Good Friday service – 2 April 2021 - Order of service with Full script, order and images
Welcome and Intro - Brian
The service today is based on the Stations of The Cross - a devotion that was developed in the Middle Ages by the Franciscans as a way of allowing people who could not travel to the Holy Land to walk where Christ walked on the day of his passion. By the end of the 17th century many churches had stations, or stops, ranged at intervals along their walls - each with a cross and under that cross a representation of an event in the passion narrative. The Stations were revised in 2005 so that all of the stations are based in Scripture.
For each station there will be a reading from Scripture, a visual that you will see on the screen, a reflection and for some stations there will also be a tactile element – these are in the plastic bag and we will tell you what pieces to pull out when. these pieces are yours to take home to continue your reflection over this Easter weekend.
The service will be quiet and reflective, and we invite you to completely immerse yourself into the experience. Each station will end with a prayer that we invite you to join and say all together.
Please refer the attached PDF for the rest of service.
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I have Seen the Lord
In this passage, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb and finds the stone removed and Jesus body not there. While crying in the garden, she encounters Jesus and then goes to tell the others that she has seen the Lord.
- How do you think Mary would have felt in the garden when she found the empty tomb? And after her encounter with Jesus?
- What do you think the other disciples thought when they heard what Mary told them? How do you think they celebrated?
- What do you usually do in your house to celebrate Easter?
- What stands out for you in this passage?
- What do you think this passage tells us about God/Jesus?
- Who will you share this story with today? How? What will you tell them?
This activity reflects the Alleluia chorus in the Statement of Faith in today’s sermon recording.
What you'll need: printed alleluia poster sheets, colouring pens, pencils or crayons, sticky tape.
Print out the attached pages for the Alleluia Poster. Have one person colour each part of the poster and then cut and stick the pieces together to create a communal art piece. Hand the artwork in a window or on a wall so that you or your neighbours can see it. Say together the Statement of Faith, and remember that Jesus is risen, Alleluia!
Statement of Faith, Alleluia Chorus
Leader: We believe before birds begin to sing God can only shout
Leader: We believe when tombstones roll God can only shout
Leader: We believe when dawn breaks God can only shout
Leader: We believe when resurrection comes God can only shout
Leader: We believe when the gardener returns to the garden Mary can only shout
Leader: We believe when the angel folds the grave-clothes Peter can only shout
Leader: We believe when Jesus enters the room Andrew can only shout
Leader: We believe when Jesus shows his wounds Thomas can only shout
Leader: We believe when Emmaus is reached Cleopas can only shout
Leader: We believe when there are no other words to use Heaven can only shout
Leader: We believe when Easter day arrives, we can only shout
Alleluia Poster © 2020 Illustrated Ministry, LLC. All rights reserved. [www.illustratedministry.com](http://www.illustratedministry.com/)
Prayer of Confession and Statement of Faith from Spill the Beans, Issue 7 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team [www.spillbeans.org.uk](http://www.spillbeans.org.uk/)
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Good Friday is a day when we remember what Christ did on the Cross for us. Today, the Ministry Team will be leading a time of reflection that explores the Last Seven Words of Jesus.
We invite you to take the time on Good Friday to listen, and allow yourself to enter into the narrative.
The Youtube clip includes visual prompts which may help you follow along with what is happening.