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He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites-all their sins-and put them on the goat's head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert.                                       Lev. 16:21-22

Kar-Freitag – Good Friday


The Lord’s Supper

Das Heilige Abendmahl



SHMC 2005



Springfield Heights Mennonite Church

March 25, 2005 - 9:50am


Versammlung – Der Himmel steht offen                       GB #258

Welcome/Willkommen                                 Pastor Ewald Goetz

Invocation/Aufruf zur Karfreitags Feier     


Choirs – Jesu, Word of God Incarnate


Leader:  Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice.

Choir: Worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive Power and Wealth, Wisdom and Might, Honour and Glory and Blessing.

Cong. Song – To God Be the Glory                              MH #532

Gedicht: Auf dem Weg nach Golgatha                Henry Siemens

English Choir – Go to Dark Gethsemane

Versammlung – O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden             GB #82

Schriftwort:  Leviticus 16

Botschaft:                                                 Pastor Ferdinand Funk

       Christ died for our Sins/ Christus Starb für unsere Sünden

German Choir – Jesu meines Lebens Leben

Communion / Abendmahl

Versammlung – O Welt sieh hier dein Leben                  GB #84

Words of Institution/Worte der Einsetzung

Partaking of the Bread     

  Cong. Song – Were You There  (During Distribution)          MH #164

  Congregation – Christi BLut und Gerechtigkeit          GB #291

Partaking of the Cup

  Choir – Das Kreuz es stehet fest

Closing Words of Encouragement & Blessing

 Cong. Song – I Stand Amazed in the Presence MH #540 (v.1,4,5)

Communion Service Diagram



 Leviticus 16

The Day of Atonement

1 The LORD spoke to Moses… 

3 "This is how Aaron is to enter the sanctuary area:

with a young bull for a sin offering

and a ram for a burnt offering.

6 "Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering

to make atonement for himself and his household.

7 Then he is to take the two goats

and present them before the LORD

at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.

8 He is to cast lots for the two goats –

one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat.

9 Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD

and sacrifice it for a sin offering.

10 But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat

shall be presented alive before the LORD

to be used for making atonement

by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat.


18 "Then he (Aaron) shall come out to the altar

that is before the LORD and make atonement for it.

He shall take some of the bull's blood

and some of the goat's blood

and put it on all the horns of the altar.

19 He shall sprinkle some of the blood on it

with his finger seven times

to cleanse it and to consecrate it

from the uncleanness of the Israelites.

20 "When Aaron has finished making atonement

for the Most Holy Place,

the Tent of Meeting and the altar,

he shall bring forward the live goat.

21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat

and confess over it all the wickedness

and rebellion of the Israelites - all their sins –

and put them on the goat's head.

He shall send the goat away into the desert

in the care of a man appointed for the task.

22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place;

and the man shall release it in the desert.


34 "This is to be a lasting ordinance for you:

Atonement is to be made once a year

for all the sins of the Israelites."

Christ Died for our Sins

Good Friday! 

What a name for a day

that will be remembered in history

for the cruelty and injustice

that took place on a small hill outside of Jerusalem.

What was good about that Friday? 

I invite you to come along on a journey to Jerusalem,

and more specifically to Calvary,

where the Son of God suffered and died.

For this sermon I’m drawing on Max Lucado’s book,

       No Wonder they Call Him the Savior: Chronicles of the Cross

As we look at some of the events of that day,

I invite you to feel the impact

and the meaning of Christ's death for you.

It was Friday morning.

The breaking news on the streets of Jerusalem

Spread like a wild-fire. 

"Have you heard? 

They've got the son of the carpenter. 

He will be executed. 

It was just a matter of time before he would go too far. 

They say that one of his own men turned him in." 

Some people were weeping.

His mother Mary, his best friend John. 

Many onlookers were making fun of him and laughing. 

Some walked up the hill with  the crouds

out of curiosity to watch the spectacle.

Many were angry that the sacred time of the Passover

was being disturbed by these social activists. 

