Portland News

April 19, 2019

Good Friday Service

The Good Friday service was a special time of remembering Christ’s sacrifice, featuring touching music, Scripture readings, a personal testimony, and inspiring message. The service opened with the orchestra playing “Jesus Paid it All” and “What Wondrous Love Is This?” Then Clark Wolfe read Luke 22:7-16, which relates how Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples on the eve of His death. Following this, the choir and accompaniment orchestra performed “Here at Your Table” with Diana Lambert as soloist. The song relates the beautiful irony of Jesus serving His servants at the Last Supper, saying, “Here where You serve us, and here where You feed us, it’s here that our time with You is the sweetest. Towel in hand, God serving man, here at Your table.”

After prayer, John Musgrave read the account of Jesus praying in Gethsemane from Mark 14:26-36. A male trio sang “Ten Thousand Angels,” and then Jeff Yellott (pictured above) shared an extended version of his testimony. He told how he was introduced to the Gospel by his godly grandmother, and in his late teens he read some Gospel literature she had given him. After a simple prayer, he felt God come into his life and knew he was washed clean. However, after becoming a young father, he decided to turn away from God. Though he was gone for about ten years, he thought about returning to the Lord daily. Finally, one day he told God he was sorry for having turned away, and God saved him again. Brother Jeff said he is thankful for the weight of sin that lifted that day, and that in the twenty years since, he has never had a problem that was too big for God to help him get through.

Chet King gave the evening message, starting with Matthew 26:40-50. He mentioned the load of sin that was lifted from Brother Jeff and pointed out that Jesus took that load for him. Brother Chet recounted how Jesus suffered alone, giving everything He had to buy our salvation, and closed by encouraging everyone to receive that salvation while the opportunity is still available. The service ended with the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” and a time of prayer.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.