Our worship at the Good Friday evening service at 7 PM will again be organized around Jesus’ Seven Last Words. There are two different ways that people can participate in leading that worship: either reflecting on one of Jesus’ Last Words (Michael can help you prepare your reflection; just ask him for any help you need); or you — either singularly or in a grouping can offer a musical reflection (Holly can help you prepare your musical offering; just ask her for any help you need.
The spoken and musical offerings for this service do not have to be very long fancy. They tend to be just a few minutes. And more important than that they sound like a sermon or something Holly or the choir would perform is that they are authentic — both from your heart and for God in witness to Jesus’ suffering and faithfulness.
There is also a quieter service that day in the afternoon, from 12 noon until 3 PM, the traditional time when Jesus is remembered to have been on the cross. It’s a simple service, wherein those present slowly read through the passion narratives in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. People come and go as their schedules or needs demand. They can sit quietly in the pews; pray; or sharing in the reading of Scripture. This service is open to anyone who wishes to join us.
The 7 PM service — with its contributions from lay members of our community — is built around the following verses:
Luke 23:34– “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Luke 23:43– “This day you shall be with me in Paradise.”
John 19:26– “Woman, behold you son.”
Mark 15:34– “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
John 19:28– “I thirst.”
John 19:30– “It is finished.”
Luke 23:46– “Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”
If you want to offer a reflection — spoken or musical, please let Michael know.