Tonight Gateway met for our annual Good Friday Service.
As in other years, rather than a sermon, it was a time for thinking, praying, and singing about Jesus' death on the cross. The point was made that Christianity is all about events in history -- and this weekend we are celebrating those events.
Various members of the congregation read passages of Scripture, which included prophecies such as Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 and the crucifixion account in Mark 14 and the John 1 passage about why Jesus came. There was also a reading from Philip Yancey's The Jesus I Never Knew about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.
In between readings, we sang choruses and some old classic hymns. We finished off with "Softly and Tenderly."
Which is appropriate. Because didn't Jesus die to call, "O sinner, come home!"
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. -- John 1:14
It was a beautiful way to get us thinking about Jesus' death . . . and prepare us for Sunday morning.