Our only urging on Friday is that you live this as we must, impacted but not destroyed, dimmed but not quenched.
For your great staying power and your promise of newness, we praise you.
It is in your power and your promise that we take our stand this day. We dare trust that Friday is never the last day, so we watch for the new day of life.
Hear our prayer and be your full self toward us. Amen.
A piece from a prayer written and spoken by OT scholar Walter Brueggemann for Good Friday (Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann, 160):
In the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, I’ll be preaching on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Jesus’ final days. This week, we’re on Friday, which has historically been deemed as “Good Friday.” As is evident from Brueggemann’s prayer, that Friday in history was dark and ominous. From all appearances, it was hopeless and defeating for anyone who was aligned with Jesus of Nazareth. And yet, on that most despairing of all days, “we dare trust that Friday is never the last day…” For Christians, we can only call that Friday “good” because we know what happened on the following Sunday. In today’s message, we’re looking for the glimmer of life to break through that dark, forbidding cloud of horror that characterized Good Friday to find out how and why such a day could ever be good.