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IDEAS for Good Friday (Year C)

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These are the resources on offer for Good Friday (Year C)

The related readings for this Sunday are:

John 12:1-3
Luke 22:19-22
Luke 22:41-48
Matthew 27:22-24
Matthew 27:27-31
Luke 23:26-29
Luke 23:44-49
(All links are to Bible Gateway)

We have chosen the theme: A Good Friday Labyrinth

Arrow Good Friday Labyrinth

Introduction

The Labyrinth
For Good Friday we are offering a Labyrinth. The idea is that the Labyrinth would be available for individuals during the whole of Good Friday and possibly the Saturday and Sunday too.

If you have a Good Friday Service I would suggest the person leading walks the labyrinth reading the reflections. While doing this it might be a good idea to use young people and children to carry items from the stations around to the congregation. This will give those that are unable to walk the labyrinth an opportunity to share in the experience.

We offer a suggestion of 2 songs per station and would suggest using probably 4 or 5 during the service. We offer these as PowerPoint files and as videos where we can, but note that the focus of attention should be the labyrinth and it's stations. In addition this service will often be in the round which would make projection difficult.

There is a PDF that has the instructions for building the Labyrinth along with reflection sheets that can be printed and laminated and placed on each station. - Download.

Prayers:


The opening prayer
For the Labyrinth service we offer an opening and closing prayer - Download

The opening prayer - Download
The closing prayer
The closing prayer - Download

Arrow The Stations

There are 8 Stations around the Labyrinth.

Station 1
Theme
Reading
Object
Activity
Mary Annointing Jesus
John 12:1-3
Nard
Smell the nard and perhaps dab a little on the wrists

Suggested Songs:


Doesn't matter what people say (Extravagant Worship), Vicky Beeching, 2002 Thankyou Music (CCLI),  SOF 1747 and  is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

May the fragrance of Jesus fill this place, Graham Kendrick, 2002 Thankyou Music (CCLI), SOF 388, MP 462, TS 352 and  is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

Station 2
Theme
Reading
Object
Activity
The Last Supper
Luke 22:19-22 Matzos & Communion wine
Taste a piece of matzo and some of the wine

Suggested Songs:


Broken for me, broken for you, Janet Lunt, 1978 Soveriegn Music UK, (Permission denied) RAS 453, CP 287,SOF 53, MP 66, TS 58

With all my heart I thank You, Lord, Paul Field, 1987 Thankyou Music (CCLI),  STF 602, SOF 610, MP 772


Station 3
Theme
Reading
Object
Activity
The Garden of Gethsemane
Luke 22:41-48
Rough bark from a tree
Feel the roughness of the bark

Suggested Songs:


I stand amazed in the presence, Charles H Gabriel (Charlotte Homer), SOF 829, MP 296, TS 243

You chose the cross, Martin Layzell, 2002 Thankyou Music (CCLI), SOF 1661, MP 1139, TS 1659 and  is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

Station 4
Theme
Reading
Object
Activity
The trial before the crowd
Matthew 27:22-24
Bowl water and towel
Wash and dry hands

Suggested Songs:


My song is love unknown, Samuel Crossman, HP 173, STF 277, RAS 207, CP 112, MP 478, SOF 400 and is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

When You prayed beneath the trees, Christopher Idle, adm The Jubilate Group (CCLI), STF 339, SOF 1615 and  is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

Station 5
Theme
Reading
Object
Activity
The Tormenting of Jesus
Matthew 27:27-31
Crown of thorns and purple robe
Feel the shapness of the thorns

Suggested Songs:


Thou did'st leave Thy throne, Emily Elliott, HP 154, RAS 192, CP 601, SOF 555, MP 697 and  is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

To mock Your reign, O dearest Lord, Fred Pratt Green, 1973 Stainer & Bell Ltd (CCLI), RAS 221, CP 124 and  is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

Station 6
Theme
Reading
Object
Activity
Through the streets
Luke 23:26-29
News Stories
Pray for the world as it is today

Suggested Songs:


Go tell it on the mountain, Geoffrey Marshall Taylor (permission applied for) (CCLI), HP 125, MP 179, JP 85 and is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

Station 7
Theme
Reading
Object
Activity
Jesus dies on the cross
Luke 23:44-49
Nails, dice and vinegar
Feel the sharpness of the nails, smell the vinegar and throw the dice

Suggested Songs:


My Lord, what love is this, Graham Kendrick, 1989 Make Way Music (CCLI), SOF 398, MP 476, TS 370 also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

When I survey the wondrous cross,  Isaac Watts, HP 180, RAS 217, STF 287CP 127, SOF 596, MP 755, TS 572 is also available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

Station 8
Theme
Reading
Object
Activity
Jesus' body is placed in the tomb
Luke 23:50-54
A model of the tomb, post-it notes and pencils
Post thoughts, prayers etc onto the tomb

Suggested Songs:


The wonder of Your cross shall be our meditation, Robin Mark, 2004 Integrity Music / Adm by Kingswaysongs (CCLI), SOF 2069, TS 1555 and is also available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

Low in the grave He lay, Robert Lowry,  HP 202, STF 305, SOF 378, MP 453, TS 345, JP 159 and is also available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample



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