Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday

On holiday worship days, our church starts a half an hour later than our usual Sunday morning 9:30 am. That was a good thing today because I still had to finish making the cinnamon buns for brunch with my side of the family. In the end there was still time to spare.

Our worship service was very meaningful and beautiful. The sanctuary was darkened and candles were glowing  up at the front. Scripture was read and the Easter hymns were sung throughout the service, Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded, What Wondrous Love is This, to name a couple. Two young ladies of our congregation did some dramatic movement throughout the service and each time more of the candles were extinguished until the only candle that was lit was the Christ candle, and at the very end, it too was extinguished. It was stirring to the soul. Our pastor led us in a meditation that made us think more deeply about Christ's love and sacrifice. It was beautiful and touching -- a good reminder of the grace with which God has blessed us.

After church, we went to my parents' home for brunch. We all contribute something which makes it less busy for my mom, so that she can enjoy family time too. It was sooo nice to be able to sit outside. I think the last time we sat outside on an Easter weekend was, well I'm not sure when. I know I have photos of our children gathering eggs in the backyard with no jackets on, but the weather today was shorts type weather.

This evening was our usual pizza night and a movie. It was a nice way to spend a Friday. It was a Good Friday.


Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:17-19

8 comments:

  1. What a special way to spend the day! We drove up to our son's church and heard him preach a extra thought provoking sermon. I loved it.

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  2. Is that "The gods must be crazy" ?

    One of our family favorites.

    We had church tonight to - a Tenebrae Service. I think the boys are getting it.

    Happy Easter :D

    Julie

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  3. What a sweet time with our Father!!!! I really like your bookshelves. Looks so nice and cozy!!!

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  4. Pom Pom, I love when sermons are extra thought provoking. How neat that your son was preaching!

    Julie, that is "The gods must be crazy". We hadn't seen it in years and it was the kids first time watching it. Eye yuh yieh yuh yieh ;o), it is a funny movie. Lots of giggles were heard.

    Summur, it was a blessed day. Thank you!! My dad made the bookshelves for us from mostly salvaged materials. My mom helped me organize them one day and it does make it far more cozy now.

    Blessings all!
    Deborah

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  5. Thank you for sharing a bit of your Good Friday.

    Those bookcases are out of this world wonderful!

    Good to see your sweet family gathering.

    And I loved the Scripture.

    Happy Easter to you and yours.

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  6. Happy Easter to you and your lovely family!

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  7. Gorgeous photo! The service sounds amazing. Thanks for the description to help form a visual in my mind.

    (BTW - http://isthereabathroomonthisship.blogspot.com/ I know I said I wasn't going to, but this is totally different than what I was doing before. I need to write it all out to help sort through everything spinning in my head.)

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  8. We do homemade pizzas and movies on Sunday nights! Such fun!

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