Some people were wondering

if this was the same man

who only a few days earlier rode into Jerusalem

on a carpet of palm leaves and clothes. 

A few hours later,

At the foot of the cross

words were spoken that were meant to hurt

"Come down from the cross, if you are the son of God." 

"If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself."  

These were bitter words. 

Full of hate and sarcasm. 

Wasn't it enough that he was crucified? 

Did they have to break his spirit too? 

Sometimes I find Christ's words from the cross

hard to take for my own life. 

How he managed to bring it over his lips is beyond me. 

"Father, forgive them;

for they do not know what they are doing." 

And then there were the thieves

that were crucified on his side. 

While the one joined in with the mockery,

the other one found his savior.

Something told him that the man on the middle cross

was a righteous man. 

He met the One who could save him, and he prayed,

"Jesus, is there any chance

you could put in a good word for me

when you come into your kingdom?" 

The answer came back full of grace and compassion,

"Consider it done my friend. 

Today you will be with me in paradise." 

Why did Jesus give him that promise?

What could a worthless thief offer in return? 

You're right: Absolutely Nothing! 

And that's exactly the point. 

The love of Jesus for us does not depend upon

what we do for him. 

In His eyes we have value just because we are. 

Not because of what we do or have done,

but simply because we are. 

What an amazing grace!

Let me ask you something.

Remember a time when you felt very lonely. 

You felt abandoned  by your family and friends. 

No one seemed to remember, that you even exist. 

That's a pretty aweful feeling, isn't it. 

Now listen to Jesus' cry of loneliness on the cross: 

"My God, my God.  Why did you forsake me!" 

Never have any words carried so much hurt. 

Never has any one person been so alone. 

Jesus felt the full impact

of the act of chasing a scapegoat into the wilderness. 

Lev. 16:21-22 describes that event: 

The crowd becomes quiet as the priest receives the goat;

the pure, unspotted goat. 

In sombre ceremony he places his hands on the young animal. 

As the people witness, the priest makes his proclamation. 

"The sins of the people be upon you." 

The innocent animal receives the sin of the Israelites. 

All the lusting, adultery, and cheating

are transferred from the sinners to this goat,

to this scapegoat.

He is then carried to the edge of the wilderness and released.  Banished. 

Sin must be purged, so the scapegoat is abandoned. 

"Run, goat, run." 

The people are relieved. 

God is appeased. 

The sin-bearer is alone.

That is also the story of Good Friday. 

Every lie ever told,

every object ever coveted,

every promise ever broken was on his shoulder. 

Jesus carried the guilt alone. 

And God turned his head the other way. 

Why did Jesus do it? 

For those of us who are abandoned. 

For those who long to be loved and appreciated. 

For the person in a lonely and forgotten hospital bed. 

For the elderly in the nursing home. 

For the orphans, widows and widowers. 

For all those who cast their eyes full of despair into the dark sky. 

As he listens to our cry of loneliness,

he may not offer any quick answers or fast solutions. 

But we can be assured that he understands,

for He too was alone on the cross. 

 Sometimes I wonder what really matters in life? 

When all is said and done, what really counts?  

Among all the do's and don'ts and should's and shouldn'ts,

what is essential? 

What is indispensable? 

What really matters? 

Listen to the words of Paul in 1 Cor. 15, 

For I delivered to you as of first importance

what I also received,

that Christ died for our sins

in accordance with the scriptures. 

That he was buried,

that he was raised on the third day

in accordance with the scriptures,

and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 


There it is!

Almost too simple. 

Jesus was killed, buried, and resurrected. 

The part that matters is the cross. 

No more and no less. 

The cross. 

The hinges of history rest on this single event. 

The tragedy of the cross gives all sufferers hope. 

The scandal of God hanging on a cross

attracts everyone who has doubts. 

Good Friday. 

Noone was left untouched by the events of that day. 


You can't be neutral when your salvation depends on it.   

There is something about the crucifixion

that makes everyone either step toward it

or away from it.

It simultaneously compels and repels. 

God on a cross,

that is the ultimate act of compassion. 

