As we move into April, millions of Christians around the globe are preparing their hearts to celebrate Easter. It’s a natural time in the Christian calendar for a season of reflection and celebration of the empty tomb. Now, depending on your church tradition, such Holy Week celebration can take on a wide variety of forms. But for me, the joy of Easter morning finds its deepest meaning when I fully comprehend the weight of Jesus’ suffering on the previous days. Resurrection Sunday seems brighter after the darkness of Good Friday.
For the past 3 years at REALITY, I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to share with our church family one of my fondest childhood memories- a Service of Darkness. For those who have never had the chance to experience a Good Friday service, let me explain. In its essence, this hour long service is a chance to tell the story- the story about Jesus. Using candles, I will retell the events of Jesus’ birth, life, and earthly ministry leading up to his final moments on the cross. As people come to join Jesus and His ministry, more and more candles will be lit. And then, as people turn and walk away, all the candles will be extinguished. Concluding with His final words on the cross, the service will end, the “Jesus” candle will be put out, and the service will end in darkness and silence.
Come join us at either 6:00 PM or 7:30 PM to remember the life and death of our Savior. Childcare will be provided downstairs for ages birth-5 years old. Trust me, it’s a story that will forever change your celebration of Easter.