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|Reader||We have come together to remember Jesus.|
|All repeat||We have come together to remember Jesus.
|Reader:||Two thousand years ago, God sent his Son
into the world.
The world was as sad and bad as it is today
and God wanted to love it better.
God sent Jesus into the world as a sign of his love.
|Reader||Jesus is the sign of God's love.|
|All||Jesus is the sign of God's love.
|Reader||Jesus was kind and loving.
He cured people who were sick.
He forgave people who had been sinners and who wanted to become good.
Jesus is the sign of God's forgiveness.
|All||Jesus is the sign of God's forgiveness.
|Reader||But some people were afraid of Jesus.
His love was too strong.
He did not take any notice of how rich or powerful people were.
He was on the side of people who were weak and hurt.
He stood up to those who were cruel.
Jesus is the sign of God's power.
|All||Jesus is the sign of God's power.
|Reader||The powerful people thought that,
if they killed Jesus,
they could have things their own way.
They chose a horrible way for him to die -
so that everyone would be ashamed of him.
And some of his best friends did run away.
But Jesus was strong and loving even when he was suffering.
Jesus is the sign of God's strength and love.
|All||Jesus is the sign of God's strength and
|Reader||But some people had learnt about God's love
and strength through Jesus
and they did not run away.
Even with the soldiers and crowds all around them,
they did not give in to their fear.
They loved Jesus and wanted to do all they could to help him -
even if it did not seem to be very much.
They were a sign of God's love for Jesus.
|All||They were a sign of God's love for
|People who helped Jesus
(Show pictures of Station of the Cross or take the children around the Stations in the church - and talk with the children how various people helped Jesus)
Simon of Cyrene
Women of Jerusalem
Mary - Jesus' mother
|Reader||After Jesus died, all His friends wondered
what it had all been about.
They were very sad.
Remembering that Jesus died can make us sad too.
But we remember that God's love is stronger than death.
|Children can be invited to lay a flower at
the foot of the cross
|Helping Jesus in the world today.|
|Reader||We can't go back two thousand years to help
Jesus on the first Good Friday.
But we can remember some of Jesus' words:
You are not My servants - you are My friends
and I have chosen you to carry on My work of loving the world better.
Love one another as I have loved you.
If you do this then everyone will know that you are My friends.
They will know that I am alive in you and you are alive in Me.
|All||We want to be a friend like Simon.|
|Reader||When we see someone struggling with something that is too big or heavy.|
|All||We will help them to carry it - like
Simon helping Jesus.
|(Candle lit by Simon's picture/ staton)
|All||We want to be a friend like Veronica.|
|Reader||When we see someone who is hurt or ill|
|All||We will look after them - like Veronica
|All||We want to be friends like the women of Jerusalem|
|Reader||When we see someone who is being treated unfairly|
|All||We will stand up for them - like the
women helped Jesus.
|All||We want to be a friend like Jesus' mother, Mary.|
|Reader||When our mums and dads fuss and worry about us|
|All||We will remember they do it because they
love us - like Jesus' mother loved Him.
|All||We want to be a friend like Mary
|Reader||When someone is sad or hurt and there isn't
much we can do
|All||We will stay with them and care for them
- like Mary cared for Jesus.
|All||We want to be a friend like John
|Reader||When people make up lies or tell cruel stories about someone|
|All||We will talk about the good things they
have done -
like John talked about Jesus
Doing something good is like sowing a seed. We may think that it has been forgotten or that nothing has happened.
(Take the children to where the planting will take place - and help them to plant their plants/ seeds. Choose the Closing prayer as appropriate)
|Reader||We have planted
a small plant -
a sign of God's love for life.
We ask God to bless us - and our plants -
and with our help to make them grow strong
and give us pleasure in the summer.
Let us remember that it is a sign of wanting to do beautiful things for Jesus.
We thank God for new life.
We have sown seeds deep into dark
We have planted our plants as our
Easter gift to our parish/ community.
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