Good Friday Worship – 2020

Welcome – Pastor Adam

Gathering Song – Weep with Me – Rend Collective

The Shadow of Disappointment
James is remorseful for arguing about who would be the greatest, for falling asleep while Jesus prayed, and for abandoning him at the arrest.

Read by Bjorn Flugstad

Scripture Reading
Read John 18:1-11

A Prayer from a Person like James
My God, when you told us of your passion, I was distracted.
I was wrapped up in my own glory.
I was consumed by how I would be remembered and seen.
But, Lord, now I see!
It is not me who needs to be remembered or seen,
You are the one who needs to be seen and glorified.
But, ohh the irony, now that I see this, I can’t see you!
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?

The Shadow of Denial
An unnamed servant girl tells about what happened to Jesus at the house of Caiaphas.

Read by Bailey Gonzales

Scripture Reading
Read John 18:12-27

A Prayer from a Person like the Servant Girl
My God, I thought I was smart.
I thought I was right.
I knew I was right about the Galilean,
I thought I was right about what real power was.
I thought that real power was worldly influence.
I thought that real glory was crowns of gold.
But Lord, now I know the truth.
Real power is worldly humility.
Real glory is a crown of thorns.
But now that I know this I do not know where you are.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The Shadow of Injustice
Barabbas is in dumbfounded shock about the fate that he has escaped.

Read by James Kirk

Scripture Reading
Read John 18:28-40

A Prayer from a Person like Barrabas
My God, I know that I am guilty.
I have committed so many wrongs.
But when my name was called for judgement,
You took my place.
Lord, when the world called for blood,
you wordlessly gave yours.
Pilate may be able to wash his hands of the decision.
But I can’t seem to wash my hands of the red guilt I feel.
And yet, here I am; free from my guilt.
You took my place.
How is this possible?
Why am I walking, while you are hanging?
How can the people not see that I am the one deserving death, not you.
Lord, I have so many questions!
But in my hour of uncertainty and grief, I cannot find you.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The Shadow of Mockery
Martha, sister of Lazarus, describes how the soldiers mocked and beat Jesus.

Read by Peggy Lairmore

Scripture Reading
Read John 19:1-15

A Prayer from a Person like Martha
My God! What is going on?
The world cannot see what I see.
They mock you and spit on you.
They mock the things you stand for.
They despise the things you call good.
They beat the poor and the foreign with a stick,
And if that isn’t bad enough, they call it your stick!
My God! What is going on?
The world cannot see what I see.
They cannot see that you are glorified in your meekness.
You are powerful in your humility.
You protect based on your kindness.
You rage against evil in your peace.
My God! The world needs you! I need you!
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
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The Shadow of Suffering
Simon of Cyrene describes the walk of Jesus and carrying the cross.

Read by Mike McCarthy

Scripture Reading
Read John 19:16-24

A Prayer from a Person like Simon
My God, why do I have to carry this cross?
It is so heavy!
The splinters dig into my skin and I am bleeding.
When people see me walking next to you carrying this cross,
They associate me with you.
Some days I want that, but not today.
Today, some of their spit and their hateful words hit me.
What did I do to deserve this?
I wasn’t involved before I was called to carry this burden.
It is so heavy!
I keep slipping and falling under its weight.
Somehow, along the way, you have still had
the strength to help me up.
But all I want is to leave this burden behind.
Lord, why is this my part in your story?
And now, I don’t see you here to help me up.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The Shadow of Anointing
Mary, sister of Lazarus, recalls anointing Jesus in her home, and then seeing him on the cross.

Read by Julie Smith

A Prayer from a Person like Mary
My God, I had hoped.
The future looked so bright.
Everything was going so well.
Everything seemed so,
Perfect.
You promised that everything would be alright.
But now everything is dark.
Everything has gone wrong.
Nothing is working out the way I had planned.
Everything is so,
Broken!
I don’t know if I can hope anymore.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The Shadow of Atonement
John is fearful of what may happen next as he recalls some of Jesus’s words from the cross.

Read by Caleb Rogers

Scripture Reading
Read John 19:25-27

A Prayer from a Person like John
My God, I know not what to do.
I have followed the path you walked with me.
I walked confidently because you told me where to go.
I felt safe because I had guidance.
I knew, because you told me.
But ohh my God!
Now I am leading the way!
I don’t know where to go.
I’m striking out without a path to follow.
I don’t know what to do.
But all these people are relying on me now.
Don’t they know I don’t know what I’m doing?
God, don’t you know I don’t know what I’m doing?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 

The Shadow of Forsakenness
Salome, the mother of James and John, recalls asking Jesus to give her sons a place of honor in the coming kingdom and tells of Jesus’ last words.

Read by Suzy Jacobsen

Scripture Reading
Read John 19:28-30

A Prayer from a Person like Salome
My God, what have I gotten myself into?
My God, what have I gotten others into?
I thought this was the way.
I thought this was the truth.
I thought this was the light.
Jesus, you, said so.
But you brought us here.
You brought us to pain.
You brought us to suffering.
You brought us to hardship.
Until now the path looked so good.
But now the path looks too hard.
And to make it all worse, now you’re gone.
If you are here, you’re doing nothing to stop it.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The Shadow of Crucifixion
Peter tells of Jesus’ final words and his death. He is angry and afraid.

Read by Dave Watson

Scripture Reading
Read John 19:31-37

A Prayer from a Person like Peter
My God, my God, I forsook you!
In the time you needed me most,
I wasn’t there.
I told you I would be!
I promised I would be!
But I was too scared.
I couldn’t do it.
Lord, you said I was your rock.
But when it started to rain,
I crumbled.
I did everything wrong.
How am I supposed to be your rock?
How can you trust me when I can’t even trust myself?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The Shadow of Burial
Joseph of Arimathea regrets his silence while the injustice took place.

Read by John Serkland

Scripture Reading
Read John 19:38-42

A Prayer from a Person like Joseph
My God, I was afraid to act.
I was afraid to stand up.
I was afraid to speak out.
I was afraid of the consequences.
I only had courage after everything happened.
But now I am afraid that it was too little and too late.
It’s all over,
and I didn’t do enough.
My god, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Closing Songs – Were You There

Prayers Written by Wyatt Linde
Original Dialogues by Bob Rienstra – Edited to Monologues by Pastor Adam Barnhart