We love you Jesus
Thank you, God, for sending your Son to save the world.
We are sad to think about Jesus suffering and dying on the cross.
Help us to learn how to live like Jesus and love others like He did.
Song: Jesus Loves Me
THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE
Reading: Matthew 26:36-41
Lord of power and might, in this moment, you submitted yourself to the Father. We are weak and weary. Our spirits are willing, sometimes. May we keep watch on this dark night with you, for you, because of you. We submit our wills and our prayers to you, knowing that you hear. May we accept your plans as exceedingly greater than we can imagine. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.
Song: Faithful One
BETRAYED BY JUDAS
Reading: Mark 14:43-46
O faithful Friend, in this moment, you surrendered yourself into the hands of a faithless friend. With the symbol of love and trust, you were betrayed; that you would be a steadfast companion to all who accept your offer of friendship. May we turn to you now in loyalty and love, and remember your faithfulness to all generations. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.
Song: What Wondrous Love is This
DENIED BY PETER
Reading: Matthew 26: 69-75
Resolute Savior, in this moment, your strongest follower proved to be a coward. So often we waver and whimper our way through life. When we hang out with like-minded people, we are bold and brazen. When we face hostile consequences, we are ashamed of you and ashamed of the gospel, like Peter. Give us the courage to claim your name with boldness. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.
Song: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
JUDGED BY PILATE
Reading: Mark 15: 1-5, 11-15
O just Judge, in this moment, you made yourself weak and gave your enemies power over you. Your trial was rigged, your jury blinded by jealousy, and your judges unjust. As sinners, you judge us with honesty and equity – based upon your holiness, we have been found guilty. As our Savior, you took our punishment as your own; Based upon your sacrifice, we have been made righteous. In response, may our hearts be grateful, our attitudes toward others gracious, and our lives holy. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.
Song: Reckless Love
SCOURGED AND CROWNED WITH THORNS
Reading: John 19: 1-3
O suffering Servant, in this moment, you endured scorn and ridicule from those you came to save. You were crushed for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was placed upon you, and with your stripes we are healed. May we see your sacrifice clearly, feel your suffering deeply, and hear your voice calling us to repentance and holiness. Lord, we come. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.
Song: The Old Rugged Cross
Reading: John 19: 15-17, Luke 23: 33-34
Healer of the broken, we broke you. Binder of the wounded, we wounded you. Lamb of God, we slaughtered you. Yet it was the Father’s will that you be crushed, that your life be a bloody sacrifice for our sin. You emptied out your life unto death, that we may have life overflowing. May this be ever before us, never far from us, always within us: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Blessed are those whose sin the Lord will never count against them. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.
Song: Were You There
PROMISES HIS KINGDOM TO THE THIEF
Reading: Luke 23: 39-43
O lover of the Unlovely, in this moment, you made straight the path for a crooked thief to enter your rest. Our ways are bent, and our hearts are twisted, but the kingdom of God is not populated by perfect people. We are in a holy company of thieves, prostitutes, murderers, and liars who have met God, in Christ. Remind us of the grace that does not give us what we truly deserve. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.
DIES ON THE CROSS
Reading: Luke 23: 44-46
Oh Giver of life, in this moment, you gave yours up for us. Through the rending of your flesh, a way was made for us to enter your presence. Remind us of the depth of this death and the breadth of your love, that we, ever thankful, may die to ourselves daily and live a life worthy of your sacrifice. Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.
Christ Candle Removed
Song: O Sacred Head Now Wounded
PLACED IN THE TOMB
Reading: Matthew 27: 57-60
Oh Rock of our salvation, in this moment, all hope was sealed away. May we remember the silence of your grave, and keep silence.
Moment of Silence – Tolling of the Bell
Song: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Lord Jesus Christ, your death is the sacrifice that unites earth and heaven; through your blood you have reconciled us to you. May we who have faithfully reflected on these mysteries follow in your steps and so come to share your glory in heaven where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen.