First United Methodist Church - Yankton
Saturday, May 26, 2018
207 W 11th St Yankton SD 57078 (605) 665-2991

TENEBRAE

SERVICE

First United Methodist Church

March 30, 2018

 

        Yankton, South Dakota

           Rev. Ron Johnson

          Pastor Corey Enfield

 

“The Shadows”

By Andy Goodiff

Adapted by Wyatt Yager

 

On Good Friday the church remembers the crucifixion of her Lord. Traditionally this day has been celebrated with a Tenebrae service. Tenebrae means “shadows.” Our service tonight, while solemn, is not a message of gloom, but a service of adoration of the Son of God as He offers up His life as the Lamb of God. True, this is a day of darkness, and we shall experience that progressive darkness, as we follow Christ on “The Way of the Cross.” But from that Cross our Lord spoke seven times - light in the midst of darkness-and we shall celebrate that light. Already that “Christ Candle” is aglow in the chancel. Toward the end of the service it will be removed for a moment, symbolizing the Lord’s death. In that darkness, the sound of the “strepitus” is heard, a harsh noise denoting the closing of the tomb. But the candle returns, in anticipation of the Resurrection, our Lord’s and our own, as we depart in silence to be “the light of the world” ourselves, disciples commissioned to let our lights shine.

 

Tonight you will notice the following parts of our Tenebrae worship:

 

THE LIGHTING OF THE TENEBRAE CANDLEABRA - Genesis 1:1-4

                     A bare altar: this reminds us of Christ’s abandonment before His passion

                     Silence before the service: time for quiet meditation

                     Extinguishing of the candles: recalls the miraculous darkening of the sun while             

               Christ   was on the cross and the suffering Christ endured for us.

                     Disappearance of last candle: recalls the moment of Christ’s death

                     Loud sound near end of service: foreshadows Christ’s breaking the bonds of death        

               and exiting His sealed tomb on Easter

                     Return of last candle: anticipates seeing Christ, arisen

                     Silence after service: time for quiet meditation

 

PRELUDE

 

LIGHTING OF THE TENEBRAE CANDLEABRA

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

  Come, let us gather again in the shadow of the Cross of Christ.

      We gather to remember the overwhelming evidence of Love’s ultimate sacrifice.

Who would have guessed that the height and depth, the length and width of God’s love might look like this: a forsaken Savior on a cross?

        Certainly not us. Not us, who are too often lost amid the world’s distractions and        responsibilities. Not us, for whom such love was offered without cost.

Let us gather again in the shadow of the Cross of Christ and commit ourselves to remember the price paid. Let us live our lives in a way that indicates why this Friday is called “Good”.

        Thanks be to God who opened the gates of heaven that we might have the faith,                     hope, and love, witnessed in Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation.

 

*OPENING PRAYER

 

*HYMN #294 (UM hymnal) (vs. 1, 2, 5)                              “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed”

 

*CALL TO CONFESSION

Without wavering, hold fast to the promise of hope. In faith and trust, let us bring our confessions before God.

 

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, this is a night of long – forgotten hosannas, a night of sleeping disciples and of betrayal with a kiss; this is a night of denials and scoffers, a night of whips and of washing our hands to our deserving blame in evil; this is a night of thorns and nails, a night of crying out with the psalmist: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”; this is a night when we glimpse human foolishness and feel, in the marrow of our bones, the depth of our own human frailty; this is a night when we witness the razor’s edge separating hope and despair, a night of acute awareness of how often we stand silent and frozen in the unfolding suffering of our world. Gracious God, you also promised that you would forgive our sins and our refusal to follow your ways. Soften our hearts that we can want forgiveness; break them open so that we can receive forgiveness; shape them anew so that we can live as forgivers, forgiving people. We ask this in the name of the one who, even on the cross, asked forgiveness of those who hung him there. Amen.  

 

*WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Out of Christ’s anguish, we shall see light. Poured out to death, Christ makes intercession for us and opens the curtain between us and the living God.

 

*PASSING THE PEACE

Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, a sign of peace. Let those of us who truly love Christ redeem Judas’ betrayal by offering one another signs of genuine love and peace on this holy night.            

 

SPECIAL MUSIC                             “Abide With Me”                          Praise Team Members

 

“The SHADOW OF BETRAYAL”

 

Response #301 (UM hymnal) (vs. 1, 3)                              “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”

 

“THE SHADOW OF DENIAL”

 

Response #292 (UM hymnal) (vs. 1, 2)                                  “What Wondrous Love Is This”

 

“THE SHADOW OF ANGUISH”

 

Response #2113 (black song book)                                                                 “Lamb of God”

 

“THE SHADOW OF TREACHERY”

 

Response #2108 (black song book)                                       “O How He Loves You and Me”

 

“THE SHADOW OF ACCUSATION”

 

Response #298 (UM hymnal) (stz. 1, 2)                      “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

 

“THE SHADOW OF DEATH”

 

THE BURIAL

 

SPECIAL MUSIC                            “I Will Boast”                                 Praise Team members

 

REMOVAL OF THE CHRIST CANDLE - a loud noise is made signifying the death of Christ.

 

CHRIST IS LAID IN THE TOMB

 

HYMN #288 (UM hymnal)  (vs. 1, 5)                                                          “Were You There”

 

“THE SHADOW OF THE TOMB”

 

THE RETURN OF THE CHRIST CANDLE after a brief silence (This symbolizes the   

   Resurrection that is yet to come)

 

BENEDICTION

 

THE POUNDING OF THE NAILS

You may remain in the sanctuary for a time of silent meditation. When ready to return home, you may dismiss yourselves. (Depart in Silence)

 


 

We thank our readers: Paige Golden, Chad Herrmann, Steve King, and Pastor Corey Enfield, Special Music, Organist, Jill Wilson. Symbol of Shadows and Darkness, Cole Sawatzke. Lights, Craig Sherman.  Special effects, Caleb Kisch. Sound, Matt Pietz.