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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Five for Good Friday

As a child the designation "good" for today confused me. How could we call such a somber day, good? Holy, yes. Blessed, yes. But, good?

As an adult I understand the meaning of good for this day. It is a solemn day of remembrance but it is also a time for us to stop and recall the great gift of love that we received this day. And that is most certainly good.

Our worship today will differ from place to place. Some services will focus on the great litany of prayers. Others will use the seven last words of Jesus. Some of us will walk the stations of the cross. Others will participate in a Tennebrae service of shadows and light.

I hope that this Friday Five will be a meaningful part of your Good Friday. God's blessings to you on your journey.

  1. Our prayer concerns are as varied as we are this day. For whom would you like us to pray?
  2. Are there things you have done or will do today to help the young ones understand this important day in our lives?
  3. Music plays an important part in sharing the story of this day. Is there a hymn or piece of music that you have found particularly meaningful to your celebrations of Good Friday?
  4. As you hear the passion narrative, is there a character that you particularly resonate with?
  5. Where have you seen the gracious God of love at work lately?

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Shalom! RevHRod

48 comments:

  1. I played here, complete with a wee video.

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  3. I won't have time to play, but I have to say this is a wonderful and revential Friday Five. I hope I will have a chance to read some.

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  4. Thank you for this chance to stop and reflect. My responses plus a video are here

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  5. I'll have to play later, but ironically my sermon today is about what's good about Good Friday.

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  6. Blessings to you all. I played here.

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  7. I rarely get to play this early, but took the opportunity before work to reflect on this good day here

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  8. I played here. Thanks revhrod, I needed to do this today. Blessing's y'all!

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  9. It's been ages since I had a chance to play. Thanks to a snowstorm (yes, it's spring in Wisconsin) I did today.

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  11. I don't think I'll have the chance to play today, but thank you for lovely, thoughtful questions.
    A blessed Good Friday to all.

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  12. Sculpture and a prayer... here.

    (neither of them mine...)

    Deb

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  13. I'm sorry that I won't have a chane to play today, but m grateful for these thoughtful questions.

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  14. A few thoughts here if I can, and then so send a heartfelt thank you to so many of you who have followed my Holy Week journey here. It continues today, ma's birthday. Beautiful 5 RevHRod. Please pray for those who are lost and not yet found. A sudden snow has halted most of my plans for today. So I am listening to my Taize chants, am thinking about the Holy Mother Mary, and reminded of God through this community today.

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  15. Apparently my link was goofed. (Thanks Wyldthing, for letting me know.) Let's try it again

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  16. Thanks for the stimulation. My response is posted at my site. ((but it won't accept the tag...))

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  17. Not much to say except for the prayer requests, but I played
    here

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  18. I don't think that this was play, but it was a good time to pray...
    www.foraseason.blogspot.com

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  19. I participated in this opportunity for reflection here.

    Thanks HRod!

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  20. BC had a comic a few years ago:

    "Why do they call it 'Good' Friday"

    "If someone died in your place, what would you say?"

    "Good?"

    "Have a nice day."

    Great Friday Five. I played here.

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  21. In Finnish today is called L-O-N-G Friday ... are we supposed to have long faces I wonder. Hard to have because we KNOW the end of the story. Jesus did it for US. Because He and the FAther loved us.

    wow!

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  22. Thank you for a great Five, RevHRod! Katie and I played here.

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  23. I left my thoughts here.

    I also added a YouTube link for my favorite Good Friday song.

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  24. I played, and I included a video to my favorite song too.

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  25. i don't have time to do the friday five, although my sermon is a meditation based on mary magdalene. but i include my musings after maundy thursday, as they seem appropriate enough for the day. for what it's worth, here they are

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  26. I've never played along with the Friday Fives before, though I've been lurking for a good long while now. I think I needed to this week.

    Five for Good Friday

    Thanks for this one..and for letting me play.

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  27. This evening when we prayed the Bidding Prayer, I had so many things to offer. Thanks to all who offered petitions and to all who offered concerns this day.

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  28. I did play and posted it a while ago, just forgot to come back and tell you!

    It's here

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  29. Fresh from New Zealand! A day late on my side of the world sorry! Fantastic questions thank you!

    here

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  34. Okay, I posted a link to the resurrection cookie directions.

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