Good Friday Worship Service
Friday, April 30, 6:30 pm
New this Year
Rev. John Arnold will be including a brief meditation called, “A Centurion’s Confession.” He will perform a monologue as the Centurion at the crucifixion who declared, “Truly this is the Son of God.” Please join us of this moving meditation.
Our Good Friday service is also known as a “Tenebrae” service. Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Originally a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.
Tenebrae is a prolonged meditation on Christ’s suffering. Readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day. As lights are extinguished, we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and death; and through the return of the small but persistent flame of the Christ candle at the conclusion of the service, we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory.
Please join us Sunday, April 1st, 11am for Easter Sunday worship, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.