Continuing a tradition begun five years ago, the combined choirs of The Lakeway Church and the Lake Travis United Methodist Church will present a Good Friday Tenebrae service beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The churches alternate venues each year; the service this year will be held at the Lake Travis United Methodist Church, 1502 RR 620 North, at Debba Drive.
“O Sacred Head Now Wounded” is a Good Friday Tenebrae service presented by the combined adult Choirs of The Lakeway Church and Lake Travis United Methodist Church, under the direction of Mark Savage-Rains and Patty Highland. The choirs will be accompanied by Elden Little and Paola Perin at the piano, along with an orchestra of strings, woodwinds, hand bells and percussion.
The music chosen to relate to the scripture was composed by a wide variety of composers from J.S. Bach to Karl Graun, a contemporary of Bach, to William Billings, one of America’s colonial composers, to the 19th century composer Theodore Dubois, to the great cellist Pablo Casals, to contemporary composers like John Carter, Lloyd Larson, Jane Marshall and Anna Laura Page. The beautiful chorale “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” will be used throughout the service to unify and give direction to the worship.
This moving service will trace the Passion of Christ through scripture readings and related musical selections telling the story of Jesus’ final days following the Passover meal with His disciples. The story begins with Jesus’ time of prayer in the garden of Gethsemane followed by Judas’ betrayal, His arrest, His mock trials, His beating, His conviction, and finally to the cross where He was crucified.
The service will be presented in the form of a “Tenebrae” service — candles will be snuffed out following each passage of scripture that is read and the service will end in darkness as we remember the death of Christ, the “Light of the world.”