Date(s) - Friday, April 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity’s solemn Good Friday Service is an emotional experience. Through the story told, as well as the words and the music, we face the dark reality that we are all in need of salvation, and unable to help ourselves. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is not God’s requirement for forgiveness–the work of an offended deity who demands blood! Jesus dies because we have chosen death–his and our own. Again and again, we reject the things that would make us holy, preferring, in rebellion, fear and stubbornness, our own way. The central act of worship is the opportunity to personally venerate the cross, allowing us each to acknowledge both our need for Christ’s sacrifice and our acceptance of his gift. The service ends in silence, echoing the silence of a world devoid of God’s mercy. This is the world we would create, the world we so often do create. Thanks be to God it is not the world God creates, for we know the last act of the story, how God’s choice of life for Jesus becomes a choice of life for us as well.