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Good Friday

A SERVICE FOR GOOD FRIDAY

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This service may be used either at noon or in the evening of Good Friday. It is preferable that there are no paraments, banners, flowers, or decorations on Good Friday except, perhaps, representations of the way of the cross. The Lord's table, pulpit, and other furnishings should be bare of cloth, candles, or anything else not actually used in the service. The cross remains visible, but it and any permanently fixed images may be veiled. By partly concealing the cross, the veil also calls attention to it. The color scarlet is suggested for a veil over the cross.

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Good Friday Service in Korean and English

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The Service of the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross (in Korean and English)

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Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley: A Tenebrae Service for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday

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This reading takes up to fifteen people: twelve disciples, one or two narrator(s), and Jesus. "Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley" may be sung to open this service.  

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Holy Week Service for Midweek, Maundy Thursday, or Good Friday

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The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial. 

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Lectionary Planning Helps for Good Friday (April 3)

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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? 

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Agonía y contemplación: Las ultimas siete lecciones del Crucificado

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En un día como hoy millones de personas en todo el mundo apartan tiempo paraconmemorar la muerte de Jesús, el Cristo. 

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Good Friday: A Day of Mourning

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On this day, the church commemorates Jesus’ arrest, his trial, crucifixion and suffering, death, and burial.  

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child: A 21st Century Worship Resource for Good Friday

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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Psalm 22:1)You feel so far away -- certainly not close enough to help Certainly not close enough to hear my groaning . . .  

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Good Friday—Chuck Knows Church

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 It's also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday. We all know the terrible events of this day, but why is it called "good"?  

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The (Bethel) Way of the Cross: A Lenten Devotion for Good Friday

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This Way of the Cross is a modern adaptation of an old Christian tradition dating back to the fifth century. The fourteen traditional Stations of the Cross mark the passages from the moment Jesus was condemned to death until his burial in the tomb. The Way of the Cross was originally developed and used by Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land, and it came to be identified with the Lenten season to prepare the people of God for the season of repentance that Lent represents — although it can be used at other times of devotion. 

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Where Does the Term “Good Friday” Come From?

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The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, "Good Friday," is not clear. It may be a corruption of the English phrase "God's Friday." 

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21st Century Africana Worship Resources for Good Friday, Year B

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Gather in this place to worship.
Gather to remember the Lamb who gave up life for our iniquities.
Gather your hearts to affirm the history of Good Friday long ago.
Gather to rejoice in the fulfillment of sacred written words.

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Were You There? A 21st Century Worship Resource for Good Friday

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Based on John 19, NRSV
An adaptation arranged by Tony Peterson; Scripture adaptation by Valerie Bridgeman Davis 

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How Shall We Observe Good Friday?

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In addition to the worship practices of singing hymns, reading Scripture, and saying prayers, consider the following . . .     

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Is It Proper to Include Holy Communion as a Part of Services on Good Friday?

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While it is entirely appropriate to include Holy Communion on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Day, it is by many centuries' tradition that it is not included on Good Friday. 

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21st Century Prayer and Litany for Good Friday

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Faithful God, we stand in the dim shadows of a cross, longing for resurrection. But today we pause to remember the pain of the cross, and the pain of the crosses we've faced.

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Music for Good Friday

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Music scores for Good Friday in Sibelius and pdf.

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Lord, I Have Known: A Prayer for Good Friday

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Lord, I also have known what it is like to be mistreated   To have short-sighted power-brokers criminalize lack of conformity. To have the struggle for justice called meddling. To be maligned for loving enough to speak the truth. 

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Good Friday and the Gospel of Judas

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For some Christians, the press about the Gospel of Judas raises questions about the authenticity of historic gospel accounts. What's a pastor to do? Here are a few suggestions. 

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