Good Friday

good fridayLYNDON- Today is Friday, but it's Good Friday. It's a day for people to celebrate and recognize what Jesus did for us. The Lyndonville United Methodist Church is once again holding another Good Friday Service for the public."Today is Good Friday which is a day that we recognize that Jesus was crucified and tonight we will be remembering and telling that story, what happened and what it means." Said Jim Proctor Pastor of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church.


Most of the people that Pastor Proctor see are one with the church and it's unusual to see people outside the church that are just curious.
"Most of the people that come to the Good Friday Service are folks who are already a part of the life of the church. Pretty rare to get someone who comes in just to kind of check it out, who doesn't know what it's about for that particular service."

Proctor think's the word celebrate is a bit odd, him and the people of the church use today as more of a remembrance of Jesus.
"They come to remember, it might be strange to say celebrate. As I like to say Good Friday is good news for us and bad news for Jesus, and we do celebrate what he did for us what he accomplished for us." Proctor went on to say.

This year the church is holding a tenebrae service, tenebrae is Latin for shadows. What the service includes is people will participate in readings from the Bible. They will start the readings in a room lit by only candles, and after a reading is finished a candle will be blown out. Once all the readings are finished the whole room will be completely dark and the service will be finished. Proctor says the tenebrae service is where they take some time to focus on the darkness and that blowing out the candles will brings the meaning out.

"It recognizes that as much as we call it Good Friday, it is also a very dark day. When God sent his son Jesus to save the world, love the world, to heal the world, to forgive the world, and the world killed him. So that's a pretty dark thing."

Proctor also gave a small take on what Jesus and God mean to the world.

"Jesus is called the savior, and there's a savior because we need saving. It's a strange strange way to save the world, to provide for the forgiveness of sin for the entire world. The love of God displayed for everyone human being whoever is or was to die. But it's a substitute, Jesus died in our place so by his death we might have life."

He then went on to talk about Easter Sunday and it was only the beginning.
"On Easter we recognize that his death was not the end of the story. That there's this remarkable thing that actually happened in human history." Proctor went on to say.

In the conversation Proctor went really deep into the big question about if Jesus actually rose from the dead and if us people will meet God and Jesus once we are done here on earth.

"He became alive again, for 40 days he met with those who knew him and proclaimed victory over the greatest of all humans ills and fears and that's death itself. It said I'm the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except for me, but through me you can have life. Beautiful, healed, forgiven, saved in this life. And the presence of God with all the other people who trust and love God for all eternity."

"I don't know anything better than that, that's Christmas and Fourth of July and every holiday there ever was all wrapped up into one great big celebration. Proctor said.

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