bulletin — Lent — Good Friday — 04/06/12

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH – MARKESAN, WI April 6, 2012 – 1:30 p.m.

Good Friday Communion Service

Opening Prayer offered by the Pastor:

P: Compassionate God, since faith comes by hearing Your Word, help us to listen to the Scriptures with all attention, that they may criticize our faults, confirm our faith, and console our spirits, through Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Amen.

Opening Hymn 178: 1-3

Benediction and Invocation P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all! C: (spoken) Amen! P: We begin in the name of the Triune God: C: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Confession of Sins P: Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. ALL: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions.  I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good.  For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity.  But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.


P: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Responsive Reading

A compilation of the following passages: Lamentations 1:12, Isaiah 53:3-6, Galatians 3:13, Romans 8:32, John 1:29, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Revelation 5:13 P: Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? C: Behold and see if there is any sorrow like His sorrow. P: He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. C: Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. P: Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; C: yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. P: But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; C: the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. P: God did not spare His own Son, C: but delivered Him up for us all. P: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; C: and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. P: For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, C: that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. P: Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! C: Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!

Prayer of the Day

P: Almighty and everlasting God, You willed that Your Son should bear for us the pains of the cross, that You might remove from us the power of the adversary.  Help us to remember and give thanks for our Lord’s Passion through which we obtain remission of sin and redemption from everlasting death; through the same, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen. Service of the Word

Scripture Reading–Jesus’ crucifixion as recorded in Mark 15:20-39

20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. 21 Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. 22 And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. 23 Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. 24 And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.  25 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. 26 And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27 With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. 28 So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” 29 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 save Yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him. 33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!” 36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.” 37 And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. 38 Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”

Hymn 174

Sermon – John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Theme – Victory at the Cross!

Hymn 185

Collection of the Offering

P: Prayer ALL: 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.

Service of the Sacrament

P: The Lord be with you! C: (spoken) And also with you! P: Lift up your hearts. C: (spoken) We lift them up to the Lord. P: It is right and beneficial that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who brought the gift of salvation to all people by His death on the tree of the cross, so that the devil, who overcame us by a tree, would in turn by a tree be overcome.  Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, we magnify Your glorious Name, evermore praising You and saying:

Hymn 246: 2   as the Sanctus

WORDS OF INSTITUTION P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread.  And when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take, eat.  This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same way He took the cup, after supper, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you.  This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”               The peace of the Lord be with you always!  Amen.

Hymn 146: 3   as the Agnus Dei

DISTRIBUTION of the SACRAMENT – Hymn 172 Communicant members of Faith Lutheran Church or of a sister CLC congregation are invited to come forward.  For more on our communion practice, please speak with the pastor.  Thank you!

Hymn 138: 4   as the Nunc Dimittis

Final Reading from Christ of the Gospels by W. Beck

In the evening there came a rich man by the name of Joseph from Arimathea, a town of the Jews.  He was an important member of the Jewish court, a good and righteous man, who was waiting for the kingdom of God.  He was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he was afraid of the Jews.  He had not voted for their plan and action.  Since it was the day of preparation, that is, Friday, he dared to go and ask Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus.  Pilate was surprised that He should be dead already.  He called the captain and asked him, “Has He already died?”  When the captain told him, Pilate ordered that the body be given to Joseph.  Joseph bought a linen cloth and came and took down the body of Jesus.  Then came also Nicodemus, who at first had come to Jesus at night.  He brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.  So they took the body of Jesus and wrapped and bound it with the spices in clean linen cloths, according to the Jewish custom of burying the dead.  There was a garden at the place where Jesus had been crucified, and in the garden was Joseph’s new grave, which he had cut in the rock and in which no one had yet been laid.  Here, then – because it was the day of preparation among the Jews, and the day of rest was just beginning, and the grave was near – they laid Jesus.  The women who had come with Him from Galilee followed them.  Mary from Magdala was there and the other Mary, the mother of Joses.  They sat before the grave and saw where and how His body was laid.  Joseph rolled a large stone against the door of the grave and went away.  The women went back and prepared spices and perfumes.  But on Saturday they rested according to the commandment.  The next day – the Saturday after the day of preparation – the ruling priests and Pharisees met with Pilate.  “Sir,” they said, “we remember how that deceiver, while He was still alive, said, ‘On the third day I will arise.’  Now, order the grave to be made secure till the third day, or His disciples may come and steal Him and then tell the people, ‘He arose from the dead.’  Then the last deception will be worse than the first.”  “Take a guard,” Pilate told them, “go and make it as secure as you know how.”  So they went and secured the grave by sealing the stone and setting the guard.

Closing Hymn 171: 1-3, 8-9

Easter Sunday! 7 a.m. Early Service – Breakfast – 10 a.m. Late Service