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Good Friday Leytonstone United Free Church

Welcome

Today is Good Friday, probably the most solemn day in the Christian calendar yet we still call it good. This is because though the events of the day we remember today are dark, the significance of that which occurred ultimately ended up for the good of all people.

Today we use drama, music and reflection to take a contemplative walk through the key events of that day almost 2000 years ago.

Sit And Listen

Adagio for Strings

Samuel Barber

As we start today, sit and think for a few minutes about what you know of the story of Good Friday. While you consider this, listen to the following piece of music and allow your thoughts to unfold.

A Celtic Call To Prayer

Based on Psalm 27

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Call: Who is it that you seek?

Response: We seek the Lord our God.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart?

Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?

Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?

Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.

Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?

Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.

Poem

The Tree

by

Hannah Montgomery

They cut me down in my prime

Severed trunk sawn into structural seams

plank by plank

counted, numbered

now pinned

against my will

a treason hillside for my final stand.

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What hands are these flinching against mine?

Sharp metal shards

pierce through wet flesh

and thunder in my oaken veins.

-

I know these hands-

Christ!

The palms that shaped my soil

and coaxed my growth

To life brought height and sky and sight

now to death submits his hollow palms

And so we die, the Christ and I;

Him hostage held by my wooden heart.

Prayer

Let's recall the suffering of Christ for us

Loving God, today, in remembrance and awe, we tread the holy ground of Calvary:

this place of abandonment that has become the scene of our adoration,

this place of suffering that has become the source of our peace,

this place of violence that has become the battlefield on which love is victorious.

Merciful God, as we relive the events of this day, it is with awe that we count again the cost of our salvation.

Words cannot be found to utter our thanksgiving.

Accept our adoration; in Jesus’ name.

Amen

Dramatised Reading

Every year on Good Friday churches in Leytonstone, East London, come together for a 'Walk of Witness' along the local streets reading and enacting the story of the Passion.

Unfortunately because of the COVID-19 restrictions this year's (as well as last's) walk has not taken place. However......

A dramatised reading of Jesus' Passion, written by our very own Ken Buddell, has been filmed on the streets of Leytonstone and is presented here today. It is performed by Ken Buddell, Fiona Buddell and Alasdair Preston for Churches Together in Cann Hall, Harrow Green and Leytonstone.

Bible Reading

The Gospel of John 18:1 - 19:42

The passion and death of Jesus

Dance

Why

Let's watch and listen as Amy reflects, through dance, on the death of Jesus.

Prayer

May the sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ

bring us wholeness,

the grace of God the Father

grant us peace,

the breath of Holy Spirit

instil passion

and the unity between them

give us strength

for this and every day.

Amen

GOOD FRIDAY & HOLY SATURDAY REFLECTIONS

As we wait for the joy of Easter day, follow the link below for an Easter reflection.

Credits:

Created with images by congerdesign - "good friday cross the cross of jesus" • sspiehs3 - "god religion cross" • RyanMcGuire - "forest trees branches" • kalhh - "nail crown of thorns wood" • nickelbabe - "crown of thorns jesus crucifixion"