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Whether this is your first time with us or your one thousand and first, we are glad that the Spirit has drawn you here today! Visitors are invited to sign the Guest Book near the front doors of the church and take home a welcome brochure to learn more about us.


Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV727
J. S. Bach

Yeon Soh

Please stand as the clergy enter in procession.


CALL TO WORSHIP Pastor Jeff Goodrich

Leader: Why do we call this Friday good?
ALL: Because today, we behold the cross.

Leader: What good do we see in this instrument of death?
ALL: We see the means of our Savior’s sacrifice.

Leader: What good is in that sacrifice?
ALL: It breaks death’s power; it gives abundant life; it frees from sin; it saves all of creation.

Leader: Then will you sojourn in its shadow with me?
Will you stay with me in this story of sorrow and suffering?
Will you listen to the last words of Jesus Christ, and dare to imagine resurrection as our Savior dies?
ALL: We will.
We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and we praise your holy resurrection,
for by your cross joy has come into the world.


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
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The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray:
Lord, what can we say?
Two thousand years of worship;
Two thousand years of invoking the name of Jesus,
and the world is still crying out in pain:
Greed, pollution, famine, and endless wars.

You asked for love
and we gave respectability.

You asked for justice
and we gave selfishness and insularity.

You asked for compassion
and we spread fear.

You asked us to care for our neighbors
but we stole their food and their dignity.

You raised Jesus from the dead
but we buried him again in religion.

Lord, what can we say?
What can we say while our hearts are still stone?
Maybe today, here, before the cross,
we should be still
and let you do the talking.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer. Amen.

The assembly is seated.

FIRST READING ISAIAH 53:1-12 Pastor Cassie Hartnett

1Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

3He was despised and rejected by others;
a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him of no account.

4Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.

5But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.

6All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

8By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people.

9They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the LORD shall prosper.

11Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.

12Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed?
arr. by Franklin Ritter

Yeon Soh

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

A reading based on the Last Words of Christ.

THE FIRST WORD LUKE 23:32-34 Pastor John Taylor

32Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.


Leader: Jesus, we hear you say:
ALL: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

Tender and loving God: we thank you that Jesus did as he told others to do, and forgave those who wronged him. Help us to forgive others from our heart. And forgive our world for still committing acts of great cruelty. Amen.

The first candle is extinguished.


What Wondrous Love Is This
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THE SECOND WORD LUKE 23:39-43 Reverend Elizabeth Kubota

39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”


Leader: Jesus, we hear you say:
ALL: Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.

God of all justice and mercy, we thank you that Jesus gave this assurance to a man convinced he deserved to die. Awaken us and all sinners to a true understanding of what we are and what we have done. But give us, too, the same assurance, that whatever we have done nothing can separate us from your love. Amen.

The second candle is extinguished.


Jesus, Remember Me
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THE THIRD WORD JOHN 19:25-27 Pete Graham

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.


Leader: Jesus, we hear you say:
ALL: Woman, here is your son. Here is your mother.

Mothering God, we thank you that Jesus thought of others even when dying. Deliver us from self-pity, from brooding on our own wrongs and misfortunes. Help us to be like Christ to our neighbor, acting as Jesus would act, mediating your love. Amen.

The third candle is extinguished.


Steal Away to Jesus
Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher

Rev. Elizabeth Kubota, Harpist

THE FOURTH WORD MATTHEW 27:45-46 Julie Basque

45From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”


Leader: Jesus, we hear you say:
ALL: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

God of darkness and light, we thank you that Jesus was fully human, and no stranger to the anguish of despair. Help us also through the dark times, so that we may emerge with faith strengthened. Amen.

The fourth candle is extinguished.


O Lord, Hear My Prayer
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THE FIFTH WORD JOHN 19:28-29 Deacon Beth Washburn

28After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.


Leader: Jesus, we hear you say:
ALL: I am thirsty.

God of compassion, we thank you that someone answered this cry. Help us to answer the cry of those in our world who are hungry. Amen.

The fifth candle is extinguished.


O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
arr. Raymond H. Haan

Christine Tsen, cello and Rev. Elizabeth Kubota, accompanist

THE SIXTH WORD JOHN 19:30 Pastor Jeff Goodrich

30When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.


Leader: Jesus, we hear you say:
ALL: It is finished.

Almighty God, we thank you that Jesus died believing he had done your will and accomplished your work. May we too be single-minded, and when we die not need to regret that we have squandered your gift of love. Amen.

The sixth candle is extinguished.


Ah, Holy Jesus
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46Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.


Leader: Jesus, we hear you say:
ALL: Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit.

God of all beginnings and endings, we thank you that Jesus died trusting fully in you. May all Christians have the same confidence in the hour of death. May we know that Jesus has conquered death for us all. Amen.

The seventh candle is extinguished.


My Song Is Love Unknown
Kirby Stalley, soloist


The congregation stands for the Litany.



  1. Maker’s love poured out from heaven. Hold us in your mercy.
    Mercy’s Word-made-flesh among us. Hold us in your mercy.
  2. Born as one of homeless pilgrims. Hold us in your mercy.
    Sent to bring the poor good news. Hold us in your mercy.
  3. You who shared the sinner’s table. Hold us in your mercy.
    You who cleansed the leper’s flesh. Hold us in your mercy.
  4. You who shared our life and labor. Hold us in your mercy.
    You who chose to walk our roads. Hold us in your mercy.
  5. You who silence raging demons. Hold us in your mercy.
    You who bid the storm be silent. Hold us in your mercy.
  6. You whose cross has gone before us. Hold us in your mercy.
    You who bear our cross with us. Hold us in your mercy.
  7. Innocent, you faced the guilty. Hold us in your mercy.
    One in death with us forever. Hold us in your mercy.
  8. Come and break the chains that bind us. Hold us in your mercy.
    Free us from addiction’s prison. Hold us in your mercy.
  9. Break the power of the darkness. Hold us in your mercy.
    Let us rise to life with you. Hold us in your mercy.

CLOSING PRAYER Pastor Cassie Hartnett

Let us pray: Gracious Jesus, our Lord and our God, at this hour you bore our sins in your own body on the tree so that we, being dead to sin, might live into righteousness. Have mercy upon us now and at the hour of our death, and grant to us, your servants, with all others who devoutly remember your blessed Passion, a holy and peaceful life in this world, and through your grace, eternal glory in the life to come; where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign, God forever. Amen.

Lord remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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, for ever and ever. Amen.


Were You There
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We depart in silence.

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