Station 1

“Father Forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing”

 

Scripture Reading: Luke 23:32-38

 

Reflection

 

Prayer of Confession

Leader: Merciful God, we meet you at the foot of the cross today, knowing that we are in need of the forgiveness Christ gave even while he hung on that cross. We know that we are guilty of inflicting wounds on one another: 

People: Lord, be merciful to us.
Leader: As those who fail to forgive others:
People: Lord, be merciful to us.
Leader: As those who put our trust in powers that cannot help us like you can:
People: Lord, be merciful to us.
Leader: As those who are greedy:
People: Lord, be merciful to us.
Leader: As people who judge others without even giving them a fair trial:
People: Lord, be merciful to us.
Leader: As people who refuse to receive help from others:
People: Lord, be merciful to us.
Leader: God we are afraid of so much in this world: pain, suffering, persecution, unrest, change, being uncomfortable. God we know that this fear often leads us far from your will and your path.
People: Lord, be merciful to us. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

[based on 1 Peter 2:24]

Leader: Hear the Good news! Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the cross,
so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds we have been healed. Praise God.
 

Hymn

“Beneath the Cross of Jesus”

Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,

the shadow of a might rock with-in a weary land;

a home with-in the wilderness, a rest upon the way,

from the burning of the noon-tide heat, and the burden of the day.

Uponthe cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see

the very dying form of One who suffered there for me;

and from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess:

the wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.

I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;

I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of his face;

content to let the world go by, to know no gain or loss,

my sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.

 

“I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Scripture Reading: Luke 23: 39-43

 

Reflection & Prayer

Station 2

“Dear woman, here is your son.”

Scripture Reading: John 19: 25-27

 

Reflection & Prayer 

 

Hymn

“O Sacred Head”

O sacred head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down;

now scornfully surrounded with thorns, thine only crown;

O sacred head, what glory, what bliss till now was thine!

Yet, though despised and for, I joy to call thee mine.

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered was all for sinners' gain:

mine, mine was the transgression, but thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior! 'Tis I deserve thy place;

look on me with thy favor, and grant to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow to thank thee, dearest friend,

for this thy dying sorrow, thy pity without end?

O make me this forever; and should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to thee.

 

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Scripture Reading: Mark 13: 33-36

 

Reflection

 

Prayer of Lament and Praise

Leader: We hear Jesus say: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”And we too at times pray: 

People: “Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? 

Leader: O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 

People: In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.” 

Leader: Remembering Jesus, we boldly proclaim even in our lament, these words of trust and praise: 

People: “I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 

Leader: The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; 

and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. 

People: For all glory belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.” Amen

Stage 4

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” 

Scripture Reading: Luke 23: 44-49

 

Reflection

 

Prayer:

Leader: Let us pray together:

All: We give you thanks, great God, for the hope we have in Jesus. Christ suffered terribly and died for us. But he is now risen and rules over all. We praise you for his presence with us. Because he lives, we look for eternal life, knowing that nothing past, present, or yet to come can separate us from your great love made known in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Special Music

“The Old Rugged Cross”

 

Closing Prayer & Blessing

 

Closing Hymn

“Were You There?”

2021 Holy Week Prayer Stations

Station 3

“I am Thirsty.”

Scripture Reading: John 19: 28-29

 

Reflection & Prayer 

 

Hymn

“Go to Dark Gethsemane” (vs. 1, 2)

Go to dark Gethsemane, all who feel the tempter's power;

your Redeemer's conflict see; watch with him one bitter hour;

turn not from his griefs away; learn from Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgement hall; view the Lord of life arraigned; 

O the wormwood and the gall! O the pangs his soul sustained! 

Shun not suffering shame, or loss; learn from him to bear the cross.

“It is Finished.”

Scripture Reading: John 19:30

 

Reflection & Prayer

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