Station 1 – Highfield Road
Mark 8:31-38 – Pick up your cross and follow me
Mark 8:31-38 (NIV – UK)
Jesus predicts his death
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ he said. ‘You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’
The way of the cross
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.’
Prayer – Jesus died for Feilding
Lord Jesus, we thank you for Feilding, for our businesses, for the infrastructure we are blessed with, for our Council and leaders.
We pray for those who see us walking, that they will remember that this day off is about You, and what You have done for us. Holy Spirit please work in our lives. And please keep us safe. Amen
Walk 6 minutes to St Johns
Safety and Health for walking; keep to your right going down Highfield Road, facing the uphill traffic. Cross West Street. Beware of the open drain as you cross Victoria Park to St Johns.
Station 2 – St Johns
Mark 14:43-52 – Betrayal & Arrest
Mark 14:43-52 (NIV – UK)
43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.
44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: ‘The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.’ 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Rabbi!’ and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
48 ‘Am I leading a rebellion,’ said Jesus, ‘that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.’ 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.
51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
Pause and reflect
Prayer – Jesus died for our churches
Lord Jesus, thank you for our churches. Thank you for our places to gather and worship together. Thank you for our places to pray together. Thank you for this time to do something together.
Father God, we think of the churches in Ukraine at the moment desperate for You to bring peace, desperate to be able to gather together again. We pray that peace will prevail there, and in other places in our world where worship is not as free as it is here. Amen
Walk 8 minutes to St Pauls
Safety and Health for walking; Cross Lethbridge Street onto the spine walkway. Cross Grey Street. Cross Church Street at the Pedestrian Crossing.
Station 3 – St Pauls
Mark 14:53-65 + 15:5 – The trial
Mark 14:53-15:5 (NIV – UK)
Jesus before the Sanhedrin
53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 ‘We heard him say, “I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.”’ 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, ‘Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?’ 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.
Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’
62 ‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’
63 The high priest tore his clothes. ‘Why do we need any more witnesses?’ he asked. 64 ‘You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?’
They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, ‘Prophesy!’ And the guards took him and beat him.
Jesus before Pilate
15:1 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
2 ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ asked Pilate.
‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied.
3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 So again Pilate asked him, ‘Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.’
5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
Pause and reflect
Prayer – Jesus died for our neighbours
Lord Jesus, thank you for the image of the pedestrian crossing, that reminds us about having time for others, it reminds us about respecting others, reminds us about being patient with each other, reminds us of those with mobility issues, reminds us to slow down, to pause.
Lord, we are giving thanks for dying for us, we also thank you for dying for others. Please help us to have Your concern for others. Amen
Walk 3 minutes to the Baptist Church
Safety and Health for walking; walk through St Paul’s hall carpark, to the mini golf entrance. Toilets available here. Cross the red bridge. Cross Hobson Street to the back wall of the Baptist complex.
Station 4 – Baptist
Mark 15:6-15 – Pilate hands Jesus over
Mark 15:6-15 (NIV – UK)
6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder in the uprising. 8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
9 ‘Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?’ asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to get Pilate to release Barabbas instead.
12 ‘What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?’ Pilate asked them.
13 ‘Crucify him!’ they shouted.
14 ‘Why? What crime has he committed?’ asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, ‘Crucify him!’
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Pause and reflect
[Stand in front of the left hand panel (tilt slab) at the back wall of the Baptist Church.]
See the three lines inset into the concrete slabs. These six images are like a story from left to right. Starting with the first, left hand panel, it could almost be a bundle of sticks. As these three lines begin to be drawn together, a shape emerges. It’s an exciting progression to ponder, as the sticks become, on the right, a cross.
The pattern is a reminder of the journey to Christian faith. Things aren’t always that clear at the beginning. [Move to the 2nd panel] The second panel depicts how understanding of things of God begins to develop. An awareness of Jesus begins. The third and fourth show how we begin to appreciate the importance and significance of Easter to us. The sixth panel is like when someone finally clicks, they get it, they make that decision, Jesus will be Lord of my life. I will be a follower of Jesus.
[Move to the 6th panel] But there’s also something else about that sixth panel. Note how the cross is slightly smaller than the fifth? Here is the element of humility, one of the many aspects of Jesus’ character that we grow in as we get to know Him better.
Prayer – Jesus died for the rebels
Lord Jesus, we don’t know what happened to Barabbas. But we would like to think that this remarkable second chance, this grace he received, turned his life around. Thank you for dying for all sorts of people. Thank you for dying for us. Thank you that everyone is offered Your grace. Thank you for the image on the wall, reminding us of our growth in You. Please remind us of our journey towards Christlikeness. Amen
Walk 2 minutes to the Salvation Army
Safety and Health for walking; Cross Manchester Street.
Station 5 – Salvation Army
Mark 15:16-23 – Soldiers Mock
Mark 15:16-23 (NIV – UK)
The soldiers mock Jesus
16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spat on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
The crucifixion of Jesus
21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means ‘the place of the skull’). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
Pause and reflect
Prayer – Jesus died for the poor, for those without choices
Lord Jesus, we pray for those who have few choices, those who are bound by poverty. Thank you for the support agencies that we have in Feilding. Thank you for our Foodbanks at the Salvation Army, Manchester House and Vinnies. Please bless them. Help us who do have choices to have a heart for those who don’t. Help us to care. Amen
Walk 3 minutes to St Marks
Safety and Health for walking; keep left on footpath
Station 6 – St Marks
Mark 15:24-41 – Jesus crucified
Mark 15:24-41 (NIV – UK)
24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.
27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!’ 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.’ Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The death of Jesus
33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’).
35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, ‘Listen, he’s calling Elijah.’
36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. ‘Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,’ he said.
37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’
40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
Pause and refect
Prayer – Jesus died for our young people
Lord Jesus, thank you for our children. Thank you for the life they bring us. Please help us to be the caring support to parents, the listening ears, the helping hands. Please help us to be good uncles and aunts, grandparents and friends so that our children grow up in a positive, supportive, and caring community. Amen
Walk 3 minutes to the Bible Chapel
Safety and Health for walking; Cross Grey Street.
Station 7 – Bible Chapel
Mark 15:42-47 – Jesus laid in the tomb
Mark 15:42-47 (NIV – UK)
The burial of Jesus
42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
Pause and refect
Prayer – Jesus died for you.
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for me. Thank you for giving me life. Thank you for giving us victory over darkness. Thank you for the hope that we have in You. Thank you that despite all the revolting stuff that happened to you for us, this is Good Friday.
And we pray together that prayer that Jesus taught His disciples;
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV – UK)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
You have with you some unleavened bread and juice for Communion, The Lord’s Supper.
Why don’t you read the words of Mark together?
Mark 14:22-24 (NIV – UK)
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,’ he said to them.
And Luke 22:19 adds Jesus’ words, “Do this to remember me.”
Jesus became the innocent lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Sacrificing his own life, he opens a doorway from death to life, from rebellion to friendship, from separation to communion, and from senseless suffering to redemptive suffering.
The Lord’s Supper reminds us that when darkness looms before us shrieking “all is lost”, the Lord of light stepped forth and said, “This is my body broken for you.” When we partake, we taste what redemption cost God in order to call us home. Indeed it is hard to see the bread and juice without tears starting in our eyes (Calhoun, 33-4). We should eat and drink with much thanks.
Give thanks to God.
Safety and Health for walking; Please take care in returning home.