Welcome to our prayer labyrinth.




                                                                          An Orientat...
- Graffiti -
  graffiti is a lot of things
  and its definition depends on who you ask.
the argument over graffiti as an a...
- the art


the journey begins in distorted, black light. a room tagged with questions
to jesus, and statements that maybe...
an open ended

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                           you may take a brush and paint a stripe
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sTATION four: via dolorossa
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Luke 23:26
as they led Him away. they seized simon from cyrene, who was on
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this station brings us to the place
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Good Friday Journal

  1. 1. Welcome to our prayer labyrinth. An Orientation to the Labyrinth Please take a moment to orient yourself to the concept and process of this experience so that you may fully understand and engage. This prayer labyrinth consists of two parts....... First, nine stations that walk through the events of Good Friday. Second, a traditional prayer labyrinth traced on the floor. As you choose your own path through any or all of these elements please be open to the experience, the art, the story, and most of all God’s Spirit. Traditional labyrinths came into practice in the Middle Ages when pilgrimages to Jerusalem were no longer possible. There is much symbolism in the design of these labyrinths to help remind the journeyers of the purpose and focus of their pilgrimage. The labyrinth consists of twelve circles that represent a single year, and also the twelve disciples. The center rosette is a representation of Christ, and is always visible even as the circular path winds closer and farther from the center. The winding pattern that approaches the center and then moves away is symbolic of the way we sometime feel closer to Christ and sometimes very far away as we journey with Him. The journey into the labyrinth is symbolic of our letting go of the world as we draw near to Christ and God’s presence. The journey outward signifies us taking Christ with us into the world. We pray that God may use this time to draw you closer to Him and bless your heart. This journey book is for you to write in and carry with you as a marker of this time.
  2. 2. - Graffiti - graffiti is a lot of things and its definition depends on who you ask. the argument over graffiti as an art form is in many ways over as graffiti writers are commissioned to paint murals and work legally. However the fight to erase unwanted, illegal graffiti will probably never end and costs the U.S. over 1 billion per year in abatement. Interestingly enough, a proven way to minimize continued graffiti is to commission a graffiti production on a wall. We have chosen to use graffiti to help illustrate and support the concepts and content of Good Friday. Graffiti is chaotic, violent, bold, shocking. It is considered a blight and a beautiful art form. Graffiti is an act of destruction and vandalism. It is often unreadable to the untrained eye, but always makes a statement. It is a reflection of the reality of the world it lives in. Michael Walsh says in his book Graffito, “Graffiti isn’t intended to frighten, but to be a wake-up call to the masses who they (writers) perceive as apathetic.” We hope that there is something paradoxical and real in the graffiti today that can help us overcome our apathy, and experience the reality of Jesus Christ today. Good Friday is a violent, shocking day of remembrance. It exists because of the blight of sin on the human race. It is the destruction of a human life, and the most beautiful act of love ever shown. In the midst of the chaos of this day of remembrance is a statement, a truth, a reality that we need to understand. Are we willing to see and hear? - jeff the and art The ts A rtis
  3. 3. - the art the journey begins in distorted, black light. a room tagged with questions to jesus, and statements that maybe the world wants to believe is true of good friday. it doesn’t take much clean, clear light to cut through the distorted reality of black light. hopefully as you journey the truth of what jesus did, and the reality of this demonstration of love will cut through to your heart and mind. As you journey you will see many different images, street art, and words. We encourage you to find the significance of these expressions for your own journey and world view. Below is a note from one of the artists on some of his art... the death panel is meant to depict the reality of the pain, suffering and evil intended in the death of Christ as Satan believed he had found victory. the cross panel highlights the cross the complexity surrounding it. it is done in “wild style” and is hard to read but says CHRIST in the design. the love panel is brighter and more readable to be a bold reminder of the meaning and message behind Good Friday. God loves each of us. the jesus panel shows Christ’s suffering directly with a black eye and crown of thorns. He bleeds upon humanity, representative of man, below that shows the purposiveness of his death...to wash away our sins with his blood. In creating the street art for this prayer labyrinth, I hope that it provides a time for your introspection and contemplation of Christ’s sacrifice on this holy day, Good Friday. -nolan lee
