are lost and lonely, Jesus, remember me. When worry threatens to crush our spirits, Jesus, remember me. When our words wound the people we love, Jesus, remember me. When we treat others with contempt and disdain, Jesus, remember me. When we come into God’s kingdom, Jesus, remember me. Welcome me home.  

OPENING PRAYER                                                                 (AWA) Lord, our journey ends here, at the foot of the cross. Darkness is falling. The crowd is restless. Our hearts break, as your cries pierce the night. Stay with us, Lord, for we need you close at hand. And when the night is over and the journey continues,    give us the courage to stay with you. Amen.                                                                                     

LITANY OF CONFESSION                                                       (AWA) Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases. I am the one who held the nails. We accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. I am the one who raised the hammer. But he was wounded for our transgressions. I am the one who rolled the dice. He was crushed for our iniquities. I am the one who pointed and laughed. Upon him was laid the punishment that made us whole. I am the one for whom he died. By his bruises, we are healed. When I know not what I do, do not withhold your love, for we long to be made whole.  

WORDS OF ASSURANCE                                                         (AWA) Even as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke words of love. To the thief, to his tormentors, to a world of sinners, our Lord says:    “I will remember your sins no more.” For you, Jesus carried that cross. For you, Jesus bled and died. For you, Jesus spoke words of love. For you, Jesus offers forgiveness and grace.  

We Reflect on the Word TENEBRAE LITURGY(AWA)

First Word: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Read Luke 23:32-38)
And we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have all turned to our own way. Extinguish first candle  

Second Word: “Today, you shall be with me in paradise.” (Read Luke 23:39-43)                
And we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have all turned to our own way. Extinguish second candle  

Third Word: “Woman, mother, behold your son.” “Behold your mother.” (Read John 19:23-27)              
And we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have all turned to our own way. Extinguish third candle  

Fourth Word: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Read Matthew 27:45-49)       
And we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have all turned to our own way. Extinguish fourth candle  

Fifth Word: “I thirst.” (Read John 19:28-29)               
And we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have all turned to our own way. Extinguish fifth candle  

Sixth Word: “It is finished.” (Read John 19:30)                     
And we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have all turned to our own way. Extinguish sixth candle  

Seventh Word: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Read Luke 23:44-49)                
And we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have all turned to our own way. Extinguish seventh candle  

INVITATION TO REFLECT ON THE CROSS (AWA)
Our brokenness leaves us in need of God’s love and grace. With arms spread wide, our Lord invites us to find healing, and wholeness. Let us bring our brokenness before God, knowing that we are not forsaken. (During this time, worshippers may write down issues they wish to bring before God, and then place the written cards on a large cross)

MUSIC FOR REFLECTION Were You There ~ African American Spiritual  

OFFERING       A single stone held by the worship leader represents all the ways we give. UNISON OFFERING PRAYER (AWA) What can we bring you today, Lord? Your sacrifice is so great; our gifts seem so meager. Yet you open your arms to us and accept us as we are. Take our offerings and use them, Lord for the healing of your kingdom. Amen.  
The stone is placed in the offering plate.

We Leave in Silence

SOURCES: The following are used with permission:   (AWA) By Shelley Cunningham, from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2020, © Abingdon Press. (OL)- One License #608577: “What Wondrous Love Is This,” Words American Folk Hymn, circa 1811; Music American Folk Hymn, 1840. Harmony by Paul J Christianse, 1955. Harmony © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, Augsburg Fortress.   “Were You There,” African American Spiritual.