For the last few years, our Good Friday evening service — this year at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary on Friday, April 18 — has been essentially a lay led service. We’ve done the Seven Last Words of Christ, with lay people from our congregation offering their reflections on the meaning. And some of our musicians have offered their talents to this service.
It’s a quiet service, alternating through words and meditations and music — hymns, solos and instruments, that moves deliberately, respectfully through Christ’s passion and death.
The last seven sayings of Christ as recorded in Scripture are:
“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
“This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
“Woman, behold they son.” (John 19:26)
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” (Mark 15:34)
“I thirst.” (John 19:28)
“It is finished.” (John 19:30)
“Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.” (John 23:46)
If you would like to offer a meditation on one of these sayings, or if you have a musical offering that you would like to share at the Good Friday evening service, please let Michael know right away.
And join us, and bring someone who might not otherwise have a church to attend…
(There is also a Good Friday Vigil in the Sanctuary from 12 noon to 3 where the people present read through the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ passion. You may come and go as you wish. Or you may stay for the whole time.)