Each week, the Evergreen Project Team is publishing a Resource Roundup for Ministry in a Pandemic. Earlier this week, in our Resource Roundup we included a number of Holy Week & Easter Resources—articles, websites, and other resources.
Today, we want to focus specifically on Good Friday resources. It seems like Good Friday is actually more well-suited to digital experiences than some of the other key services of Holy Week & Easter. Also, we hope these are a blessing to you as we walk the way of the Cross together.
But before we list these great resources, I would like to offer a comment, a suggestion, and an invitation.
Comment: Every church does not need to build their own brilliant and amazing online Holy Week experience. It should be no shame for any of our church leaders to refer their members to other websites and resources. The internet allows people in every congregation to take full advantage of every resource from every congregation.
Suggestion: Daniel Adkinson and I are hosting a webinar called “The Church Sustainable” next Wednesday. We are going to offer ideas, resources, and perspectives on how a church can sustain its ministry over the next 9-12 months. This would be crucial for all Rectors and church leaders, but all are welcome to attend. April 15th at 4 EST, 3 CST, 2 MST, and 1 PST. Registration is required here.
Invitation: May I strongly invite every reader from every church to go online and make a very generous offering/donation to the work of your local church. Congregations are doing vital work in keeping their members connected, uplifted and looked after. Some churches are finding new ways of reaching new people. I know every member wants their congregation to thrive. Please be generous in your Easter giving.
Resources for Good Friday
Now, here are 5 different resources for Good Friday:
Call to Prayer and Fasting
First of all, Good Friday is a day of fasting for Anglicans. Also, in the midst of this pandemic, the Anglican Church in North America has issued an ecumenical call to Prayer and Fasting along with the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).
Find out more information from the Provincial website and look for further resources from the American Anglican Council.
Also, if you are looking for a very thorough and helpful treatment of fasting, Jay Richards has a great book entitled “Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal your Body while Healing your Soul”. He has made me (David Roseberry) a believer!
Visual Liturgy for Good Friday
The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others has curated a Visual Liturgy for Good Friday on their website. The Rev. Dr. W. David O. Taylor originally commissioned this project in 2003 and has modified it for this Visual Liturgy. It is truly beautiful.
Holy Week at Home Website
Many congregations in the ACNA have resources available online (or scheduled to be posted Friday). Here is an extensive guide to Good Friday from Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, IL. It’s great to see what one of our larger, resource-size cathedral churches can make available.
Music, Art, & Scripture
Similarly, St. Thomas Anglican Church in Athens, GA is putting up two simple, curated experiences. One is an audio option from Fernando Ortega based on his recent album The Crucifixion of Jesus. The other is a video option from Poor Bishop Hooper of their Gologtha Experience. They are posting these on the Services Page of their website at noon (EST). I have been really encouraged to see great resources from churches of all sizes in the Province for Good Friday.
I highly recommend that you visit the blog of Victoria Emily Jones, “Artful Devotion”. It is consistently amazing. Truly great for Holy Week.
There is even an opportunity on Good Friday in the morning to experience a live performance of the St John Passion by J. S. Bach from Leipzig, Germany. Originally, it was performed on Good Friday at St. Nicholas’ Church in Leipzig. This special chamber performance will be from a nearby church in Leipzig. You can even access sheet music to sing-a-long. Here is an article about this event with a link to the Facebook Page where it will debut and for the sheet music.
Do you have a Good Friday Resource to share?
Post it in the comments. It is so encouraging to see the creativity and collegiality being exhibited by our clergy and churches right now!