Good Friday Reflections

This outline of four reflections will take 1 hour to use. Please have in hand 2 nails & some string, if possible. If you wish to spend longer in quiet & with music (in brackets), simply set aside 90 mins to 2 hours.

You may wish to download and print out the accompanying booklet.

Introductory music

‘Jesus take me as I am’

‘Just as I am’

(Ask God to help you settle, put aside other things and focus on Him.)

Opening Prayer

Almighty Father, look with mercy on us, your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, be given up into the hands of wicked men and to suffer death upon the cross; yet is alive and glorified, with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Reading — Mark 14:32-52

Reflection 1

Response

‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’
Father, forgive us, for we do not know what we have done
Jesus, forgive me, for I do not know what I do

We keep silence, nails in hand & perhaps consider

In what ways do I desert Jesus?
Do I fail to ‘follow through’?

Music or Hymn

Pie Jesu

My song is love unknown


Opening Comment about Pie Jesu

Reading — Mark 14:53-72

Reflection 2

A Response

Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity
In perfect harmony the Man who is God

Lord of eternity dwells in humanity
Kneels in humility and washes our feet
O what a mystery meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship for this is our God.
This is our God.

Father’s pure radiance perfect in innocence
Yet learns obedience to death on a cross

Suffering to give us life, conquering through sacrifice
And as they crucify prays Father forgive……

A Prayer

‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’
Father, forgive us, for we do not know what we have done
Jesus, forgive me, for I do not know what I do

We keep silence, nails in hand & perhaps consider

What are the things in my life over which it is right that I weep?
How Jesus knows them, has endured the same and is affectionate towards us in our weakness

Music or Hymn

Meekness & Majesty

or Come & See


Acclamations

Christ became obedient to death for us:
Even death on the cross

He was pierced for our sins:
Bruised through no fault but ours

His punishment has brought us peace:
And by his wounds we are healed

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and riches and wisdom:
Strength and honour, glory and praise. Amen

Reading — Mark 15:1-24

Reflection 3

Response

‘Father, forgive them…’
Father, forgive us…
Jesus, forgive me…

We keep silence

Take your 2 nails carefully binding them together with string – Jesus upright, straight & true, our sin & failure laid on him.
Ponder all that Jesus went through for us, for me and for you

Music or Hymn

When I survey the wondrous cross


A Song of the Christ Servant — 1 Peter 2:21b–25

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps.
He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips,
when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.

When he suffered, he did not threaten,
but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.
Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

By his wounds, you have been healed,
for you were straying like sheep,
but have now returned
to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Reading — Mark 15:25-39

Reflection 4

Response

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

We keep silence, with cross in hand & perhaps consider

Who is Jesus to me?
Who do I say he is?
Will I follow him through the trials I face today & in the future?

Music or Hymn

And can it be?