Church of England Diocese of Exeter Martinhoe

Good Friday

Dear Friends,

We have reached Good Friday, a day above all, of stopping our busy-ness and remembering Jesus’ gift of himself, offered for us on the cross.

My sermon for today has become a more extended reflection in the spirit of the past tradition of the three hours services of the past on Good Friday afternoon. It does give space to go quite deeply into personal reflection on how Jesus’ words from the cross might speak to our own awareness of our mortality at this time. This may not be what everyone is looking for today, so I can also suggest the tradition of following the stations of the cross, which pilgrims brought back from Jerusalem: having visited the sites of the events of Good Friday they created a version of pilgrimage you could do back home.

This link take you to a contemporary reflection on them by the Biblical scholar Nicholas King SJ : https://www.thinkingfaith.org/tags/nicholas-kings-stations-cross?mc_cid=e991f5a384&mc_eid=87357580e5

A friend of mine used to be involved in the production of the Wintershall Passion play, an outdoor performance telling the story of Jesus with a huge cast. Last year they took the performance into the heart of London, and this year were extending to cities across the country. Instead they are streaming footage on facebook : www.facebook.com/Wintershallplay

Details of television schedules, and the offerings of the local and national church are found in the links here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/easter

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

https://exeter.anglican.org/rainbow-of-hope-as-devons-churches-offer-wide-spectrum-of-easter-worship/

Today’s Collects:

Almighty God, look with mercy on the family for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross; who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen

Eternal God, in the cross of Jesus we see the cost of our sin and the depth of your love; in humble hope and fear may we place at his feet all that we have and all that we are, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God bless, Samantha

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The Reverend Samantha Stayte

The Lyn Valley Mission Community

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