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Good Friday

Good Friday Worship

April 2, 2021

First United Methodist Church, Mission, Texas


The Seven Last Words of Christ in a Tenebrae Service




Prelude           “Away in a Manger/Old Rugged Cross”

Trio of Gary Leatherman, Dan Darnell and Pastor Bill Duke


*Call To Worship

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and we loved darkness rather than light.

God is light, in whom there is no darkness at all.

For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light. But all who do what is true come to the light.

Come let us worship in spirit and in truth.




*Hymn            “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”            #298

(Procession of the Cross as hymn is sung)


Responsive Reading from Psalm 22                                       #752


Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, we your church confess that often our spirit has not been that of Christ. Where we have failed to love one another as he loves us, where we have pledged loyalty to him with our lips and then betrayed, deserted, or denied him, forgive us, we pray; and by your spirit make us faithful in every time of trail; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Old Testament Lesson           Isaiah 53:3-12

(all Scripture readings from The Good News Bible)


New Testament Lessons:       From the Upper Room to the Cross

                        Luke 22:40-43

                        Mark 14:43-46 & 14:53-63


Nailing Our Sins Upon the Cross

All are invited to come forward to make your private confession, at the altar rail. Then, If you choose, you may write your confession on the paper provided. Pastor Bill or others will assist you in nailing it to the cross.


Seven Last Words of Christ


During the readings, all lights will be gradually dimmed until it is totally dark. During this time, please remain where you are until the lights are brought up enough to see to leave the service in total silence.


  1. Father forgive them                                       Luke 23:32-36
  2. Today you will be with me in paradise         Luke 23:39-43
  3. Woman, here is your son                              John 19:25-27
  4. My God, why have you forsaken me?          Matthew 27:46
  5. I am thirsty.                                                    John 19:28
  6. It is finished                                                    John 19:30
  7. Into Your hands I commend my spirit.         Luke 23:46


Stripping of the Sanctuary

All Candles, Brass Cross, and Bible are  covered in black. Pulpit and Lectern are also covered in black.


*Special Music                       “Were You There?”

Sung by Gary Leatherman, Dan Steenken, Dan Darnell and Pastor Bill Duke


Sending Forth in Silence        Exit in Silence              No Benediction


Please wait for some of the lights to come back up before

leaving the sanctuary.

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