I have often mentioned from the pulpit that Pearce’s beautiful, traditional Christmas Eve services are among my favorite of the entire year. I must add, however, that Pearce’s Good Friday service is pretty high on the list, even though it stands in great contrast to the Christmas Eve service. I appreciate the quiet, somber reflection that so permeates worship services on Good Friday.
At Pearce, our Good Friday is in the tradition of a Tenebrae service. Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness.” This service ends in silence and complete darkness, symbolic of the moment Jesus died on the cross.
I find this service prepares me for Easter morning and makes the shout of “He is risen!” all the more meaningful and celebratory.
I hope you’ll join us at 7pm this Friday.
This Saturday, our evening worship service will take on a special somberness as we gather and remember the day that Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death. This day after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday has historically been known as Easter Eve or Black Saturday in the Christian tradition.
Here at Pearce, our regular 5pm Saturday service will focus on the waiting and wondering that must have characterized the original disciple’s experience in the aftermath of Jesus’s crucifixion.
Dr. Dan Barta, Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at Roberts, will serve as the music minister for this special hour.
C. S. Lewis once called the story of the Jesus’s resurrection “the strangest story of all.” He went on to explain what he meant: “Something perfectly new in the history of the universe had happened. Christ had defeated death. The door which had always been locked had for the very first time been forced open.”
No question that Easter celebrates a “strange story,” but it is also fantastically wonderful!
I hope you’ll join us on Easter for one of our worship services, either at 9am or 10:30am. Marvel with us at the wondrous “door” that has been forced open by Jesus’s resurrection!