John 18:1-40 • John 19:1-42 • Isaiah 52:13-15 • Isaiah 53:1-12 • Hebrews 10:16-25 • Psalm 22

Lord God,

Jesus cried out to you on the cross,

“Why have you forsaken me?”

You seemed so far from his cry

And from his distress.

Those who stood at the foot of the cross

Wondered where you were,

As they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.

Where were you then?

Lord God,

We, too, ask where you are,

When there is trouble and suffering and death,

And we cry out to you for help.

Be near to us, and save us

So that we may praise you for your deliverance.

Lord God,

We wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of Sunday

And sometimes our lives seem a succession of Fridays

And we cannot see what is “Good”.

Teach us to call your name

As Jesus did.

Make us to trust in you like little children.

In Jesus’ name,