  4. 4. an open ended Lord Jesus christ- take me along that holy way you once took to... Your Death take my mind, my memory, and above all my reluctant heart and body prayer ou and let me see y id what once of me and d for love all the world...
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  6. 6. rk ramewo ural f Friday ??? cript of Good A fac tual, s nts he eve to s et up t As you begin this journey to the cross what does Good Friday mean to you? his e said to things, h wo days sTATION ONE: JOURNEY TO THE CROSS EW 2 6:1-5 these MATTH finished saying all ssover feast is t u s pa the be when jes s you know, the ded over f the : “a il l be han so disciples he son of man w sts and the elder hose away, a nd t hief prie h prie st, w en the c of the hig rest Jesus in cified.“ Th d in the palace r cru le tted to a peop le assemb as, and they plo s caiph name wa y and kill him. ory wa he st some sly . Let t -25 w 26:6 es you? M atthe rik Read at st i n. Wh sink Take communion while remembering Christ’s words to His disciples. Read Mark 14:32-41 Pray that God will use this time of prayer and meditation. This is your journey into the sorow, heartache, suffering and death of your Savior, Jesus Christ. May you know Him more intimately.
  7. 7. MATTHEW when pilate sa an uproar was front of the cr 26:1-5 w that he was starting, he to owd, saying, “i getting nowher ok water and e, but that inst washed his han d ea ??? The trial of Christ before Pilate it is your resp am innocent o ds in onsibility!“ f this man’s blo od. sTATION Two: Clean Hands How is Pilates true an stateme d false nt both Who is ? Is he Our sin, like graffiti, cannot be respons innocen ible? t? washed away with water. How have you tried to wash away your respon- sibility for you own life, your own sin? Have you “looked the other way” during Easter in the past? Overlooking the significance of Good Friday, of Christ? Dip your hands in the water. As you feel the water dripping off, know that nothing but Christ’s blood can cleanse us from our sin. May God keep you from apathy and show you vibrant life.
  8. 8. ***(graphic video loop)*** Luke 19:1-3 then pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. the sol- diers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. they clothed Him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again saying - Hail, king of the jews! and they struck Him in the face. we are healed sTATION Three: other scripture to read: By His Stripes Luke 19:1-16, Isaiah 53:2-7, Matt. 27:27-29 This level of brutality seems much removed from us today. How do these passages make you feel? why is it important to grasp the suffering of Christ and not just His death? this station interacts with the flogging of Christ seeking to find understanding in His suffering.
  9. 9. ??? you may take a brush and paint a stripe or something to represent the suffering of Christ for you and the healing it has brought in your life. may God bring true healing in your life this Easter, whether spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional. and may Christ be worshipped as the one who has brought us healing.
  10. 10. sTATION four: via dolorossa (way to the cross) John 19:17-18 Matt. 27:32 Mark 8:34 read the excerpt from Cost of Discipleship. confess ways that you might be exchanging cheap grace for costly grace. Christ says that if anyone would follow Him they must take up their own cross. what might we draw from this story to help us understand how we must share in Christ’s sufferings? ???
  11. 11. ??? Luke 23:26 as they led Him away. they seized simon from cyrene, who was on his way in from the country. and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. a large number of people followed Him, including women who mourned and wailed for Him. put yourself in simon’s shoes...what was he thinking as he walked behind this man... following him to his execution? may you continue your journey bearing the cross of Christ, feeling its weight, and knowing the great cost of His sacrifice. walk to the cross with Christ.See him fall. Hear the jeering crowd. Witness the tears of His mother. Pick up the cross with Simon. As you walk up to the cross, read the exerpts from Psalm 22 along the wall. 11
  12. 12. this station brings us to the place of crucifixion. it echoes with the sound of hammer and nail, pain and sorrow. ??? sTATION Five: The CruciFixion Mark 15:22-32 John 19:25-27 Mark 15:22-24 they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull) then they offered Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. And they crucified Him. Dividing up His clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. think back over the journey so far. think back over the story of Christ. think of the miracles, the relationships, the teachings, the laughs, the childhood friends, the family he was part of. You are sitting at the destination point of this man’s life. You are sitting at His cross. Looking up at Him hanging there for you. Think on that for a moment. know that just as you leave your paper shame there as well. “Therefore there Christ J