The Creator being sacrificed for his creation. 

God convincing man once and for all

that sin and failure is still followed by forgiveness. 

Good Friday! 

The day on which Christ made good

for all our sins and sorrows. 

Good Friday…

       The day when Jesus

       Was sent into the wasteland of human sin and sorrow

       To make good before God what we could not do.

Christ died so that we may live!

Communion / Abendmahl

Versammlung – O Welt sieh hier dein Leben                  GB #84

Words of Institution/Worte der Einsetzung

Liebe Brüder und Schwestern im Herrn,

an diesem Karfreitag

versammeln wir uns

um den Tisch des Herrn.

In dieser Woche haben wir viel über Vergebung gehört

       In den Vertiefungsversammlungen

       Mit Prediger Artur Bergen.

Uns wurde wieder wichtig,

       Daß Vergebung unter Menschen

       Zu wiederhergestellten Beziehungen befähigt…

Und daß Vergebung von Gott

       Uns frei macht von der Schuld.

Jesus feierte mit seinen Jüngern

       das letzte Abendmahl vor seinem Leiden.

Mit ihm zu Tische saßen seine geliebten Freunde,

       Die seine Lehren gehört hatten,

       Und die mit ihm gewesen waren

       Als er Kranke heilte,

       Als er böse Geister austrieb,

       Und die große Massen zu Essen gab.

Mit ihm zu Tische saß auch der Verräter…

       Der vom bösen Feind überführt worden war,

       Um ihn mit einem Kuß verriet.

Dannach wurde er verhört und verhöhnt…

       Geschlagen und gekreuzigt…

Jesus musste sterben…   

Die Nägel durchbohrten seine Hände und Füsse…

Die Dornenkrone durchstach sein Haupt…

Die Gottverlassenheit zerbrach sein Herz…

Seine Freunde liefen davon…

       Sie verbargen das Angesicht vor ihm...

       Sie kannten ihn nicht mehr…

       Sie verleugneten ihn…

und sie fluchten ihn…

Dort am Kreuz auf Golgatha  

       Hängt all unser menschliches Versagen!

Dort hängt unser verfehltes Ziel als Kinder Gottes…

       Unser Kleinglaube…

       Der Unmut…

       Das verzagte Herz…

Dort leidet der Gerechte Sohn Gottes…

       Wo wir hätten büssen müssen.

An dieses alles werden wir erinnert

       Wenn wir zum Tische des Herrn kommen.

Jesus weiss wer wir sind!

Er kennt unsere Schwächen.

       Er weiss, daß ein Petrus ihn Verleugnen wird…

       Und auch wir haben ihn so oft verleugnet!

       Er weiss, daß sie alle im Garten einschlafen werden,

              Wenn er in Todesangst auf Knien fleht.

       Und auch wir sind so oft

in unserm geistlichen Leben eingeschlafen.

       Er weiss auch, daß sie immer noch darum besorgt sind,

              Wer von ihnen als der Grösste gelten soll…

       Und auch wir sind um uns selbst besorgt.

Und trotz alle dem

       Hält er das heilige Mahl

mit seinen Jüngern und sagt,

“Ich habe herzliches Verlangen

Dieses Mahl mit euch zu essen.”

Sein Leib wird gebrochen für uns…

Er ladet uns ein,

“Kommt, alle die ihr mühselig und beladen seid,

Ich will euch erquicken!”


As we come to Christ’s table,

       We are encouraged to discern the body together.

1. Korinther 11:27-29 says

27 Whoever eats the bread

or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner

will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord.

 28 Examine yourselves,

and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

29 for all who eat and drink without discerning the body,

 eat and drink judgement against themselves.”

Wir werden aufgefordert,

       Den Leib des Herrn zu erkennen

       Und uns selbst zu prüfen.

“Welcher nun unwürdig von diesem Brot ißt,

oder von dem Kelch des Herrn trinkt,

 der ist schuldig am Leib und Blut des Herrn.

Ein jeder aber prüfe sich selbst,

und also esse er von diesem Brot

und trinke von diesem Kelch.

