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Bulletin & Hymns

Friedens Reformed Church 

P.O. Box J, Tripp, South Dakota 57376

Church: 605-935-6758

Affiliated with: The Evangelical Association of Reformed & Congregational Christian Churches

April 9, 2020         Maundy Thursday


Opening Prayer: Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of our minds, we beseech Thee, by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that, being delivered from every unholy motion of the flesh and spirit, we may perfectly love Thee, with a pure heart and sanctified lips worship Thee, and worthily magnify Thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


**Call to Worship: Responsive Reading Isa. 53:3-6; Ps. 22:6-8

M: He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 

C: Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 

M: But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 

C: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Psalm 22:6-8

M: But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All those who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, 

C: they shake the head, saying, “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”


**Prayer of Confession: Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life. To the Glory of thy holy Name. Amen.


Assurance of Absolution: Hearken now unto the comforting assurance of the grace of God, promised in the Gospel to all that repent and believe: As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Unto as many of you, therefore, beloved brethren, as truly repent of your sins, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, with full purpose of new obedience, I announce and declare, by the authority and in the name of Christ, that your sins are forgiven in heaven, according to His promise in the Gospel, through the perfect merit of Jesus Christ our Lord.


**The Apostles’ Creed

**The Gloria Patri 


Offertory Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (stanzas 1-2) #185 R


“When I survey the wondrous cross. On which the Prince of glory died,

My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.


Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, Save in the death of Christ, my God;

All the vain things that charm me most – I sacrifice them to His blood.”



**Prayer of Dedication: O God, who hast so greatly loved us, and mercifully redeemed us; give us grace that in everything we may yield ourselves, our wills and our works, a continual thank-offering unto Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


t Devotional Meditations from The Shadow of Calvary, by Hugh Martin

Tenebrae: The Service of Shadows


The Shadow of Betrayal
Reading Matthew 26:20-25 First candle is extinguished
Hymn: Journey to Gethsemane #219 B 


“Journey to Gethsemane, go and feel the tempter’s power;

Your Redeemer’s conflict see, watch the anguish of this hour;

Do not hide or turn away: learn from Jesus how to pray.


Follow then to Pilate’s hall, view the Lord of life arraigned;

Crowned with thorns and mocked by all, faithfully this pain sustained;

Greater still than shame or loss, Jesus now must face the cross.


Calvary’s mournful mountain climb, see the Savior lifted high,

Mark the miracle of time, God’s own Child is sacrificed;

“It is finished!” Jesus cries: learn from Jesus how to die.


Early hasten to the tomb, hear the cry of great surprise; 

Then the silence in the room, Jesus there no longer lies;

Christ is risen! Realize that with Christ we, too, may rise.”


The Shadow of the Agony of Spirit
Reading Matthew 26:36-46 Second candle is extinguished
Devotional Meditation – Pastor Andy t


The Shadow of Betrayal 

Reading Matthew 26:47-50 Third candle is extinguished
Hymn: Ah, Holy Jesus #218 B 


“Ah, holy Jesus, how have you offended, 

that mortal judgment has on you descended?

By foes derided, by your own rejected, O most afflicted!


Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon you? 

It is my treason, Jesus, that has slain you.

And I, dear Jesus, I it was denied you; I crucified you.


For me, kind Jesus, was your incarnation, 

your mortal sorrow, and your life’s oblation, 

Your death of anguish and your bitter passion, for my salvation.


Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay you, 

I do adore you, and will every pray you,

Think on your pity and your love unswerving, not my deserving.”


The Shadow of Arrest
Reading Matthew 26:51-56 Fourth candle is extinguished
Devotional Meditation – Pastor Andy t


The Shadow of Accusation and Denial
Reading Matthew 26:57-75 Fifth candle is candle is extinguished

Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (stanza 3) #185 R


“See, from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down; 

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown!”


The Shadow of Crucifixion and Humiliation
Reading Matthew 27:27-44 Sixth candle is extinguished
Hymn: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded #226 B


“O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, your only crown,

How pale you are with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!

How does your visage languish which once was bright as morn!


What you, dear Savior, suffered was all for sinners’ gain;

Mine, mine was the transgression, but yours the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior, for I deserve your place;

Look on me with your favor, O grant to me your grace.


What language shall I borrow to thank you, dearest friend;

For this your dying sorrow, your pity without end?

May I be yours forever; and though my days be few,

O Savior, let me never out live my love for you!”


The Shadow of Death
Reading Matthew 27:45-54 Seventh candle is extinguished
Hymn: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (stanza 4) #185 R

The Christ Candle is Removed


“Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all.”


The Shadow of Burial
Reading Matthew 27:57-60
Silent Meditation


The Christ Candle Is Restored


Pastoral Prayer

**The Lord’s Prayer



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