Here’s a pastoral prayer for Good Friday from Pastor Sandy at the First United Methodist Church of Seattle.
Good Friday Prayer
The words of his disciple ring in our ears:
I do not know this man
The words of the crowd echo in our ears:
We have no emperor but Caesar
Crucify him, Crucify him.
And we long to think that if we had been there
we wouldn’t have denied him
we wouldn’t have run
we wouldn’t have shouted out against him
we wouldn’t have abandoned him to the soldiers and spears.
Yet in our moments of honesty
when we see our heart of hearts
we know that the crowd is us.
We know that their words are ours.
We feel it is true,
because we run away from the crucifixions around us.
We shout aloud
in the din of vengeance and estrangement and hatred
that makes our world.
And the sound of the hammering of nails
with the music of our own private
adding our own soundtrack to drown the cries
of those who are crucified.
So God, on this day
this one day
we ask that you let those sounds through
so that the banging of the hammer
in our soul
so we are touched just for this moment
just for this one Good Friday moment
with the pain.
We name the pain, as the hammer falls on the nail:
We have averted our eyes
and let the hammer fall on the innocent.
in our shame
transform this sadness
transform our hearts
transform us toward your new world
where there is the sound of spring again.
Bring forth your new creation now
Not so that our guilt may be washed away,
but so that the pain of each victim
of each heartbreak
of each loss
May know your new day of joy.
In the spirit of him who was crucified
whom we call the Christ
who lives and reigns with you.
Make it so, Easter God.
Make it so.
~ written by Pastor Sandy, and posted on the First Church blog. http://blog.firstchurchseattle.org/good-friday-prayer/