Good Friday April 10, 2020

Evening Prayer

We Gather with Art and Music

Reflect and prepare…Be still and aware of God’s presence within and all around.[1]


Click the link to “Nunc Dimitis.*” When the second tab opens, press the “play” arrow, then return to this tab/page to contemplate Carolyn’s image below while the Choral piece is sung. Thank you, Carolyn, for your amazing work!

pillar 2

*Nunc Dimitis interprets text from the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple at 8 days old. Simeon, to whom it has been revealed by the Holy Spirit that he would not taste death until he beheld the Promised Messiah with his own eyes, is in the Temple when Jesus is presented. Upon beholding Jesus, he takes him up in his arms and lifts up this prayer:

Luke 2:29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[h] in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

Interpreting this text as a preparation of release of spirit into eternal rest for Simeon casts, in my mind, the foreshadowing of Jesus’ own release of spirit we mark in remembrance this night. May the music, text, and interpretation move you to ever closer to the heart of God.


“When I look at the heavens, the work of your hands, the moon an the stars that you have made; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, children of earth that you care for them? Yet you have created us a little lower than the angels, and crowned us with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5

Let us pray together:


For the night skies opening outwards star upon star expanse after expanse thanks be to you, O God. For the mystery of your presence in and beyond all that can be seen thanks be to you. Guide us this night into the inner universe of our souls, ever opening inwards light upon light new depth after new depth. Guide us through strange and fearful spaces towards the place of your eternal dwelling and assure us again that in drawing closer to you we draw closer to the heart of every living being – that in drawing closer to you we approach the heart of life…even now, as darkness descends.

(First candle is extinguished)


Hymn #726 “Will You Come and Follow Me”


Jesus said, One who has bathed does not need to wash.                         John 13:10

In our baptism, we have been bathed by the grace of God. Trusting in the steadfast love of Jesus Christ, let us seek God’s wholeness; even as darkness descends…

(Second candle is extinguished)


Renew us this night in the image of your love, renew us in the likeness of your mercy, O God. May any refusal to forgive that lingers with us from the day, any bitterness of soul that hardens our hearts be softened by your graces of the night. Renew us in the image of your love, O God, renew us in the likeness of your mercy…even as the darkness descends.  Amen.

(Third candle is extinguished)


[Water is poured into the font.]

We are told in scripture that in Jesus Christ, we are made new. Believing this to be true, we joyfully cry,

Thanks be to God, even when darkness descends!

(Fourth candle is extinguished)

Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”


Gracious God, feed us with your holy Word and fill us                   1 Cor. 11:23-26

with your Holy Spirit, so that our lives may proclaim the mystery of faith in Jesus Christ our Lord; even as the darkness descends…

(Fifth candle is extinguished)


A GOSPEL STORY: “The Garden and the Arrest” Scripture Reference: John 18:1-19:42

TL 4-10-2020 YA GF The Garden and the Arrest

“The Gospel of the Lord.” “Praise to you, O Christ!”

Hymn #228 “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

(Sixth candle is extinguished)


That life is conceived out of passion and that your passion for life has been sown within every human being thanks be to you, O God. For the desires in women and men for children and life-long yearnings of mothers and fathers for the well-being of their sons and daughters thanks be to you.

For the hopes of friends for one another and the cries of whole societies and nations for justice and freedom for their people thanks be to you. Rekindle in us your passion for life, O God, rekindle in us your passion for life; even as darkness descends.

(Christ candle is extinguished)


Good Friday liturgy is part of one event that spans three days—the triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil—there is no blessing in this service; rather, it ends in a way that is intentionally unresolved, indicating that there is more to come.

Questions for Reflection[2]

The cross is the central symbol of our faith. Why do you think that is? Has its meaning changed for you over time? Jesus was willing to die for his cause, but not kill for it. How does that inform you on your Christian Journey?

Household Prayer: Evening

God, on this most challenging weekend, be with us. Open our eyes to see moments of pain and suffering around us into which we may carry your loving presence. Holy One, into your hands we commit this day that we have lived, and the morrow that is to come as we await your Easter morn. Salvage what needs saving in me. Strengthen what is good in me. And in all things bind me closer to you through Jesus Christ. Amen.

[1] Prayers adapted from John Philip Newell’s Celtic Benediction: Morning and Night Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co., 2000), 67-71.

[2] Kimberly Bracken Long, ed. Feasting on the Word Worship Companion: Liturgies for Year A, Volume 1 (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013), 128.

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