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Good Friday Tenebrae – Service of the Shadows

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“Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is a Christian religious service celebrated in the Holy Week within Western Christianity, on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Tenebrae is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms are chanted or recited.” Info from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenebrae


Maundy Thursday Foot Washing

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Pastor Brad washes Ken Tomayko’s feet during Maundy Thursday Worship service.  Ken is Vice President of Church Council.

This tradition is from the Book of John, in which Christ washes his Disciples’ feet during the Last Supper.

John 13:1-17,

1Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had   come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in    the world, he loved them to the end. 2During supper, when the devil had alread put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”12When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you under- stand what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say     to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.


Good Friday, 03-25-16

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Good Friday

March 25, 2016

At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.

John 18:1-11

Psalm 22:1-5

John 18:12-24

Psalm 22:6-10

John 18:25-38

Psalm 22:11-15

John 18:39-19:16

Psalm 22:16-20

John 19:17-30

Psalm 22:21-25

John 19:31-37

Psalm 22:26-31

John 19:38-42

Almighty God, we ask you to look with mercy on your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and to be given over to the hands of sinners and suffer death on the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


Good Friday – We remember Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. After being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, being betrayed by one his own disciples, Judas Iscariot, abandoned by those closest to him, he was wrongly convicted by the religious leaders, and received massive physical abuse. Once sentenced to death by the Roman leader Pontius Pilate, Jesus receives the worst punishment-crucifixion on the cross. Even on the cross our Lord was abandoned by the Father God who could not stand the sins of the people taken on by Christ. That’s why Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” After his death, Jesus’ body is laid in a never-used garden tomb.