Welcome to our Drive-Through Prayer Walk.  You are invited to use this page as a guide through five stations remembering the events surrounding and including Jesus crucifixion and resurrection.  We hope that this time of reflection and prayer will be a blessing to you as we are not able to participate in our normal Holy Week celebrations.

Stations Map

Station 1

The Upper Room

When a community is under threat, when tragedy strikes, when fear seems close, we humans yearn to be together. It is what the disciples and followers of Jesus did that last week of his life. Tensions were high. While we may not be on the verge of crucifixion as Jesus was at that moment, we may feel that in today’s world, we face threats to goodness, to love, to humanity’s ability to move into hope. We also recognize that many in this world do face very real threats.

Unrest can also take root in one’s very being… it may come from a traumatic event in one’s life and history. We pause before scripture to hold space for pain, and to hold the hope of healing. Let us spend this time connecting with God, with the depths of our true selves and with each other.

We start remembering the last time Jesus ate with his disciples.

Then we will embark on the journey with Jesus along the Way of the Cross.

Come and rest.
Come and listen.
There’s a wisdom deep within that calls us closer.

Know that the invitation to Christ’s table is open to all,
no matter how you might have betrayed, faltered, denied or transgressed.
You are invited to the grace that turns us all around.
Thanks be to God.

 

-Marcia, McFee www.worshipdesignstudio.com/series, adapted.

John 13:1-11

 

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’

 

What are you struggling with today?

What ideas are challenging you?

What are you afraid of?

Lift these things in prayer to Jesus, trusting that he has provided what we need.

He sets the table, blesses and breaks the bread, and washes us so that we will be clean.

God Will Take Care of You

by Jeremiah Padilla | Produced by Josh Burtner

Station 2

The Garden of Gethsemane

Have you ever just wished that the situation you are in or the pain you feel could simply be lifted from you like waking from a bad dream? Jesus knows this pain. At this station we pray for those who live in fear. And we find the Jesus who felt afraid and alone and yet offered himself for a higher purpose.
 

-Marcia, McFee www.worshipdesignstudio.com/series, adapted.

Matthew 26:36-46

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’ Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’ Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’

 

 

Lord Jesus,

You wept.  You wept over the tomb of Lazarus.  You wept over the city of Jerusalem.  You wept in the Garden, knowing what was inevitable.

But in each case you took courage as well.  You took courage knowing that God had given all things into your hands.  You took courage, not because it was easy, or even reassuring, but because you knew what God was doing.

You took courage, for our sake.

You trusted in God.

You came to be born into this world, to work and teach and serve, to be crucified and resurrected for us.

You wept for us.

Give us courage as well.

Help us to follow you.  Strengthen us to repent when we have denied you.  Give us faith that reminds us that God is still preparing the best for us yet.

Thy kingdom come.

Amen.

Station 3

The Soldiers Come

The sting of difficult relationships is something most of us have experienced. Perhaps as children, trust was betrayed by an adult who did not care for us as we needed. Perhaps as adults, family or spousal relationships crumbled under the weight of addiction or illness or resentment. At this station, we pray for the ability to forgive and move on. We find here the Jesus who knew of the betrayal and who broke bread with Judas anyway.

-Marcia, McFee www.worshipdesignstudio.com/series, adapted.

Matthew 26:47-56

 

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.’ At once he came up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him. Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you are here to do.’ Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?’ At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

 

 

Tortured Jesus,
subjected to this cruel and vicious end,
refusing to answer violence with violence,
absorbing taunts and jeers.
Jesus,
beautiful, bruised and brave,
remember us.

Jesus, you had an answer
for all the hatred,
all the brutality,
all the violation.
Forgive and
forgive and
forgive.

– by Jo Love © Wild Goose Resource Group, adapted.

Song of Confession

by The Walking Roots Band | Prayers for the Church

Station 4

Jesus’ Death on the Cross

The Roman techniques of death by crucifixion were notoriously brutal. Beyond the actual excruciating physical pain, the humiliation of bearing the instrument of death through the streets on the way to the execution was meant to prolong and intensify the suffering. As we find the Jesus who carried the burden of his cross to Golgotha, we remember his earlier words that if we would only come to him, he would carry our burdens. We pray for all those who carry heavy burdens and ask God to give them rest.

-Marcia, McFee www.worshipdesignstudio.com/series, adapted.

Roman crucifixion was used as a way of terrorizing the people whose lands they occupied and was most often the preferred method for making a statement about political insurgents. And so death was not the main goal, but rather prolonged and lingering suffering. Hanging from nails through the hands and feet would ensure a slow death and make sure those who witnessed were frightened and intimidated into submission to the Roman state. At this station we find the Jesus whose body was tortured to death and pray for all victims of hatred and injustice.

-Marcia, McFee www.worshipdesignstudio.com/series, adapted.

Luke 23:44-49

 

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, ‘Certainly this man was innocent.’ And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts. But all his acquaintances, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

 

 

 

Jesus’ final breath was accompanied by the ultimate letting go into God… “I give you my Spirit.” At the time of Jesus, breath was considered to be life and spirit. When someone gives their last breath, we are aware that the life has gone out of the body that was only home to their spirit on this earth. For those that are left behind, it is difficult to accept that all is finished. God’s last words in the human form of Jesus were that the Spirit was returning to the Creator. We lift up the names of those we have lost and give thanks that God holds them even now.

-Marcia, McFee www.worshipdesignstudio.com/series, adapted.

Luke 23:50-56

 

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning.* The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.

On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

God of Suffering, God of Sacrificial Love, God of Redeeming Grace,

there are no more words, for it is finished.

And while we know the rest of the story,

we pause now to stay in the abyss where there is no light.

We listen for new life to be born in us out of the womb and tomb of darkness.

Be with us, we pray, in the time of letting go.

-Marcia, McFee www.worshipdesignstudio.com/series, adapted.

Station 5

The Empty Tomb

John 20:1-18

 

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew,* ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

Lord, in this season, when so many feel locked inside,

trapped, unable to escape, fearful that death will soon come,

Give us faith that you are still at work.

Remind us that nothing separates us from your love.

Open our eyes and hearts to see you clearly.

Open our ears to hear you calling out to us.

Restore to us, the joy of your salvation, once more.

In the resurrected Christ, we pray.

Amen!

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

by Jeremiah Padilla | Produced by Josh Burtner