Portland News

March 30, 2018

Good Friday Service

The Good Friday service on March 29 was a poignant time of remembering the suffering of Christ as He atoned for the sins of the world. The orchestra opened the meeting with “The Old Rugged Cross” and “How Beautiful.” Then the choir joined them for “Jesus, the One and Only” with “Champion of Love.” During congregational singing time, there were more praises for Jesus in “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” and “Calvary Covers it All.”

Before the middle special, John Musgrave read Luke 22:39-48, which tell of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Then the octet, with Chris Luka as soloist, sang about that moment in the song, “Thy Will.” Brother Chris testified after the song, telling how he was once in a backslidden condition and prayed that God would help him get to a place where he could be saved. Through a series of unexpected events, God did that, and Brother Chris said that God not only forgave his sins but also set him free from the sin that had once enslaved him.

Randy Balzell sang “Because of Calvary” as the last special, and then Chet King (pictured above) gave the evening message. He read the account of what happened during the week leading up to Jesus’ death on the Cross, referencing verses in the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. As he recounted the events, Brother Chet pointed out how each aspect had a purpose in God’s great plan for the redemption of mankind. Everything Christ suffered was done in love to save lost souls who could not save themselves. The congregation was left with much to think over as the service closed with a time of prayer.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.