In lieu of our regular Sunday Sermon (due COVID-19 preventing congregational gatherings on Sunday mornings), Reverend Dr. Elizabeth Green has distributed some written thoughts on this very holy of days.
Snow and living in Isolation, make for a very strange Good Friday – more strange than in other years. Still, today is Good Friday. Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This is an important event in Christianity, as it represents the sacrifices and suffering in Jesus’ life. The crucifixion was the culmination of a number of events in Holy Week, including: the triumphal return of Jesus to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus; and the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday.
Today Lay Pastoral Visitor Aileen Van Ginkel offers Good Friday Daily Prayers and Reflection
I have also offered a video recording of an abbreviated service for today. You can see the video on our All Saints’ website in the Inspirational section … It is not the way we have observed Good Friday in years past, but I pray that it is better than nothing as we sit, wait, and watch, together in isolation, for the new life that it is to come.
My prayers are with you all on this most Holy, and Good Friday.
Be Well. Stay Safe.
With every Blessing,Elizabeth+
Daily Prayers and Reflection – offered by Aileen Van Ginkel
Scripture: “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1).
Thought: In difficult times, the Psalms can provide words to our prayers that capture where we’re at psychologically. They also help us express our faith in God’s faithfulness. In almost every psalm that contains lament or impatience – “How long, O LORD?” – we reaffirm our assurance of God’s “unfailing love” and recognize that “The LORD has heard my plea” (6:3, 4, 9).
Some commentators suggest that, when he exclaimed the first words of Psalm 22 from the cross, Jesus was signalling in shorthand the rhythm of suffering and faith demonstrated in the entire psalm. He was living out many of the verses that point to horrific punishment, especially “They have pierced my hands and feet” (16). Could it be that he was also pointing to verses like “[The LORD] has not ignored the suffering of the needy … He has listened to their cries for help” (24)?
On Good Friday, we are invited to enter deeply into the suffering voiced in Psalm 22. Living in Easter hope we know at the same time that God “has not turned and walked away” (24).
Prayer: Our hearts are deeply troubled by the suffering of many in the world today. Loving God, remind us that you heard the cries of your Son and you hear ours also.