One of my favorite Good Friday services is this service from Reformed Worship: And There Was Darkness: A Solemn Service for Good Friday. The heart of the service is a reading from the gospel of Luke, edited by Dennis Dewey. There are two readers who alternate telling the birth story and the crucifixion story of Jesus. When these two very familiar stories are read side by side, it helps you hear both of them in a new light.
Reader One: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
Reader Two: Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was perverting the people; and after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. I will therefore chastise him and release him.
One: And all went to be enrolled to their own cities. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
Two: But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave sentence that their demand should be granted. He released Barabbas, the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, who they asked for, but Jesus he delivered up to their will.
One: And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.
Two: And when they came to the place which is called the skull, there they crucified him and two criminals—one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
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