Today is Good Friday. We call it “good”, but that description can seem out of place. On Good Friday, we remember the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus; the events we remember on this day are dark and difficult. We remember the burden that Christ bore for us and for our salvation, the weight of sin, shame, humiliation and pain that was placed on His shoulders.
We call this day “good”, despite it’s darkness and seriousness, and it is good. For all that Christ bore on this day, he bore for our sake. Each burden laid on his shoulders is one removed from our own. We follow Jesus today with an odd mixture of horror and thankfulness, sadness and relief.
Tonight we gather in worship. Our service will be modelled after a traditional “Tenebrae” service. Tenebrae is a Latin phrase which means darkness or shadows, and a tenebrae service is a journey through the darkness which Christ bore for our sake. We will be reading and reflecting on the story of Christ’s suffering, death, and burial, observing the layers of darkness or shadow He bore/p>
We invite you to join us as we follow Christ on His journey into darkness, even the darkness of death.
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May Jesus Christ
who for our sakes became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross,
keep you and strengthen you.