Good Friday

Jesus-CrucifixionWe admire people of action. We make movies about action heroes, be they fictional superheroes, laconic cops, or the crusading Erin Brockoviches of the world.

Good Friday is about the ultimate action, Jesus Christ’s work on the cross. As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane shortly before his arrest, he sought relief from the terrible work that had to be done. But once that work was underway, “He never said a mumblin’ word.” By that, we mean nothing he said could be construed as complaining or reluctance.

Today calls for a simple response from Christians. Give thanks for the work that has been done. It is the ultimate action story. In it Christ gathers us in his arms, yanking us from death’s tight grip and delivering us to eternal life. As you pray, try to come alongside Jesus as he walks to the cross. As he hangs on the cross, some ultimately run and some stay for the burial, but remain with him for as long as you can.

And remember, good action has good consequences. That’s a story for Sunday, though.

John 19


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Walking Toward Easter

1920x1200-20170416_resurrectionOur Holy Thursday and Good Friday services will be a joint effort with nearby Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 4242 Decatur Highway in Kingston. Each night, we will gather at 6 o’clock for fellowship time and 7 o’clock for worship.

Holy Thursday events will be at Shiloh Baptist.

Good Friday events will be at Luminary UMC.

And, of course, Easter is Sunday, April 21!

Luminary’s Sunrise Service will be at 7 a.m. in the cemetery behind the church, weather permitting. In the event of bad weather, we’ll move into the sanctuary.

Later in the day, we’ll have our 11 a.m. worship service, which will feature joyous music from Our Girls and the Luminary UMC choir, as well as a clear declaration of the Good News: He is risen!