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.