Resources for Worship: Holy Week, Good Friday

Resources for worshipping at home: Holy Week, including Good Friday

Below are a few offerings that you can choose to use as you enter into worship during Holy Week. 

  • Stations of the Cross
    • Home group leaders have been sent a Stations of the Cross Liturgy using the linocuts created within our community to use this week. Feel free to get this from your home group leader to use at home. (Or contact [email protected] if you would like a copy.)
  • All Ages Worship at Home - Good Friday
    • Follow this simple but meaningful liturgy at home. 
  • Good Friday Children's Blessing 
    • Melanie tells the story of Jesus' last moments, and drapes a black cloth over the cross.
  • Good Friday Walk of Grief
    • With your family, housemates, or on your own, choose a few places in your neighbourhood to walk and pray using this ligurgy. You will visit: 
      • your home
      • a back alley, or quiet intersection
      • the house of a neighbour or friend
      • a park, or green space
      • a garden
    • A suggestion to families: 
      • If the responsive liturgies feel too long for your kids, skip them. Simply choose 5 places to visit, read the theme and scripture passages at each place, and then pray together the concluding prayers.
    • End your walk by hammering your confessions.
  • Hammering our Confessions, Sharing our Laments:
    • If you have a hammer, nails and wood at home, end your neighbourhood walk by hammering your symbolic or written confessions.
    • Visible Laments:
      • Write out something you are lamenting on a sign, and share it in your window or on your front door, or write it out with sidewalk chalk. For example, you could make a sign that says "I am sad for people who aren't safe at home."
      • Or, hang a string in a visible spot outside your home or in a window. Write different griefs on pieces of paper that you then attach to the string like a prayer flag. (On Easter, you can replace these with flowers, or colourful praises and signs of new life.)
    • Put a cedar or other branch on your door to represent our connectedness to the Holy Week story and to each other in it.
  • Good Friday Quartet Concert Stream 7pm
    • Tune in at 6:50pm for a String Quartet Performace of the 7 last words of the cross. View the live streamed event from Hope Community Church's website or on their Facebook Page. (Ben Goheen, Erin G's brother is a member of this quartet.)
  • Other Liturgies
    • If you have a prayer book at home, chances are there are liturgies for Good Friday and for the rest of the days in Holy Week too.  

 

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land.
At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, 
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means 
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:45-46