Led by Pastor Eric Hullstrom and Mary Kaye Owen, Musician
Tonight, we take up position at the cross of Jesus as he suffers and dies for sinner. As we do so, we will hear his seven last words/phrases from the cross that speak grace to us as God's plan of reconciliation unfolds. You will hear scripture and have moments for silent reflection and prayer. The service ends in silence and resumes on Sunday with Easter.
Some explanation of the closing of worship tonight: [Following the 7th word]
Exit of the Candle*
The Strepitus Silence
Re-entry of the Candle
John 1:1-5; 9-14
The Lord’s Prayer
Silence for reflection
Worship to be continued on Sunday...
*As the congregation watches in silence, the Eternal Light of Christ is taken out to signify what appears to be God’s silence and death’s victory over Jesus on the cross. The silence is broken by the “strepitus” (a large harsh noise) which represents the slamming of the large stone over the entrance to Jesus’ tomb and the earthquake that occurred at the time of His death. The Eternal Light is returned, reminding us that although evil has its moment, the light of God’s love shines eternal. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:57), that death is defeated by Christ in His glorious resurrection!
“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)