First Immanuel Lutheran Church
GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE APRIL 2, 2021
GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE APRIL 2, 2021
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  • First Immanuel Lutheran Church
    W67N622 Evergreen Blvd, Cedarburg, WI 53012, USA
    Friday 6:30 PM
  • River of Life - First Immanuel Lutheran Ministries Saukville Campus
    598 Hillcrest Rd, Saukville, WI 53080, USA
    Friday 6:30 PM
GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE
April 2, 2021 6:30 p.m.

THE INVOCATION
Pastor: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.

P: God spared not His own Son;
C: But delivered Him up for us all.
P: Those who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into His death.
C: As Christ rose from the grave, so we who believe in Him will live forever.

THE COLLECT
Pastor: We thank You, our God and Loving Father, that You have drawn us to Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. By the memory of His Cross sustain us in our trials; comfort us in our sorrows; and strengthen us against temptation. Grant that it may be to us a continuing promise of the forgiveness of our sins and an eternal life of righteousness with You. In Jesus name we pray.
People: Amen.

THE GOSPEL LESSON…Matthew 27:32-44
32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.



THE SERMON

THE OFFERING

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THE TENEBRAE SEQUENCE

THE PROPHECY

THE SCRIPTURE LESSON...........................Isaiah 53:2-12
2 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. 3 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. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5But 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. 6 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.7 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.8 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?9 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.10 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.11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[ and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,[ and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,[ because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

THE HYMN “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
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?
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REJECTED BY HUMANITY

THE SCRIPTURE LESSON.............Matthew 26:47-50
47While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him.

THE INSTRUCTION

EXTINGUISHING OF THE FIRST CANDLE

THE HYMN “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
Were you there when they left Him all alone
Were you there when they left Him all alone
Oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they left Him all alone

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REJECTED BY CHURCH

THE SCRIPTURE LESSON........................Matthew 26:62-68
62And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 63But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”


THE INSTRUCTION

EXTINGUISHING OF THE SECOND CANDLE
THE HYMN “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
Were you there when they scourged Him with the whip?
Were you there when they scourged Him with the whip?
Oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they scourged Him with the whip?

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REJECTED BY NATION

THE SCRIPTURE LESSON..............................Luke 23:6-11
6When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7And when he learned that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate.

THE INSTRUCTION

EXTINGUISHING OF THE THIRD CANDLE

THE HYMN “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
Were you there when they mocked Him to His face?
Were you there when they mocked Him to His face?
Oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they mocked Him to His face?
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REJECTED BY WORLD

THE SCRIPTURE LESSON................................Luke 23:20-24
20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted.
THE INSTRUCTION

EXTINGUISHING OF THE FOURTH CANDLEFTHE

HYMN “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
Were you there when they cried out for His death
Were you there when they cried out for His death
Oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they cried out for His death

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REJECTED BY GOD

THE SCRIPTURE LESSON.................Matthew 27:45-46
45 Now from the sixth hour[ there was darkness over all the landuntil the ninth hour.46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

THE INSTRUCTION

EXTINGUISHING OF THE FIFTH CANDLE

THE HYMN “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?
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HIS DEATH FOR OUR SINS

THE SCRIPTURE LESSON………........Luke 23:46-47
46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”

THE INSTRUCTION

EXTINGUISHING OF THE SIXTH CANDLE
THE SILENT MEDITATION (Consider the suffering and agony Jesus suffered for you because of His love for you.)

THE HYMN “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
Were you there when He bowed His head in death?
Were you there when He bowed His head in death?
Oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when He bowed His head in death?

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HIS BURIAL

THE SCRIPTURE LESSON ..............Luke 23:50-53
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.

THE INSTRUCTION

THE HYMN “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”
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?

THE VERSICLES
Pastor: Lord have mercy upon us
People: Christ have mercy upon us.
Pastor: Lord have mercy upon us.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.

THE EVENING PRAYER (by pastor)
When all have spoken a silent prayer, let them depart in silence from the House of God