Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
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Throughout this Lenten season, we have been learning to walk in vulnerability as Jesus did throughout His ministry on earth, knowing that this humble opening of our hearts can be a powerful tool in drawing others to the light and love of Christ. Tonight we remember the profound agony experienced by Jesus in His death on the Cross, and the overwhelming darkness of sorrow as Jesus surrenders His life in the ultimate expression of obedient vulnerability.
In the final hours of His earthly time, as Jesus hung on the Cross, He made seven statements – each teaching us more about Jesus and His character. These are from four Gospel accounts, and are known as Jesus’ seven last words.
This year, Huntsville First will offer an experiential, rather than participatory, worship encounter on the evening of Good Friday at 6:30pm in the historical sanctuary. Choral expressions of Jesus’ final moments will be accompanied by readings of the ancient story through scripture, somber prayer, and reflection.
We invite both the community and family of Huntsville First to bring family and friends to participate in this opportunity to enter submersion in the grief of Jesus’ death and the darkness that appeared to prevail as the Light of Christ was temporarily snuffed out.