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Good Friday Service

  • Central Lutheran Church 512 S Bernard St Spokane, WA USA (map)

We, who are both saints and sinners, kneel before the cross today and hear it speaking to us as both verdict and promise. It is true: each of us is guilty of our participation in the world’s suffering. We, each bearing the image and likeness of God in our very skin, do not respect that image in one another, much less the world we inhabit, God’s good garden.

We do not respect God’s creations—one another, or the world we live in. We put one another on the crosses at which Jesus now joins us. We must admit this or there is no need for the salvation Christ brings. We must admit we are in bondage to these patterns of human violence and environmental degradation before we can be liberated from them.

This is the promise of Good Friday: we will be liberated from these crosses—the ones we hang on and the ones on which we hang one another. These crosses, at once symbols of the divisions between us and a symbol of the end to all divisions, promise that God will not abandon us in our suffering. God comes to us just like this, just as we are, but God does not leave us this way. This is the cross—evidence of our sin, and sign of God’s love.

Join us as we continue the three-day observance of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

Earlier Event: April 18
Maundy Thursday Service
Later Event: April 19
Faure Requiem Concert