This moving service of darkness reminds us of Christ’s great sacrifice on the cross. Two identical Good Friday services will be held at 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Crossings OKC Sanctuary on Friday, April 10, 2020.
Onsite childcare (0-3 years old) is available for the 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. service.
WHAT IS GOOD FRIDAY?
Good Friday focuses on the Passion of Christ*—Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, death and burial. Mourning, fasting, and prayer have been its focus since the early centuries of the church. It is the most somber service of the year. Church services revolve around reading the accounts of Jesus’ suffering and death. Often, services are left in darkness with only a simple cross on the altar—symbolizing Christ’s burial and the seemingly lost hope of the Jewish people.
There is some speculation as to why a day of remembering such dark and bleak events would be referred to as “good” Friday. Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save His people. As we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died, it reminds us of the human sin that caused His death, while at the same time declaring the greatness and wonder of God’s love—that He should submit to death for us.
*The term “Passion of Christ” is often mentioned during Holy Week, especially Good Friday. Though today the word “passion” has romantic connotations, it was originally derived from the Latin word passio, meaning suffering. The Passion of Christ refers to the torture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus.
ABOUT HOLY WEEK
Traditionally, the week before Easter (and the final week of Lent) is known as Holy Week. It begins on Palm Sunday and is a week of reflection on the events leading to Jesus’ death on the cross. While Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter, celebrating Christ’s resurrection and victory over death and sin.
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