Date: April 15, 2022

Bible Text: Luke 23:1-54 |

On this day we mark the most solemn events of the Christian year: the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was the day humanity brought its worst down upon the one who brought God's best to them. Frederick Beuchner wrote in his book Telling the Truth that before the gospel can be good news, it must be bad news. So on this day we acknowledge the bad news, that human rebellion against God led to the torture and execution of God's Son, and that we still participate in that rebellion by our own choices against God's way of righteousness, mercy, and grace. The good news comes in Jesus' nonviolent self sacrifice, submitting to our worst, so that he might overcome the power of sin and death, and we might live a new life. We invite you to join us for a Good Friday Tenebrae Service tonight. "Tenebrae" means shadows, darkness, or gloom. During the service will read the passion narrative from Luke's gospel, extinguishing candles as we go. It can be a very solemn and meaningful experience. Of course, that isn't the end of the story; it will continue on Sunday morning. But as Beuchner reminds us, let's not get ahead of ourselves. First, by God's grace, we must face our gloom.

Thanks to Rev. Molly Douthett, pastor, Furnace Mountain Presbyterian Church, and our music director Donald K. Burgess, and our hymn leader Jeff Bean for their leadership in the service.