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A few dozen worshippers gathered at First Presbyterian Church in Goshen on Friday, March 29, 2013, for a Good Friday service. The service was sponsored by the Goshen Ministerial Association. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Pastor John Hickey reads from the Gospel of Matthew during the Good Friday service Friday, March 29, 2013. Hickey is pastor at Trinity Lutheran. The service was sponsored by the Goshen Ministerial Association and hosted by First Presbyterian Church. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Wayne Kramer reads from the order of service during the Good Friday service at First Presbyterian Church in Goshen on Friday, March 29, 2013. The service was sponsored by the Goshen Ministerial Association. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

The Rev. Anna Parkinson gives the message during the Good Friday service at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen on Friday, March 29, 2013. The service was attended by a few dozen worshippers. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Worshippers gathered at the Goshen First Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 29, 2013, to celebrate Good Friday. From right are Forrest Miller, Merle Hostetler and Gene Hollingsworth. Hostetler is the pastor at East Goshen Mennonite Church and Hollingsworth is pastor at First English Lutheran Church. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Good Friday service reflected on ‘pausing’ for Good Friday

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 29, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.

GOSHEN — A few dozen people gathered at noon Friday, March 29, to pray and reflect as a part of the Goshen Ministerial Association’s annual Good Friday service.

They remembered the biblical story of Jesus’ crucifixion through prayer, song and readings during the service at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen.

The Rev. Anna Parkinson of First Presbyterian called on those at the service to “take a few minutes to settle into Good Friday.”

“Holy Week sure is a roller coaster, isn’t it?” she asked.

Last weekend, Christians celebrated Palm Sunday, a day that excited many Jews in Jesus’ time because of his fulfilling prophecies of a coming Messiah, Parkinson said. Then, on Thursday night, Christians remembered Jesus’ arrest, and on Good Friday, his death. On Sunday, Christians will celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus.

With the celebration and excitement of the two Sunday events, Parkinson asked the congregation to take time to “pause” and fully realize Good Friday’s significance.

She explained how the Jews had been living in exile or foreign occupation in their own land for centuries, so that many saw Jesus as the leader of coming freedom. Good Friday then, she said, was “the day that hope died.”

Because “we know the rest of the story” of Jesus’ resurrection, celebrated on Easter, “we now know the truth about hope.” But at the time, the people felt lost, she said.

Parkinson urged the group to look for the people in their own lives who have lost hope. Those are the people who most need to hear of the “resurrection of hope,” she explained.

Throughout the service, local pastors from different churches led prayers and read scripture and other readings.

At the bottom of the service’s order of worship, a note stated that the day’s service continues Easter morning “at congregations throughout the city and around the world as the whole Church joins in celebrating Christ’s resurrection.”