Good Friday – April 10


Welcome and Introduction of the service

The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.

Song:  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Call to Worship:

Song:  “How Beautiful”

The Shadow of the Garden – Matthew 26:36-41

Song: “Gethsemane”

The Shadow of Betrayal – Mark 14: 43-46

Song:  “Ah Holy Jesus” 

The Shadow of Accusation – Mark 15:1-5, 11-15

Song:  O Sacred Head Sore Wounded

The Shadow of Denial – Matthew 26:69-75

Song:  Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer

Crucifixion – John 19:16-17, Luke 23:33-34, 39-43

Song:  Ten Thousand Angels

The Shadow of Death – Luke 23: 44-46


Song:   Man of Sorrows

The Shadow of Burial – Matthew 27:57-60

Christ Candle removed 

Song:   Were You There

Closing Prayer and Blessing: 


We wait together by the tomb of Jesus, carrying our grief;
the grief of the betrayer, the grief of the denier, the grief of the crucifiers.
We carry the grief of the lost, the heartbroken, the bereft.
Upon our Lord was laid the grief of us all.  It is finished.
God of endings, God of darkness, God of the tomb, God of dark days and great loss,
be with us now as we wait with Jesus.

Song:  Rock of Ages