Bulletins

Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – 11am
 Service led by Bethany UCW
Bulletins are donated in loving memory of all
Departed UCW Members.
A Service to “Draw the Circle Wide” ….
(from The Gathering written by   David Sparks)
Organ Prelude
Welcoming & Announcements
Call to Worship:
L:  Love calls us here, the love of the Crucified One
P:  The love of Jesus refused compromise with the powerful.
L:  Love calls us here, the love of the Crucified One.
P:  The love of Jesus took the tough but faithful road.
L:  Love calls us here, the love of the Crucified One.
P:  The love of Jesus struggled with the easy way out.
L:  Love calls us here, the love of the Crucified One.
P:  The love of Jesus endured the rejection of his friends.
L:  It is the love of Jesus that calls us here.
Offertory Hymn: My Song Is Love Unknown  VU #143   (remain seated)
Doxology
Offertory Prayer: (In Unison)
You who had it all … gave it up, that we might be enriched and enabled to respond.  Thank you, O Giver of Life, for these gifts offered in response to you.  Bless them that they might be used to the glory of your work.  Amen.
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Scripture: Matthew 26: 36 – 46   Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Jesus Feels the Isolation
Sung Response   (See page 5)
Scripture: Matthew 26: 69 – 75   Peter Denies Jesus
A Friend of Jesus Has Let Him Down
A Prayer of Hope: (responsive)
L: In midst of uncertainty and doubt
P: We need your presence, O God
L: In the midst of betrayal and rejection,
P: We need your friendship, O God
L: In the midst of powerlessness and despair,
P: We need your confidence, O God.
L: When the fear of death comes home to us,
P: We need your eternal love, O God.  Amen.
Sung Response    (See page 5)
Scripture: Matthew 27: 11 – 14   Pilate questions Jesus
                 Matthew 27: 27 – 31   The soldiers make fun of Jesus
What It’s Like to be Powerless
Sung Response:    (See page 5)
Choir Anthem: Go to Dark Gethsemane
Prayer of Confession:
L:  O God, it is hard to believe that the friends of Jesus would let him         down at the crucial moment.
P:  We confess that we, too, have not always been friends to trust.  L:  O God, it is hard to believe that the headers with the power would        fail to understand the goodness of Jesus.
P:  We confess that we, too, have used our power over others        unwisely.
L:  O God, it is hard to believe that popular opinion could be         manipulated to condemn a wonderful person.  3
P:  We confess that we, too, have gone along with the crowd.
L:  O God, it is hard to believe that the cruel death of crucifixion was        tolerated in a civilized society.
P:  We confess that we, too, have been slow to speak out against         the cruelty and injustice of our time.
(a time of silence)
Words of Assurance:
L:  We stand at the foot of the cross and look up.   We regain our         Christian perspective.
P:  We will see our weakness through the eyes of Christ.
L:  The cross changes our perspective.
P:  We will find courage through the example of Christ.
L:  The cross changes our perspective.
P:  We will stay the course through the persistence of Christ.
L:  The cross brings us to a new way.
P:  We will experience peace through working in the spirit of       Christ.  Amen.
Hymn: Were You There   VU #144
Scripture: Matthew 27: 32 – 44 Jesus is Crucified
The Crucifixion Echoes Down the Ages
Sung Response:    (See page 5)
Scripture: Matthew 27: 45 – 56   The Death of Jesus
People Are Being Crucified All Over the World.
Sung Response:     (See page 5)
Hymn: There is a Green Hill   VU #152
Scripture: Matthew 27: 57 – 61   The burial of Jesus
We Also Suffer Crucifixion
Sung Response:   (See page 5) 4
Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: When I Survey he Wondrous Cross   VU #149
Commissioning: (In unison)
O God, send us forth with the ever present remembrance of the great debt we owe, which we cannot ever repay.  But, help us to live in such a way that we may be worthy to be counted among our followers.
Benediction
Organ Postlude
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Sung Response ….  (Refrain only from Draw the Circle Wide)
Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still.
Let this be our song, no one stands along,
standing side by side draw the circle wide.
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