Good Friday Devotional
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Siblings of Christ, we’re already immersed in the spiritual atmosphere of Holy Week. On the evening of Holy Thursday, we entered the Easter Triduum. From yesterday, Maundy Thursday, until Sunday we will live the central days of the Liturgical Year, celebrating the mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord. And we live this mystery every time we celebrate Holy Communion. When we go to church, we do not go only to pray, no, we go to renew, to bring about again, this mystery, the Paschal (Easter) mystery. It is important not to forget this. It is as though we go to Calvary to renew, to bring about again the Paschal mystery.
Through the sacred texts of the Last Seven Words of Christ, we will gather as though we were on Calvary to commemorate the redemptive Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Ever since Jesus took upon himself the wounds of humanity and death itself, God’s love has irrigated these deserts of ours, he has enlightened our darkness. Now, in the hour of his supreme Sacrifice on the cross, he brings to fulfillment the task entrusted to him by the Father: he enters into the abyss of suffering, he enters into the chaos of this world, to redeem and transform. And to free every one of us from the power of darkness, of arrogance, of resistance to being loved by God. And only God’s love can do this. By his wounds we have been healed (1 Peter 2: 24), by his death we have been reborn, all of us. Praise be to our Living God!
God of compassion you have come near to us and have shown us your mercy. Give us compassion for one another and for all the world. Give us love that reflects your forgiveness and grace so that we may love one another. We ask this through your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Pastor Clarissa and Bro. Martin
Rev. Clarissa Martinelli
Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC
323 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison