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Were You There?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Ohh, 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 cross?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross?
Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross?


Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

Words: Anon. Latin; trans. By Paul Gerhardt, 1656 and James W. Alexander, 1830

Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1601


27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him  and led Him away to be crucified.  

Matthew 27:27 (NKJV)

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.  

Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)

O sacred Head, now wounded,with grief and shame weighed down;
 now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss 'til now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call thee mine.


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, vouchsafe 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.


Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Words: Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1872

Music: Frederick C. Maker, 1881


17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:


20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ ”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:

“They divided My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Therefore the soldiers did these things.

John 19:17-24 (NKJV)


For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)


Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,

the shadow of a mighty Rock within a weary land;

a home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,

from the burning of the noontide heat and the burden of the day.


Upon the cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see

the very dying form of One who suffered there for me:

and from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess,

the wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.


I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place:

I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of his face;

content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss;

my sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.

Ah, Holy Jesus

Words: Johann Heermann, 1630; trans. By Robert S. Bridges, 1899

Music: Johann Crüger, 1640


Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we]esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
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.
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.

Isaiah 53:4-6 (NKJV)

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended,
That man to judge Thee hath in hate pretended?
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 Thine incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and Thy life's oblation;
Thy death of anguish and Thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.


Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
For our atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.


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.


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Words: Isaac Watts, 1707

Music: Lowell Mason 1824


But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)


But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14 (NKJV)


Prayer:  Prince of Glory, help me never take for granted the great price You paid on the cross to take away my sins. Move me to live for You, sharing Your story with others. Then all together we will glory in Your cross and in all that You have done to earn our salvation. I praise You, and I pray in Your name. Amen.

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 me 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


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


Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small

Love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all

Go to Dark Gethsemane

Words: James Montgomery, 1820, 1825, alt.

Music: Richard Redhead, 1853


36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

Matthew 26:36-46 New King James Version (NKJV)


Prayer:  Wonderful Savior, We give ourselves to you during this Holy Week, because we know we are weak in faith. As you agonize for us and pray for us in Gethsemane, we are unaware and fall asleep when the stakes are very high and our souls weigh in the balance. Help us this week to keep watch and stay alert, that we may see and believe as Jesus works out our salvation. Thank you for your grace to forgive. Thank you that, somehow, you believe in us even when we do not deserve it. And thank you for making of us more than we are, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Go to dark Gethsemane, you who feel the tempter's pow'r;
Your Redeemer's conflict see; watch with Him one bitter hour;
Turn not from His griefs away; learn of Jesus Christ to pray.


Follow to the judgment hall; view the Lord of life arraigned;
O the worm-wood and the gall! O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suff'ring, shame, or loss; learn of Him to bear the cross.


Calv'ry's mournful mountain climb; There, adoring at His feet,
Mark the miracle of time, God's own sacrifice complete:
"It is finished!" Hear the cry; learn of Jesus Christ to die.


Early hasten to the tomb where they laid his breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom; who hath taken Him away?
Christ is ris'n! He meets our eyes: Savior, teach us so to rise.


Words and Music: Jack Hayford, 1981


“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your King is coming to you;

He is just and having salvation,

Lowly and riding on a donkey,

A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9


Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,

The power and the glory,

The victory and the majesty;

For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;

Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,

And You are exalted as head over all.

I Chronicles 29:11


During Lent we have been preparing for Easter.  On this day we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey.  People welcomed him with palms and shouts of praise, but the path before him led to self-giving, suffering, and death and before the week was out those shouts turned to “Crucify him!!” 

Today we greet him as our king, although we know his crown is thorns and his throne a cross.  We follow him this week from the glory of the palms to the glory of the resurrection, but we do so by the dark road of suffering and death. 


Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you rode into your city in triumph on this day, receiving the shouts and the welcome of many people.  Come into our hearts today.  Receive our welcome and our acclaim.  Come to rule in our hearts and minds and help us to go out to proclaim you as ruler over all.

(adapted from http://www.thisischurch.com/churchservices/.palmsunday2006.pdf)

Majesty, worship His majesty, unto Jesus be all glory, honor and praise,
Majesty, kingdom authority, flow from His throne, unto His own His Anthem raise

So exalt, lift up on high, the name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King
Majesty, worship His majesty,

Jesus who died, now glorified King of all kings

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