Denn wer unwürdig ißt und trinket,

der ißt und trinkt sich selber zum Gericht,

damit daß er nicht unterscheidet den Leib des Herrn.”

[We come before God in silent confession…]

Almighty God,

our minds have so many hidden places.

We pray: Clean them from all deception.

Grant that we may honestly examine ourselves.

Shine upon us with the light of your Holy Spirit.

In confessing our sins to you,

Forgive us anew,

And restore unto us the Joy of our Salvation!

Let us respond to you in worship that is pleasing to you.

Gnädiger Vater,

       Wir danken dir für deine Vergebung,

       Und daß du uns durch Jesus Christus

       Zum neuen Leben befähigst.

       Dir sei Lob und Ehre.


Partaking of the Bread

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

       it is right that we call to mind the

       meaning of this Supper.

It is a remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ

       for the sin of the world;

       an encounter with the risen Lord;

       a feeding on him in faith;

       a communion with one another in his body,

       the church;

       and an anticipation of the day when

he will come again.

It is the Lord’s Table, and all who are baptized are

       invited to it.

Therefore, let us come to the Lord’s Table in faith,

       knowing our weakness, renouncing our sin,

       trusting in Christ, seeking his grace.

When the bread and the cup are distributed

       We will wait until all have been served,

       And then we will eat and drink together.

Dies ist der Tisch des Herrn,

und alle, die getauft sind,

sind eingeladen am Mahl teilzunehmen.

Auch heissen wir Gäste willkommen,

die in guter Gemeinschaft mit Gott

und ihrem Mitmenschen stehen.

Wenn das Brot und der Kelch verteilt wird,

wollen wir warten,

bis alle bedient worden sind,

und dann essen wir gemeinsam.

Laßt uns im Vertrauen auf Gott

zum Tische des Herrn kommen.

The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed

took  a loaf of bread,

and when he had given thanks,

he broke it and said,

“This is my body that is for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.”


Bruder Ewald Goetz wird für das Brot danken.

  Cong. Song – Were You There  (During Distribution)          MH #164

  Congregation – Christi Blut und Gerechtigkeit           GB #291

Partaking of the Cup

Desgleichen nahm er auch den Kelch

nach dem Mahl und sprach:

‘Dieser Kelch ist der neue Bund in meinem Blut;

das tut, sooft ihr daraus trinkt, zu meinem Gedächtnis.’

Denn sooft ihr von diesem Brot esst

und aus dem Kelch trinkt,

verkündigt ihr den Tod des Herrn, bis er kommt.”

Brother Helmut Sawatzky will give thanks for the Cup.

  Choir – Das Kreuz es stehet fest


!!! Closing Words of Encouragement & Blessing

Liebe Gemeinde,

wir haben unsern Herrn Jesus

auf dem Weg zum Kreuz begleitet.

Wir sind angespornt worden,

sein Leiden am Kreuz näher zu betrachten,

und unsere eigene Schuld am Kreuz abzulegen.

Wenn wir jetzt von hier gehen,

so wollen wir auch weiter in aller Stille nachsinnen,

was das Erlösungswerk Christi für uns bedeutet.

Wir wollen an diesem Stillen Freitag

in aller Ruhe und Stille wahrnehmen,

was Jesus uns in seinem Tod anbietet.

Laßt uns in Anbetung und Erwartung

auf den Auferstehungstag blicken!

Sei nur stille zu Gott, meine Seele;

denn er ist meine Hoffnung.

Er ist mein Fels,

 meine Hilfe und mein Schutz,

daß ich gewiss nicht fallen werde. Ps. 62:6-7

1 My soul finds rest in God alone;

    my salvation comes from him.

    2 He alone is my rock and my salvation;

    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Ps 62

As we go from here today,

       Let us contemplate in quietness

       The meaning of Christ’s work of salvation on the Cross.

Let us worship him in our hearts

       As we look with expectation

       To the day of resurrection.

 Cong. Song – I Stand Amazed in the Presence MH #540 (v.1,4,5)

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