Reading Julian on Good Friday
Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor.
This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards.
Season of Lent
A sermon starter and commentary by Luke Powery on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for the season of Lent in the African American Lectionary.
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
Advent in the Marketplace
Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of...
The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday
Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when...
Hymn: We Stand Before The Cross
This hymn by F. Richard Garland is written for use at the close of a Good Friday service to prepare for the Vigil that will culminate in Easter.
Good Friday Liturgy
A thoughtful Good Friday worship planning guide including hymns, prayers, reflections, and more. Based on Psalm 22, John 18, 19, and Hebrews 10:16-25.
History of Hymns: “Were You There”
This offers background and commentary on the African-American Spiritual, “Were You There.”
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Sermon Ideas
A podcast conversation around exegesis and preaching on the lectionary texts for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday: John 13, 18, and 19.
Good Friday Call to Worship
Bruce Prewer's call to worship, based on John 19:16-17, says that Good Friday "is not a day for mourning but for awe, wonder, love and gratitude."
Hymn: He Knelt To Wash The Feet Of Friends
In successive stanzas, this hymn from F. Richard Garland takes us from Jesus washing the feet of the disciples in the Upper Room, through crucifixion and Good Friday, to Resurrection and Easter.
Full Text Hymns on Good Friday
Let all mortal flesh keep silencePD
When I Survey the Wondrous CrossPD
What Wondrous Love Is ThisPD
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Including Children in Worship on Good Friday
Good Friday is often the very last day of the church year when we expect and plan for children in the sanctuary. But, the story is there and it is the heart story of the faith....
Good Friday with Children
This guide includes Good Friday ideas for children's participation in congregational worship, including children's sermon notes and activities. Based on Luke 2:34-35.
Nicodemus in the Shadows
Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus.
Good Friday: Shifting Blame
This meditation and response focus on Good Friday. The meditation narrows the field of those responsible for the death of Christ ultimately to the reader. The response reveals the gracious readiness of Christ to forgive sinners.
Good Friday Invitation to Worship
An introduction to worship, using "greyness" to review the continued power and relevance of the events of Good Friday as told in the Gospels, asking that listeners be present and lay down their sorrows.
This commentary focuses on how to help children better understand the death of Jesus through selected hymns, story telling, and physical sensory objects using Psalm 22; Isaiah 52:13-15; 53; John 18, 19; and Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9,...
Good Friday, for All of Creation
In this article, Ruth Bancewicz argues that the beauty of Good Friday is that Jesus died to redeem not just the people who choose to follow him, but also the non-human parts of creation.
Good Friday in Pakistan
A recording of a Good Friday song from Pakistan. A measure of the suffering of Christ’s body on Good Friday continues to be felt by Christ’s body in Pakistan still today.