Songs and Scenes – Holy Week: Good Friday, April 3, 2015

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On Good Friday we remembered Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who humbled himself, became obedient to death on the cross, and redeemed us from our sin. The service of Tenebrae, meaning shadows, was our guide as we meditated on Christ’s suffering through Scripture, hymns, and communion. In this liturgy review you’ll find links to the readings, songs, and video used in the service. Photos by Lana Eklund

1. Gathering Song: Were You There – Words: Traditional African Spiritual, Music: Clint Well

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble,
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


2. Go to Dark Gethsemane – Words: James Montgomery (1825), Music: TOPLADY (Hastings), We used Page CXVI’s arrangement of “Rock of Ages” for the melody and arrangement of this hymn.

Go to dark Gethsemane,
You who feel the tempter’s pow’r;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see;
Watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away;
Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

Calv’ry’s mournful mountain climb
There’ adoring at His feet,
Mark the miracle of time,
God’s own sacrifice complete:
“It is finished!” Hear Him cry;
Learn of Jesus Christ to die.


3. The Shadow of Inner Agony: Matthew 26:36-50

What Wondrous Love is This – Author: Anonymous, Tune: WONDROUS LOVE (Southern Harmony), We used Wen Reagan’s arrangement of this hymn.

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?


4. The Shadow of Denial: Luke 22:54-62

This Breaks My Heart of Stone – Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), Music by Benj Pocta.

Jesus let thy pitying eye
call back a wandering sheep.
False to Thee like Peter, I
would fain, like Peter, weep.
Let me be by grace restored;
On me be all it’s freeness shown
turn and look upon me Lord;
And break my heart of stone
And break my heart of stone.


5. The Shadow of Accusation: Luke 22:66-23:1

Agnus Dei by Trinity Anglican Mission

Jesus, Lamb of God,
who takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us.

Oh, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy on us.


6. The Shadow of Judgement and Mockery: Matthew 27:11-14, 20-30

O Sacred Head Now Wounded – Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Ber­nard of Clair­vaux (1153), Translation: James W. Al­ex­and­er (1830), Music: Page CXVI

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale are Thou with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
O how your face bears sorrow that once was bright as morn!

You bled by our hands. You bled by our hands.
You bled by our hands. You bled.
For me. For you. For us.


7. The Shadow of Crucifixion and Humiliation: Matthew 27:31-43

How Deep the Father’s Love For Us by Stuart Townend, The Crossing’s arrangement was adapted from a recording by King’s Kaleidoscope

How deep the Father’s love for us,
how vast beyond all measure
that He should give His only Son
to make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
the Father turns His face away
as wounds which mar the chosen One
bring many sons to glory.


8. The Shadow of Death: Mark 15:33-34, John 19:28-30, Mark 15:38-39

A time of silence followed this reading.

9. The Sounds of the Cross – a video by Igniter Media

10. Communion Song: Nothing But the Blood – Words and Music by Robert Lowry, Arragement: Page CXVI

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

How precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
nothing but the blood of Jesus.


11. Communion Song: Death in His Grave by John Mark McMillan

On Friday a thief,
on Sunday a king.
Laid down in grief,
but awoke with keys
to Hell on that day.
First born of the slain,
the man, Jesus Christ, laid
death in his grave.


12. It is Finished by Dustin Kensrue, The Crossing’s arrangement is not avaialble.

It is finished! He has done it!
let your weary heart rejoice.
Our redemption is accomplished
raise a shout with ragged voice.


Music Team for Good Friday 2015:

Andrew Camp: vocals, electric guitars
Kristen Camp: vocals
Scott Johnson: vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
Justin Schilb: violin
Guimel Sibingo: vocals
Brad Stephenson: Reader
Stephen Varner: drums
Greg Wiele: bass and acoustic guitars

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