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An Hour by the Cross

February 25, 2018

So, we’ve waved our Palm crosses on the Sunday before Easter Day. 

We’ve perhaps been to the midweek Eucharist three days later and  heard a Bible reading of some of the events that took place during the  early part of that week before Easter.


If we’ve been to the Agape on the  evening of Maundy Thursday, we might have heard the closing words  of that celebration which tell us that after the meal, Jesus and his disciples sang a hymn and went out of the upper room to go up the  Mount of Olives. 

If Easter Day is the next time we meet in church, then we’ve missed  the whole point of this very special time in the church’s year. None of  us like to face things that are unpleasant, things that make us uncomfortable, things that include injustice, cruelty, inhumanity, great pain  and a lingering terrible death. These are the thoughts and feelings that  go with the events we remember on Good Friday but if we didn’t have 
Good Friday, then we wouldn’t have Easter Day. No amount of chocolate eggs and baby rabbits can make up for what Easter Day really celebrates.


To fully enter into this, we hold a special service on Good Friday, an hour by the Cross. We follow the events in the life of Jesus from the Thursday evening to mid-afternoon on Friday. We listen to  the story and reflect on its meaning for us today. We have music and  quiet time, readings and prayer – just one hour of our precious time to prepare us for the celebration of the Day of Resurrection. Do come at 


2-00p.m. and make your Easter extra special this year. 

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