  13. 13. place yourself in the shoes of Mary, or John, or any other witness thay was there. what confusion, sorrow, agony, loss, reality, responsibility, or understanding might you be experiencing? find a picture or word that represents something that Jesus carried and took for you on the cross and tape it to the cross. r taped to the cross, you can leave your sin and e is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus.” Romans 8:1
  14. 14. sTATION six: between thieves this station explores the significance of the conversation between Christ and the two thieves. read the whole conversation in luke 23:32-43 between Christ and the thieves. what is the significance of this conversation to you? To your faith? To humanity? the theif says, “we are getting what our deeds deserve.” how do you hear those words? what do you and I deserve? ??? how do you feel the theif felt when Christ spoke his promise to him?
  15. 15. ??? luke two 23:32-4 o 3 Him ther m en, calle to be both d th ex the e Sk ecuted crimina c u . ls Jesu riminal ll, ther when were a s an s-o e th they lso l swer ey c will be w ed ne o nH ruci came ed out ith m him, i fie to wi e in “I te s right, d Him, the pl th para ll on al ace wh at dise you the e on H ong wit .” trut i h His do y h, to s left.... res love ou l day . pon ea you se? and f rn a bo org ive ut Ch nes r s f ist a rom nd take a look in the mirror at your His own reflection. . . who do you see? what character is reflected? how does the image of Christ effect how you see your own reflection? as you walk know that Christ’s promise and love for you is the same today as it was demonstrated to the thief on the corss.
  16. 16. came rk ness out ur da lled 15: 55 5o in th ho r Jesus ca .. and ns 5 & til the n th hou ni!”. hia ew 27:4 our nin sabachtha irit. int h i C or matt he sixth h About the lama s sp t . i, p Hi from l the land Eloi, elo he gave u ??? al “ , last over ud voice out again ri st’s lo o Ch in a Jesus cried n ce d urney ? w hen i ficau r jo sign o yo w hat have t ds read matthew 27:45-56 wor do you feel the finality of Christ’s death in this moment? sTATION seven: The death of christ thi s s bet t wee ation wor n l exi ds, i the fe an sts i las d n t b death the m rea th. . the oment fin al 16
  17. 17. imagine how powerful of a moment this was for the soldiers to exclaim, “surely this was the son of God!” we may know that Christ is risen and celebrate His resurrection on Easter, but we must embrace the very real death of Christ to truly celebrate Easter. how have you felt or seen the power of death in your life? remember that Easter is a celebration of the victory that Christ claimed for us over the power of death. experience this moment but realize there is the hope of Easter before us. the power of the resurrection over came the power of sin and death. 17
  18. 18. luke 23:49-56 hebrews 2 romans 5 mark 15:42-46 so as evening approached, 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. pilate was surprised ??? The Burial of christ to hear that he was already dead. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, sTATION eight: and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. have you ever thought about why jesus had to die? do you think that that question might have been running through the mind of joseph? why do you think jesus had to die? ??
  19. 19. ??? when we bury someone we usually celebrate and remember their life and character. what characteristics do you attribute to Christ? do you see any of these characteristics in yourself? do you see Christ in you? ?? myrrh 19
  20. 20. e: IO N Nin Tomb sTAT he si ng t & 65 front stone in hen Clo thew 27 :6o thea rol led a big away...t t mat f arima nd wen ??? ow th en j oseph o to the tomb a cure as you kn trance b as se tomb. o f the en make the tom and sealed the id “ ent pilate sa he pharisees w ot how.” S how are you going walk away from this experience? is this the end for you? how has this experience shaped or changed your perspective of Good Friday? Christ? Easter? take a moment read what other journeyers have left for you.
  21. 21. thi s s jou rne tatio on y. n i lea your it is s not ve exp an tak a m eri opp the ort to e a me essag ence uni end o car nta e f of ty f ry or on lp ict tho Good to re your se fle you u r f re of wh Frid ct write down any closing thoughts that ait thi o fol ay, t h j low o you might need to help yourself capture our s expe , this experience. (there is more room on ney rie to . nce the next page if you need it.) what words, thoughts, encouragement, questions, or statement might you leave here at this place for those who follow? write it down and leave it. you might choose to walk the labyrinth as a way to reflect on your experience....
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  24. 24. i pray that you might have more truly experienced Good Friday so that you may more deeply celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ everyday. -jeff But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. - phillipians 3:7-11 special thanks to everyone who helped create this experience. art director: jeff rummer graffiti writer and artist nolan lee other artists and help kate cutillo andy holdeman bobby orf (calvary bible) shauna rushing (origins) roots church

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