Good Friday

Patient dawn — Sam Goodman

The next time it gets light I will awake with hope And tonight as it gets dark I will not fear The next time it grows light I will welcome the dawn The next time morning comes I’ll be reborn The next time it grows dark I will not hide away The darkness does not […]

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Psalm 22, a lament — Jim Burklo, US

Psalm 22 arises in the Revised Common Lectionary on Good Friday, Lent 2 (B) and Proper 7 (C) and 23 (B). Oh, vacant sky! Oh, empty land! Oh heart of mine, bereft of hope! Why do I even bother crying? What’s the use Of even complaining? When there is no one to hear And no […]

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There you are — Sam Goodman, UK

There you are In quieter moments In fragile sunrises In delicate tapestries There you are In words of encouragement In the tenderest touch In a subtle embrace There you are In sweeping majesty In roaring oceans In crashing thunder There you are In a stable On a cross In hope you are there

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Hopeful isolation — Ana Gobledale, UK

Isolated Broken Spreading Infecting Darkness descends How did it come to this? God groans The world whimpers. We cower Fearfully crying out, ‘Now what?’ What about our old age? What about our grandchildren? Be not afraid. Follow the light. Follow peace. Where? Into the brokenness. Into this new reality. Fear not. Into the unimaginable. Cling […]

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Luke 23:33-43 drama, the crucifixion — Ana Gobledale, UK

Luke 23:33-43 – Jesus and the two criminals Told from the perspective of three Roman soldiers present at the crucifixion of Jesus. Appropriate for Good Friday or the 24th Sunday of Pentecost, Year C. Ready-to-print scripts: Luke 23, 33-43 drama PDF Luke 23, 33-43 drama  Storyteller: Today’s Gospel reading, from Luke’s account, reminds us how […]

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Words to still the soul — Jeanne Lohman, USA

Words to still the soul . . . used perhaps as one enters a worship space, or prepares to. Now, for this space, I put them all aside, the awesome things for which no words will come. Such grief must go where only God is guide. Our lovely plane darkens. Nightmares ride. The sunlit waters […]

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Mary’s lament, monologue — Ana Gobledale, UK

Mary’s Lament – a reflection originally written for a Good Friday service. This dramatic monologue revealing Mary’s anguish and distress has been read effectively at a Blue Christmas service, also. 2 Readers:  Mary, mother of Jesus, and a Storyteller (narrator)   Ready-to-print downloads: PDF Mary’s Lament dramatic reading WORD Mary’s Lament dramatic reading Life often overwhelms […]

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You could have…, a prayer of thanks — Lawrence Moore, UK

You could have given up on the world, left us God-forsaken, abandoned to darkness and despair. You could have shut your ears to our groaning, your eyes to our bleeding, your heart to our tears. You could have left us to live with our choices, our death-dealing, our cries of ‘Crucify him!’ But you are […]

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Hopeful brokenness, in response to a bombing — Ana Gobledale, UK

Written April 2018 during a time of personal reflection in the Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral, UK, following the bombing of Syria by the US and the UK. Broken Bombed Darkness descends How did it come to this? God groans The world whimpers. We cower Fearfully crying out, ‘Which way?’ What about our grandchildren? Follow the […]

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In the silence, a reflection for Holy Saturday

Begin with a moment of silence and listen, for God is still speaking! In the silence, O God, I long to hear your words. In the breaking of dawn’s early light, I long to experience your presence. May the voice I hear this day be your voice, speaking a word of hope and healing into […]

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Insights — Richard Kidd, Australia

John 11:47-53 Caiaphas said, “…to gather into one the dispersed children of God.”   Insights just occasionally an unexpected insight cuts through the veneer revealing the veneer revealing a layer that no-one, not even the prophet, has seen From Poets and Painters, page 34, by Richard Kidd (2015 published privately) Richard, previous principal of Northern College, […]

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Rachel weeps — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

Chemical warfare in Syria and the bombs targeted in response by the United States of America, led to this reflection.   The Empire Feeds Cold and dark clamp down on us. The Empire feeds itself, human bodies as fuel, boots tracking blood. Rachel weeping for her children, we’ve heard it before. The man with the megaphone doesn’t […]

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Then they came for me — Martin Niemöller, Germany

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a […]

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Good Friday Confession — Lawrence Moore, UK

WORD Good Friday Confession, Lawrence Moore Pause before the prayer, allowing God’s Spirit to search your heart.  Make your own confession.  Pause after the prayer to experience the reality of God’s forgiveness. I want to keep my hands smooth, my skin unbroken, my feet unscarred. I don’t want the imprint of the cross on my […]

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Pieta, a Good Friday poem — Ana Blandiana, Romania

The clear pain, the death has brought me back, Submitted to your arms, almost a child. You don’t know whether to be thankful Or to cry For such happiness, Mother. My body, stripped of the mystery Is yours alone. Sweet your tears drip onto my shoulder And gather obediently near the blade. How good it […]

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Good Friday, a Response — Lawrence, Moore, UK

Mark 15:25-39 Response I didn’t sign up for this. Not whips and nails, splinters and thorns, blood and stink and agony. I didn’t sign up for this. Not failure and despair, discouragement and derision, ignominy and ridicule. If it comes to this, I want to walk away too – flee; deny having ever known you. […]

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Good Friday Ritual of the Nails — UK

This service involves each member of the congregation through actions.  Each worshipper receives a large nail upon arrival and is invited to interact with their nail at different points in the service. Following the reading from John 19 and Luke 23, they are invited to hold the nail for a personal reflection.  Later they are invited to […]

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Invocation: Drum-beat Prayer for Divine Rhythm

Might be used as an opening meditation  at a confessional reflective service such as Ash Wednesday or Good Friday. Can be read by a single voice, multiple voices or responsively. Start in Silence. A drumbeat begins, getting louder than softer. The drumbeat tapers off into a soft background beat for the prayer. O Steady One, […]

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John 1:5, Come, shine in the darkness — Cara Heafey, UK

God, you are not distant from us You came to us in vulnerability You offered yourself as a gift of love. We pray today for those who are in the midst of darkness The darkness of poverty The darkness of loneliness The darkness of grief The darkness of despair Wherever shadows threaten to overwhelm Wherever […]

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