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Good Friday Reflection

Today I have a post up over at Practicing Families. As many of you know, the texture of Good Friday is different in the shadow of a loved one’s death.

May the God of darkness and deserts and whispers be known to you in the emptiness and grief of this day.

 

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Good Friday Worship

This is the Good Friday service I put together for this year. We will again be using a script put together by a church member that simply pulls out the dialog of the passion story. I find this to be a powerful reading, though it could be confusing for people unfamiliar with the story.

You can find an alternate opening prayer here, and the order of worship from a couple of years ago (which includes foot washing) is here. As always, you are welcome to use material from this blog in your own worship settings. Blessings to you as we enter into Holy Week.

*A couple of notes: There should be seven candles plus the Christ candle lit at the beginning of the service. During the tenebrae section, one candle is extinguished following each reading, with the Christ candle being the last. Also, all hymns are from Taize.

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Welcome and Introduction

 Call to Worship

On this dark night, as the shadows deepen,
We come to be present with Jesus.
With the glory of Palm Sunday behind us and the victory of Easter not yet come,
We will sit together in this space with our breaking, our broken hearts.
In this world that is at once beautiful and holy and tragic,
We seek to be present with all who suffer.
In the dark valleys of life, when sorrow threatens to overwhelm,
We long for a safe and sacred space to sit with our grief and our questions.
Jesus Christ, holy friend,
we know that you are here with us.
Let us be here with you. Amen.

Silence

Hymn: Stay with me

Prayer of Confession (from Psalm 51)

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love.
According to your abundant mercy, blot out our transgressions.
Create in us clean hearts, O God,
And put new and right spirits within us.

Silence

Assurance of Pardon
(God will not cast us from the Divine presence. God will not take the Holy Spirit from us. Through Christ, God forgives us and restores us. May the peace of Christ be with you.)

Silence

Hymn: Kyrie

Prayer

Holy, loving, suffering God,
Give us eyes to see
the injustice and suffering that abound.
Give us hearts to feel
the depth of this world’s brokenness.
Give us ears now to hear
the words of your passion.
Amen.

Silence

Tenebrae Service

Hymn: Kyrie
THE DEAL:
Jesus, Chief Priests, Judas
Hymn: Kyrie

THE ROOM AND
TABLE: Peter, Jesus
Hymn: Kyrie
THE GARDEN:
Jesus, Peter
Hymn: Stay with me
THE ARREST:
Judas, Jesus, Chief Priests
Hymn: Kyrie
THE DENIAL:
Servant Girl, Peter, Two Others
Hymn: Kyrie
BEFORE PILATE:
Pilate, Jesus, Crowd
Hymn: Kyrie
THE WALK:
Soldiers, Jesus
Hymn: Jesus, Remember me
THE CROSS:
Crowd, Priests, Criminals, Jesus, Soldiers
Hymn: Kyrie

~Please leave the worship space in silence.~

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Good Friday: Opening Prayer

Here is the prayer we will pray at the beginning of our Good Friday service:

Holy One, we gather in your presence on this holy night.
We look forward to the resurrection celebration.
But we know that first, we must walk this path with you.
Give us ears to hear. Give us eyes to see.
Give us open spirits and faithful feet.
Amen.

*As always, you are welcome to use this in your own worship setting.

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The Week Ahead

Holy Week tends to be pretty hard on pastors–or at least on me.  There is, of course, the practical aspect of organizing and leading extra worship services. (Between today and next Sunday there are seven worship services in which I have a significant part.)  More worship services means more sermons to write, more music to choose, more people to coordinate, more liturgy to develop, and more time leading worship.

Really, though, I usually find that the hardest thing about Holy Week, for me, is the emotional disconnect.  I’m reading through and preaching on the road to the cross, and the cross event itself, all while planning for a glorious celebration on Easter morning.  “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” runs around in my head all week with “Christ the Lord is Risen today!”  It’s exhausting.

And to be honest, I tend to resent the exhaustion.  I want to experience straight-forward terror and sorrow the way Jesus’ first followers must have.  Then, on Easter morning, I want undiluted joy.  I want to be able to participate fully in the story–not be half in, half out.

But I’m wondering this morning, as I prepare to dive into Holy Week, whether the emotional roller-coaster that lies ahead might not be akin to what those first followers experienced after all.  It would have been a crazy week for them. They were in Jerusalem for the Passover celebration, so their lives, for that week, would likely have centered around their religious community.

During that week, Jesus and his followers would have been thinking of the terrible suffering experienced by their ancestors who were enslaved in Egypt.  And they would also have been remembering God’s mighty acts of liberation as their people walked out of Egypt and through the Red Sea.

Jesus’ disciples would have experienced fear, sorrow, horror as the events of the week unfolded.  Yet I wonder if there was a lining of hope.  Did any of them remember that Jesus had said he would rise again?  Did some of them have glimpses of Easter in the midst of the Good Friday terror?

And on Easter, had the cloud of the previous week completely disappeared?  Surely Jesus’ followers still experienced some fear, some sorrow for what had been lost, as they met the resurrected Christ.

I think I’ve been operating under the myth that the story of this week follows some pure emotional narrative–and that is just not the case.  All of the emotions would have been mixed up together for the original disciples just as they are for me today.

So this year, may God grant me–may God grant us all–the grace to appreciate this Holy Week journey as it is given to us–one mixed up, exhausting day at a time.

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Wednesday Worship Piece: Good Friday Service

*This order of worship is from 2011. You can see the 2013 service, which does not include foot washing, here.

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Welcome and Introduction

Confession and Assurance

Hymn: What wondrous love is this  (v. 1)

Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon (From Psalm 51)

Hymn: What wondrous love is this (v. 1)

Call to Worship

We are Jesus’ disciples, following him even as he moves toward the cross.
Even as he wraps a towel around his waist. Even as he kneels to wash the filth from the feet of his friends.
We are Jesus’ disciples, longing to be faithful even as the night grows dark.
Even as betrayers loom. Even as the powers that oppose the way of Christ press in around us.
We are Jesus’ disciples, struggling to love others even as Jesus loved us.
We are Jesus’ disciples, gathered here to worship God: Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer. Amen.

Service of Footwashing

Scripture Reading: John 13:2b-17

Prayer of Preparation (#782 in Mennonite Hymnal; an also be found here.)

Washing each other’s feet (Hymn: Ubi caritas et amor)

Prayer

Lord Jesus,
We have washed each other’s feet, but we are not clean.
We struggle to follow you, but it is hard.
Send your Holy Spirit to walk with us
as we walk with you down the dark road that leads to the cross.  Amen.

Tenebrae Service

Hymn: Kyrie

THE DEAL: Jesus, Chief Priests, Judas

Hymn: Kyrie

THE ROOM AND TABLE: Peter, Jesus

Hymn: Kyrie

THE GARDEN: Jesus, Peter

Hymn: Stay with me

THE ARREST: Judas, Jesus, Chief Priests

Hymn: Kyrie

THE DENIAL: Servant Girl, Peter, Two Others

Hymn: Kyrie

BEFORE PILATE: Pilate, Jesus, Crowd

Hymn: Kyrie

THE WALK: Soldiers, Jesus

Hymn: Jesus, Remember me

THE CROSS: Crowd, Priests, Criminals, Jesus, Soldiers

Hymn: Kyrie

~Please leave the worship space in silence.~

Note: You can find the script for the Tenebrae portion of the service in  my “pages” in the right side bar.  This script was developed by Roger Martin and is basically the dialog from the Gospel accounts of  Jesus’ life from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion.

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