Here’s a responsive reading for Good Friday from the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre website.
Where are you?
1: Where am I?
I confess I am not always at the cross.
It’s easy to be distracted and let my
attention move here and there.
2: I confess, I’m not always grateful for the death of Jesus.
A person gets busy with all sorts of things.
1: Good things, mind you,
like family and church committees and responsibilities to aging parents.
2: Doing homework, shopping.
Part time work.
Life gets hectic.
1: And burdensome.
2: I confess I try to carry my own burdens.
1: And work out my own salvation.
2: I like to be in control.
1: I wonder, do I betray Jesus with my self-sufficiency?
2: Do I deny him with my self-centered living?
1,2: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way.
2: We have been ungrateful.
1: Our hearts have not been humble.
2: Our spirits are not contrite.
1: Teach us how to find your presence, God, at the cross.
2: Teach us how to share the death of Jesus.
1,2: But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole
and by his bruises we are healed.
Congregation may join in the singing of “Were you there…”
~ from Were You There When they Crucified My Lord: A dramatic reading for the passion week. Posted in the From Our Churches archive on the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre website. http://resources.mennonitechurch.ca/FileDownload/12979/Were_You_There_When_They_Crucified_My_Lord.pdf