Worship Companion – Good Friday and Easter Sunday

“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Berean Study Bible – Galations 2:20

Mosaic of the Resurrection
Date: 1951
Artist: Meiere, M. Hildreth, -1961

Thank you for taking time this Holy Week to prepare your hearts for the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday! The blog will look a little different this week. I’ll be weaving the anchor passages and art portions together, and finishing the blog with a new song that we’ll be singing together on Sunday at the end of the service! Of course, there will be a kids video, which as I often say, is good for us adults to watch, too!
The first part of the blog this week will be a storyboard of art walking us through some of the key events of Holy Week. Take some time to examine each one. Rather than writing about each one, I’ll describe the artwork in the caption below it and include the passage of scripture that the artwork depicts.

The Last Supper
Walter Rane

Matthew 26:26-28 NIV

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.


Title: Peter’s Denial
Date: ca. 1628
Artist: Follower of Gerard Seghers

John 18:15-17

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

He replied, “I am not.”

The Disciples, after leaving their hiding places, watch from afar in agony…
Date: ca. 1886-1894
Artist: Tissot, James Jacques Joseph, 1836-1902

Matthew 26:55-56 NIV

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.


Title: Woman, Why Weepest Thou?
Date: 1892-1894
Artist: Uhde, Fritz von, 1848-1911

John 20:11-18
I can’t resist commenting here. The King of the Universe has accomplished the single Greatest act of human history, and yet is content to humbly great a confused woman weeping at the tomb. The gentle heart of our saviour is revealed so beautifully in this scene!
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.
I could go on and on with paintings for this week, but I’ll stop here. What scenes would you include?
A New Song for Easter Sunday
Take a moment and worship along with this new song we’ll be introducing on Easter Sunday after the message!

For the Kid in All of Us
Having the story of Easter told to us simply, young and old alike, helps us connect once again with the spectacular, world-changing story of the Resurrection of the Son of God!

Christ is Risen!
Let all God’s people say: “HE IS RISEN INDEED!”
Our God has come to save us. Praise the Lord!

One Response to “Worship Companion – Good Friday and Easter Sunday”

  1. Pat Britton says:

    HI Nate, I really am blessed by the worship companion each week. Thank you for taking the time to prepare it. I even watch the kids story. We have signed up for the 2 services which we have not done before so hopefully there will be room for us.
    I always sing the songs that have been chosen and I am looking forward to singing the new one on Sunday.
    Sending love and appreciation to you, Pat

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