Religion feature: Good Friday commemorates sacrifice

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Penny Bailey and Scott Henry with Central Baptist Church practice for the Easter musical the church will perform Saturday and Sunday.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Celebrating Good Friday is essential to celebrating Easter, according to Immanual Lutheran Church pastor Scott Blazek.

“It’s hard to celebrate Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, without spending time before the Calvary cross on Good Friday,” Blazek said. “We see the magnitude of God’s love and mercy and grace.”

Blazek said Good Friday represents the core of the Christian faith.

“Because we’re sinners, we could never pay the sufficient price for all of our sins so God sent his son to pay the price for us,” he said.

Jon Forrest, pastor at Faith Christian Church, said Good Friday means more than one thing for Christians.

“One, it shows how much God loves us that he gave us his son. Two, it also shows how much God hates sin because it took so much to fight that,” he said.

Forrest said that Black Friday, as Good Friday is sometimes called, is almost a more appropriate name for the day.

“It’s an oxymoron. Such a tragic thing happened, but it was a good Friday for us because someone took our place in death,” he said.

Father Ben Wright with Saint James’ Episcopal Church said the importance of Good Friday is solely in what God did for us on that day.

“The importance for us God’s immeasurable love poured out for us,” he said.

Central Baptist Church associate pastor Dick Ross said Good Friday needs more focus.

“I think too many people now just brush over it. I don’t think Easter is the time for the Easter bunny or Easter eggs. I think it’s a very important holiday for us in Christendom because it’s the day God became incarnate and died for us,” he said.

Friday
• 11 a.m., Good Friday service, Trinity Lutheran Church
• Noon, liturgy, Saint James’ Episcopal Church
• 5:30 p.m., Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance community Good Friday service, Clovis Christian Elementary School campus
• 7 p.m., Good Friday service, Trinity Lutheran Church
• 7:30 p.m., liturgy, Saint James’ Episcopal Church

Saturday

• 6 p.m., Easter musical, Central Baptist Church
• 7:30 p.m., Vigil of Easter, Trinity Lutheran Church
• 7:30 p.m., Great Vigil of Easter, Saint James Episcopal Church

Sunday
• 6 a.m., sunrise service, First Christian Church
• 8 a.m., outdoor Resurrection service, Central Christian Church
• 8 a.m., Easter service, Saint James’ Episcopal Church
• 8:30 a.m., service, Central Baptist Church
• 9:30 a.m., Easter outreach, Parkland Baptist Church
• 10:30 a.m., Easter service, Saint James Episcopal Church
• 11 a.m., Easter musical, Central Baptist Church