Calling today, Good Friday, has always been a misnomer to me. Using the word “good” on the day in which we remember the crucifixion of Jesus never really made much sense to me. I know that there are three reasonable sounding explanations. Some suggest “good” means “holy.” Others speculate it may be a corruption of “God’s Friday.” The Oxford English Dictionary states that the adjective “good” refers to “a day or season observed as holy by the church.” We don’t use the word good in this way but in the 1300th century “good” referred to “holy, sacred.” I also read that this day is known as “the Holy and Great Friday” in the Greek liturgy, “Holy Friday” in Romance Languages and Karfreitag (Sorrowful Friday) in German.

I started thinking about how many ways we use the word good. Here is what I came up with: good-night, good-natured, my favorite — good-looking, good-for-nothing, good-humor, good-morning, good-will, good-day, good-time, no-good, good-bye, good-neighbor and good-ness. (Text me if you can think of others.)

Good-ness, I want to pause here. Because we need to both exhibit and express goodness. Goodness can be a powerful presence in the uncertainty of these anxious times.  (If I’m not mistaken goodness is a fruit of the Spirit.) Goodness involves right behavior and expresses itself in kindness toward others. Let me suggest that it is nearly impossible to think about goodness in the abstract. Goodness is known because it is expressed and experienced. It’s been said that “in Scripture goodness always involves particular ways of behaving. Because God is good, God is good to God’s people.  When people are good they embody “kindness and gentleness, love and righteous toward each other.”

Share goodness by expressing kindness and gentleness toward each other. We know how goodness impacts a hurting and broken world.

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 10:23-25
 “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Reflection Questions:
How are you expressing goodness to others?
What 3 good deeds will you offer this Easter Weekend?
Who needs your encouragement?

Prayer:
Holy God, it doesn’t feel like a good day for me or for us; there are just too many demands. Slow me down so I can be attentive to those whom you send to encourage me.  Let my love and good deeds shine your light in the gloom of this day

 

Worship Opportunities During Holy Week

Easter Lilies.  If you would like an Easter Lily you can pick one up at the church, this Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Crestwood Parking Lot (the youth house side). You can also pick up extra to deliver to folks who are not getting out.  If you would like an Easter Lily but cannot or do not want to get out, we will bring one to you.  Please call Karen at 925-0863.

Sunday we will start livingstreaming 15 minutes before the service which begins at 9:45 a.m.  Music will fill this time in preparation for Worship.

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service via livestream begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

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