GOOD FRIDAY HOME CHURCH
This Home Church Guide is meant to be read in its entirety, with options to participate in taking communion, or simply reading the crucifixion story.
WELCOME TO HOME CHURCH
Below you will find both a downloadable “At Home Guide” for Good Friday, and a Communion Guide for families. If you want to read the mobile-friendly version, you can read the text below the video playlist.
GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY
What is Good Friday?
“Good Friday” is the day in the Church that we remember Jesus’ death. So why call it “Good”? Because by His death, Jesus became the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. We cannot erase our guilt, nor can we overcome our sins by our good deeds. But Christ did what we could never do for ourselves, by dying for us on that first Good Friday.
But first, what about the Last Supper?
The “Last Supper” is what we call Jesus’ participating in the Passover meal with His disciples before He would be arrested, tried, and crucified. The Passover was the remembrance that God had delivered His people, Israel, from their bondage to Egypt, through the killing of all first-born sons… unless they put the blood of a spotless lamb above the doorposts of their homes – then the angel would “pass over” and the home would be spared. So when Jesus sat down with His disciples, as we read in Matthew 26:26-28,
26 “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins,”
We see Jesus giving a small foreshadowing of what He was about to do by His death.
Now, choose one or both of the following activities + readings:
Prepare to Take Communion Together
- Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
Ask Some Questions:
- What does Communion represent? Why does it matter?
- Is my heart in a place to take communion?
- Do I have unconfessed sin?
- Am I harboring any bitter, angry, jealous thoughts towards anyone?
- Have I been distancing myself from God?
- Communion in the time of Covid-19:
In what ways does COVID-19 and its impact make me appreciate what Jesus has done for me?
- Take the Bread
“Hold the bread, a symbol of Jesus’ body. Jesus asked us to eat this to remember that He gave His body for us. Let’s pray. God, thank You for sending Jesus who not only lived for us, but died for us. The Son of God, who came in the body of a man, gave Himself up so we could live! Thank You that His body was raised back to life. Thank you that because of the grace of Jesus we have real life, and we can live forever in You. Amen. Okay, go ahead and eat the bread.”
- Take the Cup
“Hold the cup, a symbol of Jesus’ blood. Jesus asked us to drink this cup to remember that our sins are washed by the powerful new covenant Jesus made possible between us and God. Let’s pray. God, what an incredible picture this is of Your love for us. You allowed Your only Son to literally be poured out so that we could be in a fully restored relationship with You. Thank You, Jesus, for giving your blood. Amen. Go ahead and drink the cup.”
Pray the Lord’s Prayer Together
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(If you have younger kids, maybe start with this video first)
(Then read the story from the Bible together)
Read Matthew 27:32-54
32 “As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”
38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land[g] until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
As we look ahead to Easter, let us spend the next two days with two postures:
- Prayerful – This is your permission to lament if needed. If you are struggling with your sin or the circumstances of this world, come to God with them. Remember that even in our darkest moments, like the world experienced when Jesus breathed His last breath, our God is not distant, but rather, is walking with us. In the midst of your own emotional state, thank God for who He is, what He has done for you, and how that has changed your life.
- Expectant – The death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection on Easter are the greatest moments of victory in human history; it proved God conquered sin, death, and Satan. Pray with the expectation that God will save those who don’t have hope this Easter. Lift up your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc, who still need to put their trust in Jesus and expect God to work.