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Luther's Rose

St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Celebrating Our 125th Anniversary 1892-2017

Good Friday

Our Father, Who Art in Heaven

Good Friday

 Psalm 72

Give the King Your Justice

Of Solomon.

  Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
 May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!

 May they fear you while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth!
 In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more!

 May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth!
 May desert tribes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust!
 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
render him tribute;
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring gifts!
 May all kings fall down before him,
all nations serve him!

 For he delivers the needy when he calls,
the poor and him who has no helper.
 He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
 From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
and precious is their blood in his sight.

 Long may he live;
may gold of Sheba be given to him!
May prayer be made for him continually,
and blessings invoked for him all the day!
 May there be abundance of grain in the land;
on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field!
 May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
May people be blessed in him,
all nations call him blessed!

 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!

 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.


 “ 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, And grant to me Thy grace.”

(Lutheran Service Book, #449, st.1)

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 Luther’s marvelous turn of phrase “der froehliche Wechsel” (“the happy exchange”) makes clear that those born dead in our trespasses (all of us!) need our Savior Jesus to take our sin and death to His cross in Holy Baptism and to give us in turn His eternal life and righteousness. We, the walking dead, can do nothing. We cannot ask Jesus into our heart. We cannot believe. We cannot do anything to cooperate in our salvation, because we are dead in our trespasses. Only the death of God’s incarnate Son Jesus can give us His eternal life and righteousness as He exchanges for them all that we can call ours…our sin and our death! So, when we pray, “Deliver us from evil,” we do so knowing He has indeed done so for us  on His cross. Today, then, is a day of quiet celebration for such grace! He will deliver us from all evil at last!


  1. Will you worship at St. Matthew’s at noon today at the very hour Christ hung on the cross?
  2. Will you worship at the Tenebrae at 7 p.m. today as the choir leads us to ponder Christ’s death?

Prayer for Good Friday:

Almighty God, we pray You graciously to behold this Your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 Put 45 pennies, nickels, or dimes in a bowl to provide farm animals for the global poor.

Pastor Samuel D. Zumwalt, STS

St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Wilmington, North Carolina

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