Prayers and Reflections for Good Friday: April 10, 2020
Call to Worship & Opening Prayer: [Adapted from Gord Waldie]
We journey with Jesus to the cross and the tomb.
We settle into the sadness, sorrow,
and darkness that fell on the day Jesus died.
Let us pray:
God of Light, God of Shadow,
keep us aware of your presence in the darkness.
Help us to see meaning in this terrible story,
and keep the fire of hope alive in our hearts. Amen.
Music for Singing or Listening:
Voices United # 144 Were You There
Scripture Reading 1: Matthew 27:11-26
Barabas was the guilty one, but Jesus died in his place.
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus died in our place?
Turn off your bedroom lights or close your curtains/blinds.
Scripture Reading 2: Matthew 27:27-44
Jesus had done nothing wrong, yet he was hung with criminals.
What wrongs do you need to confess to God today?
Look around your house for art or decor that depicts crosses.
Or look for cross shapes in nature, in the shadows,
or shapes in everyday objects around your house.
Scripture Reading 3: John 19:28-37
Crucifixion was a very painful way to die.
The soldiers pierced Jesus’ side to prove that he was dead.
How does death make you feel? Take time to pray for those who are grieving.
Walk through your home and look at any family pictures that you have out.
Think of the generations gone before you and what lessons they taught you.
Scripture Reading 4: Matthew 27:45-56
Darkness fell, the curtain was torn in two, and the earth shook. The soldiers were terrified. What are your fears today? Talk to God about them.
Turn off your dining room and kitchen lights.
You may also choose to fast from food for the rest of the evening (if using this service in the afternoon).
Scripture Reading 5: Matthew 27:57-66
Think about the stone being rolled over the entrance of the tomb. It created total darkness in the tomb. How does darkness make you feel?.
Turn off your living room lights.
You may also choose to turn off electronics for the rest of the day.
Closing Prayer: [Adapted from Carol Penner]
Jesus, we wait here by your tomb carrying our grief;
the grief of the betrayer, the grief of the denier, the grief of the crucifiers.
We carry the grief of the lost, the heartbroken, the bereft.
Upon you was laid the grief of us all. It is finished.
God of endings, God of darkness,
God of the tomb, God of dark days and great loss,
be with us now as we wait with Jesus. Amen.