We gather to remember Jesus’ final acts with his disciples, hear about his betrayal and arrest, and hear the final words Jesus spoke from the cross. In some ways, it’s a difficult service to sit through because we don’t necessarily like to hear about suffering and death. But it’s a necessary service. Because we can’t get to Easter Sunday without going through Good Friday.
We’ll celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion together, just like Jesus shared the bread and the cup with his disciples. And we’ll hear the final messages Jesus spoke from the cross, those messages we’ve come to call “the seven last words” of Christ. We’ll leave that outdoor service as the sun is beginning to set, the beginning of darkness, to ponder all that we have seen and heard.