UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF HANCOCK
Open and Affirming of ALL God’s Children
The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.
Tenebrae – A Service of Shadows
April 14, 2022
This service will be in the sanctuary and on Zoom at 7 p.m.
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Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and death; we remember the cataclysmic nature of his sacrifice as we hear the overwhelming sound of the “strepitus”; and through the return of the small but persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service, we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory.
(The strepitus [Latin for "great noise"], made by slamming a book shut or banging a hymnal against the pew, symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ's death.)
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* Indicates points in the service when we stand in body or spirit
Prelude A Lenten Prelude Giovanni Pergolesi/Troutman
*Call to Worship
One: This evening, we remember.
All: We remember the Passover Jesus shared with his disciples.
One: We remember his new covenant of broken bread and shared cup.
All: We remember his night alone in the garden of prayer.
One: We remember his arrest, his trial, his suffering, his death.
All: This evening, we remember.
*Hymn Jesus, Remember Me (sing 2x) R. #198
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
*Invocation (spoken in unison)
Gracious God, be near to us in this time of solemn meditation. Let a portion of the Spirit which accompanied Jesus to the cross descend on us. This evening, may every selfish desire be quieted and may the peace which passes understanding keep our hearts and minds attentive to the passion of Jesus. May our hearts be open to every holy affection and ready to receive every sacred impression. We pray in the name of the one whose love bore the weight of rejection and suffering, Jesus our Lord. Amen
Invitation to the Passover Meal
One: This is an open table at which all are welcome.
Words of Institution
All: On the night when Jesus was betrayed, Jesus gathered with his disciples in the upper room where an ordinary meal became an instrument of God. At this table, Jesus broke bread with those who would betray him. At this table, Jesus drank wine with the one who denied him. At this table, Jesus communed with those who would abandon him. At this table, Jesus gave a new commandment. At this table, we learn to love one another as God loves us.
One: Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” When the supper was over, Jesus took the cup, gave thanks to God, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is the cup of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness from our failings and hope for the new life to come. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
All: O God, pour out your Spirit upon these gifts of bread and wine that they might be for us the presence of the living Christ. Pour your Spirit upon us also that we may be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.
Breaking Bread and Pouring Wine
With this one loaf, we who are many, become one.
With this one cup, what was before has been renewed.
Sharing the Elements
The body of Christ, given for you. Amen. The cup of our salvation, given for you. Amen
*Prayer of Thanksgiving (in unison)
Our Creator, our Savior, our Sustainer in this holy mystery, you have given yourself to us. We are eternally grateful. Empower us, that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves to each other in the name of Jesus Christ who gave his life for us.Amen
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The Service of Shadows *Lighting of the Tenebrae Candles
The Shadow of Betrayal Reading #1 Matthew 26:20-25 (NRSV) *Response: Hymn – Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended R. #186
Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended, that mortal judgment hath on thee descended? By foes derided, by thine own rejected, O most afflicted!
Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee! 'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee: I crucified thee.
For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation, Thy mortal sorrow, and thy life’s oblations:
Thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion, For my salvation.
Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay thee, I do adore thee, and will ever pray thee,
Think on thy pity and thy love unswerving, Not my deserving.
The Shadow of the Agony of Spirit and Arrest Reading #2 Matthew 26:36-50 (NRSV) Response: Choir—When Jesus Wept B. #192
The Shadow of Denial Reading #3 Matthew 26:69-75 (The Message) *Response: Hymn – Before the Cross of Jesus R. # 188
Before the cross of Jesus our lives are judged today;
the meaning of our eager strife is tested by his way.
Across our restless living the light streams from his cross,
and by its clear, revealing beams we measure gain and loss.
The hopes that lead us onward, the fears that hold us back,
Our will to dare great things for God, the courage that we lack,
The faith we keep in goodness, our love, as low or pure,
On all, the judgment of the cross falls steady, clear, and sure.
Yet humbly, in our striving, O God, we face its test.
We crave the power to do your will with him who did it best.
On us let now the healing of his great Spirit fall,
And make us brave and full of joy to answer to his call.
The Shadow of Accusation Reading #4 Matthew 27:11-14, 20-29 (NRSV) *Response: Hymn – O Sacred Head, Now Wounded R. #187
O sacred Head now wounded with grief and shame way down, now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown, how art thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn! How does that visage languish which once was bright as morn.
What thou, my Lord, hast suffered was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ‘Tis I deserve thy place;
Look on me with thy favor, vouch safe to me thy grace.
What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend;
For this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever; and, should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never, outlive my love to thee!
The Shadow of Crucifixion and Humiliation Reading #5 Matthew 27:31-43 (The Message) Response: Come Sweet Death, Come Blessed Rest J.S. Bach/ Wagner
The Shadow of Death Reading #6 Matthew 27:45-54 (NRSV) *Response: Hymn – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (vs. 1-3) R. #202
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 to the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.
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 Christ Candle is Removed
The Shadow of Burial Reading #7 Matthew 27:57-60 (The Message) *Response: Hymn – Were You There? R. #200
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb? Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
The Christ Candle Is Restored
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (vs. 4) R. #202 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.
*Dismissal One: May Jesus Christ who for our sakes became obedient unto death, even death on a cross, keep you and strengthen you. People: Amen.
The People Leave in Silence
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Many thanks to those who helped make this service possible –
in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
Deb Riley – Music Minister
Peggy Emigh, Doug Kimmel & Pat Summerer – Deacons
Mary Angela Davis, Nick Davis, Jeanne Edwards, Peggy Emigh, Doug Kimmel,
Kathy McGlinchey, Pat Summerer – Readers
Vicky Espling – Liturgist
Cynthia Wood – Graphics Minister
Ron Schwizer – Audio-Video Support
Vicky Espling – Office Secretary
TJ Mack – Settled Minister
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Tenebrae: A Service of Shadows –‘This service is adapted from resources of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Content on this website is licensed as Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0.’
"Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-738532. All rights reserved.”
Jesus, Remember Me
Words and Music - ©1981 Taizé, Les Presses de (North America)
Contributors: Jacques Berthier, Taizé
Before The Cross Of Jesus
Words and Music - ©1997 Lorenz Publishing Corporation, The
Contributors: Ferdinand Blanchard, Frederick C Maker, Gilbert M Martin
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
Words and Music - ©PD Public Domain
Contributors: Public Domain
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Words and Music - ©2012 Public Domain
Contributors: Public Domain
Were You There?
Words and Music - ©2020 Stephen DeCesare / Exultet Music
Contributors: Traditional Spiritual, Traditional Spiritual, Stephen DeCesare