Good Friday & Holy Saturday/Great Sabbath
Last night I had the honor of leading my church in observing Good Friday.
This is a service that I believe the mainstream church has neglected in the past or done poorly. Perhaps the reason for this is that it is the darkest day we observe of the Christian year.
It is a day of agony, suffering, destroyed hope, and tears.
On Good Friday, we mark utter devastation, and we sit in it as 5 people did at the foot of the cross without the Easter reliance we have today.
The practice of Good Friday is to sit in agony with God there, before you ever see God bring resolution to your suffering.
This not not something we do well. Our modern world seeks resolution to suffering, and if not resolution, then avoidance. Even back on the first Good Friday all but one of Jesus' disciples chose avoidance and abandoned him, even denied him.
The observation of Good Friday is meant to make the escape of resolution or avoidance impossible and to enter into misery as a community.
Gone is the Light - Gord Johnson Into the darkness we must go Gone, gone is the light Into the darkness we must go Gone, gone is the light Jesus remember me When you enter your kingdom Jesus remember me When your kingdom comes Father forgive them They know not what they do Father forgive them They know not what they do
Moving into Saturday, the initial shock is over.
Resignation and numbness set in as Jesus' followers woke up without him.
Easter Eve - Alana Levandoski It's over now And we are lost In a desert without tears Guess it wasn't what we thought Wish we could turn back the years But there's no way out of here There's no way out of here There's no way our of here It's over now So say good-bye But our mouths can't shape the words Shut your doors Don't even try 'cause no matter what your heard There's no way out of here There's no way our of here There's no way out of here Come back Please come back Wake up Please wake up 'cause there's no way out of here There's no way out of here There's no way out of here
But, as we move towards the evening of the Great Sabbath, knowing what we know now, we cannot help anticipating Easter. Thus, while tradition observed a somber service on Saturday morning, the Easter Eve service was more uplifting, anticipating what was next.