Good Friday

April 10, 2020

The entire order of service is found in this video. You can also see the printed portions below.

You can also see it on our Facebook Page -


Preparations for Worship:

  • Do your best to eliminate distractions like the phone, TV, etc.
  • Worship actively! Whether you are by yourself or with others, try reading the parts of the service aloud (responses, lessons, and prayers). Try singing along with the hymns too.
  • This service is for children too. Help them participate. Involve those who have that ability to read a prayer or lesson aloud. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. Ask questions. Encourage little ones to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Unlike our more typical worship at church, you can pause at any time for questions and discussion.
  • Before you begin, load each of the videos below. Then hit “pause” as soon as each begins.
  • Pause for a moment of quiet meditation. Then pray:
    Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and speak your praise. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us, and grant us your peace.




  • Through the mouth of King David, Jesus speaks of his sufferings a thousand years before they took place on the cross.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from saving me?

I am a worm and not a man,

scorned by men and despised by the people.

All who see me mock me;

they hurl insults, shaking their heads:

“He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him.

Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”

My strength is dried up,

and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;

you lay me in the dust of death.

A band of evil men has encircled me,

they have pierced my hands and my feet.

They divide my garments among them

and cast lots for my clothing.

But you, O LORD, be not far off;

O my Strength, come quickly to help me.



Almighty Merciful God, your Son was lifted up on the cross to draw all people to himself. Grant that we who have been given life through his blood may at all times find mercy in your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


SONG - “The Power of the Cross”



When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” 


THE SECOND WORD – Luke 23:38-43  

There was a written notice above him, which read: “This is the king of the Jews.” One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” 


THE THIRD WORD – John 19:25-27 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. 


THE FOURTH WORD – Matthew 27:46 

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 


THE FIFTH WORD – John 19:28-29  (Paul)

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 

THE SIXTH WORD – John 19:30

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 


THE SEVENTH WORD – Luke 23:46 

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. 


SONG - “The Power of the Cross”



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Open our hearts, heavenly Father, that the words of the cross find a home in each of us. Help us to keep your truth faithfully and to meditate on all this evidence of your saving grace. Grant us a confident faith along with all the fruits of the Holy Spirit, Lord. May your patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control accompany our words of witness and our humble deeds of service.


In these difficult days, bless our church, our community, and every nation with the peace you purchased at the cross. Encourage those who are lonely. Cheer those who are sad. Heal those who are sick and suffering. Strengthen those who are weary. Comfort those who mourn. In life and in death, Lord God, draw us and all people to the cross. Accept all our prayers for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Redeemer, in whose name we join in the prayer he taught us:



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 forever and ever. Amen.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen. 
(2 Corinthians 13:14)


SONG – “Rest, O Christ, from All Your Labor”

Here is some additional worshipful music for Good Friday. This song too connects with the Word of God you just read and heard.


Martin Luther College is the college of ministry for our church body, training those who will preach and teach the gospel in churches, schools, and mission fields all over the world. The College Choir is directed by Professor Adrian Smith.