Sensing Jesus' Passion:
A Multi-Sensory Good Friday Worship Service
This Good Friday service is designed to enable a multi-sensory experience of worship that allows the
congregation to engage with the passion narrative through sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. As
such, it is fairly involved, with a lot of moving pieces and a fair amount of infrastructure to prepare.
But in our experience at St. Jacobs, the payoff in depth of experience and engagement in the story is
significant. Something happens for people as we bring our bodies as well as our minds and hearts
The service itself moves through a fairly traditional narrative framework, following the story of Jesus’ passion and death through readings from the gospel of John. Hymns and music are interspersed, and can be modified according to your congregation’s musical preferences and gifts.
The unique aspects of this service come in a variety of opportunities for multi-sensory experience, along with a series of “sensory meditations” that invite hands-on reflection.
This service is built around a series of images from Canadian artist William Kurelek. They are taken from a much larger series of artwork collected in his book The Passion of the Christ. A series of thumbnail images (for preview purposes) can be downloaded here. You will need to secure permission from the Niagara Falls Art Gallery, who holds the rights to these images. (They have thus far been happy to grant this.) Once secured, CommonWord can provide you with the PowerPoint file.
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