Good Friday Worship -- April 2, 2021

A worship service for The United Methodist congregations of Mission Zone 12

(Avoca, East Lakeport, First, Gratiot Park, Jeddo, Marysville, North Street)




CALL TO WORSHIP – John 3:19; 1 John 1:5-7



“Within the Shadow of the Cross”                                   

Worship Quartet

Anthem lyrics are included at the bottom of the bulletin





Liturgy of the Word – John 13:31-35

Liturgy of the Table

L:     The Lord be with you.

P:    And also with you.

L:     Lift up your hearts.

P:    We lift them up to the Lord.

L:     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:    It is right to give him thanks and praise.

L:     It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. . . .

        . . . . Therefore, in unity with your people on earth, and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

P:    Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest.

L:     Holy are you, O Lord, and blessed is your Son, Jesus. . . .

. . . . O God, in remembrance of your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves to you, in praise and thanksgiving, as holy and living sacrifices. Therefore, in union with Christ, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

P:    Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

L:     Pour out your grace upon us, Father, and upon these gifts of bread and wine. . . .

. . . . Through your Son, Christ Jesus, and in unity with the Holy Spirit, all honor, power, and glory are yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. Bless us now as we stand and pray as your Son taught us, saying:

P:    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. Amen.

Sharing the bread and juice


L:     May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.



[The first candle is extinguished]

Congregational Response:

Most holy and merciful Father, we confess to you, and to each other, that we have sinned in our thoughts, in our words, and in our deeds. By what we have done, and by what we have failed to do, we have refused to love you and our neighbor.  Have mercy on us, O Lord. Forgive our apathy to scarcity and suffering, and heal our blindness to injustice and cruelty.  Through the sanctifying presence of your Holy Spirit, purify our rebellious hearts and transform our wayward minds into the image of your righteous Son, Jesus our Savior.  Amen.


THE SHADOW OF DENIAL – Luke 22:54-62

[The second candle is extinguished]

Congregational Response                                   Psalm 22:1-11                                                               UMH pg. 752

L:     My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

P:    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

L:     O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;

P:    and by night, but find no rest.

L:     Yet you, the praise of Israel, are enthroned in holiness.

P:    In you our forebears trusted; they trusted and you delivered them.

L:     To you they cried, and were saved;

P:    in you they trusted, and were not disappointed.

L:     But I am a worm, and not human;

P:    scorned by others, and despised by the people.

L:     All who see me mock at me;

P:    they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;

L:     “He committed his cause to the Lord; let the Lord deliver him. Let the Lord rescue him, for the Lord delights in him!"

P:    Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.

L:     Upon you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me, you have been my God.

P:    Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.



[The third candle is extinguished]

Congregational Response:

Almighty God, whose Son bore the weight of our sin, grant us the grace to fathom the tragedy and the triumph of his cross.  And, illuminated by your Word and Sacraments, allow us to share in his sufferings and shine with his glorious light, so that you may be known, adored, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


 THE SHADOW OF HUMILIATION – John 18:28-37; 19:1-3

[The fourth candle is extinguished]

Congregational Response

“What Wondrous Love Is This”

UMH #292 (vv. 1-3)

1.  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 my Lord of bliss

to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,

to bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

2.  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 life

to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,

to lie aside his crown for my soul.

3.  To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,

to God and to the Lamb, I will sing;

To God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,

while millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing;

while millions join the theme I will sing.



[The fifth candle is extinguished]

Congregational Response         

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"

UMH #298

1.  When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.

2.  Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

3.  See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown.

4.  Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.



[The sixth candle is extinguished]

Choral Response

"Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani"


Congregational Response

"O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

UMH #286

1.  O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn!

2.  What thou, my Lord, has suffered was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! 'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor, vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3.  What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever; and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for thee.


THE SHADOW OF DEATH –Mark 15:33-39

[The seventh candle is extinguished]

Choral Response


Quartet and Flute


THE SHADOW OF BURIAL – Matthew 27:57-66

[The eighth candle is extinguished]


We depart the sanctuary in silence






Those helping lead this evening's worship:

Pastoral Leadership (in order of appearance):

  • David Reed: North Street UMC

  • Drew Hart: Port Huron First UMC

  • Curtis Clarke: Central Lakeport & Marysville UMCs

  • Joseph Fetterly: Avoca & Jeddo UMCs

  • Eric Miller: Gratiot Park UMC

Musical Leadership:

  • Kathy Cay: organ/piano

  • Ann Jacobs: soprano

  • Cathy Grattan: alto

  • Tom Norager: tenor

  • Steve Grattan: bass

  • Jackie Prause: flute


Anthem Lyrics:

Within the Shadow of the Cross:

Within the shadow of the cross, he stood on Calvary: a little boy, alone and lost, a little child like me. Within the shadow of the cross, he turned and raised his eyes. He wondered who this stranger was; why did he have to die? The angry mob cried out with scorn; they showed no shame nor grief, but silence fell upon them as the man began to speak. Although his voice was faint and weak, the words were clear and true: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Within the shadow of the cross the child began to cry. He felt the pain; he felt a loss; he watched the stranger die. Then all at once the air was cold, the sky was dark and gray; and those who watched were filled with fear, they turned and went away. But through the storm the child remained; his fears were all but gone. Now he knew the answer: he had felt the touch of God! Within the shadow of the cross he knelt on Calvary, no longer alone, no longer lost, a child of God like you and me.



Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani:

Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? My heart is melted away within me, I am poured out like water….They pierced my hands, they pierced my feet. I can count all my bones; they stare at me and mock me.


In the shadow of a manger, by a candle's dancing flame, tender Mary holds her baby, and she breathes his holy name. "Jesus, rest your weary head, close your weeping eyes." As evening falls, she starts to sing a lullaby. "Lulay, lulay, peace be yours tonight." In the shadow of the temple, in a place so far from home, Mary sees her child of wonder, and she marvels how he's grown. "Jesus, rest your weary head and think on gentle things." With loving arms, she holds her Savior and she sings, "Lulay, lulay, peace be yours tonight." In the shadow of Golgotha, underneath a darkened sky, Mary gently cradles Jesus. Through her tears she says good-bye. "Jesus, rest your weary head. Your work on earth is done." And as the darkness falls, she whispers to her son, "Lulay, lulay, peace be yours tonight."


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