Any Baptist having Good Friday Services?

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  1. brobobby

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    Is any one having a Good Friday service and what are you doing? I personally feel that most churches should have something on the day of the death of our Lord or the supposed day. Either way it should be acknowledged, It is not just another day but the day Jesus died for our sins. Please share your ideas for future Good Friday Services.
     
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    I am speaking in Buffalo this year at a Thursday Evening Pesach Seder (passover) at Grace Community Church. They are even having a full meal with it!

    Last year we did one at a large church in town on Good Friday, as the church tried to have a special service that day.

    I agree that just because the Liturgical churches make a big deal out of religious days we as ifb don't have to swing the pendulum the other way and never mention it at all! It is a time of sensitivity to the crucifixion and should be a wonderful opportunity to share the true Gospel message.
     
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    Our church at Pembroke Dock, Zion, will have a service on Good Friday in the morning, there will be a fellowship time afterwards. Sadly, I have to work on this day but one of my staff will cover for me to go to church for the service ..... I`ll have to miss the cuppa and hot crossed bun afterwards though.
     
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    Our church observes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The specifics are different every year, but I'll give you a thumbnail sketch of the way things usually work.

    Maundy Thursday is a worship experience where we hear a message upon the final discourse of Jesus from the gospel of John (usually starting somewhere around chapter 14) or hear the those chapters read along. When we have finished the teaching of the final discourse, we celebrate communion and sing a hymn (like Jesus and the disciples). Then we leave for the evening.

    On Good Friday, the mood of the worship experience is VERY somber and worshippers are instructed to enter in silence and have no unnecessary talking before during and after the worship time. We sing hymns related to the crucifixion and usually hear a brief message from the pastor related to the prayer of Jesus in John 17 or the events of his death. By the end of the message, the lights will be down much lower than the normal intensity and the pastor or music minister will tell how Jesus' lifeless body was taken off the cross, wrapped in linen and carried away to a borrowed tomb... and the disciples scattered. Then we leave.
     
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    We are showing a Children's version of the life of Christ on Friday night. Also snacks and activities. Gibson's movie is showing at our local theatre, so we wanted to have something for the children to see if the parents wanted to go to the movie.
    I can't remember the name of the Children's movie at this time, but it is shot from the view of what a child that lived in Christ time must have heard or seen, or what was important to children. It shows that Christ loves children.
     
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    We are having a "Service of Darkness" or better known as a Tenabrae Service. It is a very somber and dark service reflecting upon Christ loving death for us sinners.
     
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    We will be having a good Friday service at our church this year. We've never done this before so I don't know exactly what to expect except that we will be focusing on the death of Christ and on Easter morning of course the service will focus on the resurrection.
     
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    We are having a Good Friday service as we do every year.The focus is upon the sacrificial death of Christ and we keep this in mind through scripture reading and the hymns we sing. The message does the same. As everyone enters the church, they take a 3x5 card and write their name on it.In the front of the church we have a large wooden cross set up. After the last hymn is sung the people are instructed to remain totally silent and form a line. One by one they come to the cross, their card is taken and a nail is placed in the middle of it and it is nailed to the cross. The pounding of the hammer on the nail really echos through the sanctuary, and the effect is awsome. "Crucified with Christ"-- our sin nailed to the cross!No one says a word as they leave. Upon arriving at worship on Easter Sunday, all cards have been removed-- the cross is empty. Message received!
    We had a rather large teen-age boy dress as a Roman soldier one year, and this added to the drama.Unfortunately he went off to college and we've not found a suitable replacement.
     
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    We're having one. We've never had one before and I'm looking forward to it.
     
  10. KimS

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    We're having an evening service on that day.

    Kim
     

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