Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday (also Holy and Great Friday), and Black Friday. There are several theories regarding how this day came to be known as “good,” but many believe that it comes from a definition of “good” as “holy” or Pious.”
Regardless of the name, the day has a special focus on the execution of Jesus on a cross, and the worship service associated with that day focuses on the events of the crucifixion, and our we are connected today to that event.
The Nails of the Cross service helps participants to think about their own pride, betrayal, envy, indecision, cruelty, and hatred connects to the death of Jesus. It is a recognition that Jesus died for the sins of the world, including those practiced today. This service provides a tangible way for us to acknowledge our own sinfulness and to lay those sins at the cross of Jesus. The service also includes the opportunity to receive communion — the body and blood of Jesus — in which God’s grace is offered to us.
All are invited to join in this intentional remembrance of the death of Christ as we prepare for his resurrection on Easter Sunday.