Good Friday This Year
Good Friday is the culmination of the season of Lent and one of the most important days of the year for followers of Jesus. On this day, we remember Jesus’ death and sacrifice. It is called “good” because of what his death means for redemption of the world.
Each year, we typically gather for a Good Friday service at NDC. It is intentionally reflective and somber. We read the gospel narratives of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion; we lament his undeserved suffering; and we are quietly moved by his extraordinary act. Then we leave the Good Friday service in silence and darkness, holding the mood until Sunday morning.
This year, instead of a traditional service, we will mark Good Friday by offering an individual journey through the Stations of the Cross. Rather than gathering for a corporate worship service, you are invited to come to New Denver Church in the afternoon or evening of April 2nd and walk through the Stations of the Cross on your own.
Not only do we think this is a meaningful way of engaging Jesus’ sacrifice, it will be much safer for social distancing and those who would be hesitant or unable to attend a Good Friday service because of health concerns. We hope you will make it a priority to participate. Details are provided below.
The Stations of the Cross at NDC
What is the Stations of the Cross?
The Stations of the Cross is an ancient spiritual practice that goes back to the fourth century. The Stations invite us to walk with Jesus on the Via Dolorosa, his journey to the cross. Traditionally, there have been fourteen stations. At NDC, there will be artwork for each station along with an audio guide that contains theological reflections, Scripture passages, and prayers.
How do I attend?
You do not need to RSVP. All you have to do is show up on Good Friday with a smart phone and headphones. Someone will help you access the audio file online (using your phone’s data plan or a wifi connection that NDC can provide). Once you start playing the audio, it will guide you through each station in the sanctuary. Walking the stations takes about an hour. If you do not have access to a smart phone, we can provide an audio player for you if you email [email protected] ahead of time.
When, where, who?
When: You can experience the stations on Good Friday, April 2, anytime from noon to 9pm.
Where: NDC sanctuary
Who? Anyone is welcome. Parents can use discretion. If you have small children, each parent might come separately or wait while the other parent goes through the stations. We think kids 10 and older could benefit from walking through the stations with their parents. Be sure to bring a smart phone and headphones for them as well.
What about health concerns?
Masks are required inside NDC. We also practice social distancing and have numerous hand sanitizer stations in the church. You can read more about the health precautions we have taken here.
Most importantly, we have designed this Stations of the Cross experience with those in mind who have not been able to attend church during the pandemic. Individuals and family units will go through the stations in a staggered fashion one at a time so that the number of people in the sanctuary will be very limited. We are committed to keeping this space safe and socially-distanced. If several people arrive at the same time, groups and individuals may wait outside for a few minutes in order to stagger entry. Because the stations are open from noon to 9pm, we do not anticipate crowds of people at any one time. But early afternoon will likely be the most private time to attend.
Our prayer is that everyone in our community will set aside some time on Good Friday to attend. We also encourage you to invite others. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].
Access the audio here: newdenver.org/goodfridayaudio