Good Friday Home Worship 4/10/2020

Dear Church at Oakdale,

Good Friday is a day that has been set aside for centuries to remember our Lord’s sacrifice for us. We remember the effects of sin on the world; we remember the heavy penalty for sin and that God Incarnate died for us. Normally we would be doing this together at our church building, but current circumstances make that impossible, so we have prepared a service for you to do at home with your family or on your own. For many of us, this will seem awkward. I encourage you to lean into the discomfort; this is a unique time for us all, and we trust the Lord will use it to stretch and grow us all in ways we never could’ve imagined. This Good Friday service is a good way to teach your kids why Good Friday is personally meaningful to you and answer questions that might not have been asked during a more formal service. It is also a wonderful way to care for your brothers and sisters in Christ who do not have family close by and have them virtually join you for the service. Finally, as you consider the sacrifice of Christ this Good Friday, I pray that you will eagerly anticipate the celebration of His resurrection.

In Christ,
Pastor Tyler

Items needed for this self-led Good Friday service:

– Crackers (saltine, oyster, etc.) and grape juice

– Optional Element: 6 lit candles.

[This service is designed to take you through the story of the results of sin in the world, which started at the very beginning and culminated in the death of Christ on the cross. All along the way, the expectations and hopes of many were dashed by the presence of sin in the form of death, slavery and suffering. The final strike of sin was the death of the Messiah who everyone expected to bring an end to sin’s reign. When Jesus died, the hopes of His followers were dashed and they were afraid, “were we wrong?” “What will happen to us now?” “What should we do?” Follow the service in order to illustrate the yearning for salvation and to set the stage to celebrate Easter.

Actions to take are marked by {} and comments on what is happening is marked by brackets []. Also, portions of each reading have been bolded to indicate an optional shorter reading for families with younger children. The intent is for the service to get progressively darker and ultimately end the day in darkness, so you may want kids in their pajamas, so they can go right to bed after the service is over.]

{Light candles and dim/turn off room lights.}

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

{Put out first candle.}

We Listen: “Back to the Garden”

Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1, 3, 5-8, 12-13, 50-51

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,

“Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.

For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”

All the people of Israel did just as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron.  And on that very day the LORD brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

{Put out second candle.}

We Listen: “Pass Over Us”

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:1-10

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

{Put out third candle.}

We Sing: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (Lyrics are below.)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.
 
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most, 
I sacrifice them to His blood.


See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?


Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small,
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Communion and Scripture Reading: Luke 22:14-22

[Note: Communion is an ancient and sacred ordinance established by Jesus himself for us to remember his death and serve as a proclamation of our union with him in his death. As such, it is a good idea to explain what is happening to your children. It is up to parents as to whether to allow children to partake, as it is at church, but in general non-believers should not participate. If your children have not professed faith in Christ (Rm. 10:9), consider not serving them. Also, it is wise to take a moment before communion to have a time of self-examination and confession. Paul tells us not to partake in an unworthy way (1 Cor. 11:27-31), so please be aware of yourselves as you partake together.]

And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
{Serve communion}

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
{Eat}

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
{Drink}

But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!”

{Put out fourth candle.}

We Sing: “Behold the Lamb of God”. (Lyrics are on video.)

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:6-32

Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him. And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 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. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

{Put out fifth candle.}

We Sing: “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” (Lyrics are on the video.)

Scripture Reading: Mark 15:33-46

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?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 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.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. 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 stone against the entrance of the tomb.

{Put out sixth candle and shut down/black out your screen.}

[As you leave the room, it should be as dark and as silent as possible
to illustrate the darkness inside the tomb and the darkness of the days before Jesus rose.]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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