Good Friday 2013

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Join us on March 29 at 7:00 p.m. for contemplative worship, communion and prayer at our Good Friday service. Child care for children 5 and under will be provided, but please RSVP so we can staff appropriately. Our Easter Weekend services will be held at their regular times of 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

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March 31, 2013

just wondering what does the symbolism of the good friday cross and ribbon mean??

April 1, 2013

Been trying to come to that answer after reading this question..

But to see the white cloth (and there being many interpretations associated with a white “ribbon”) coupled with the stark contrasted blood of Christ at the bottom of the cross…I’m assuming it’s a symbol of the ultimate Peace that came with the shedding of Christ’s blood.

Again…just a hunch, but maybe I’m close!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter my friend!
Alexis A.

April 3, 2013

My hunch would be that like the Cross & Flame Symbol of “The Methodist Church”, the two different elements here are being used to primarily symbolize “The Crucifixion” – i.e. The Cross, and the loose Ribbon/Bandage element – i.e. “The Resurrection”. In the Methodist case, the flames are the Holy Spirit. It’s then inter-twinning that I find interesting though in that, it is obviously reminiscent of the “Serpent in the Wilderness” symbol that was held up by Moses.

Numbers 21:9 – “So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.”
And of course – “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up” John 3:14 Which was a descriptive event/symbol that Nicodemus could clearly understand when Jesus was discussing with him about the necessity of being “Born Again”.

It’s the inter-twinning with The Cross that’s most significant for me. The two flames of The Methodist symbol supposed was meant to represent the merger in 1968 of two denominations: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. There has been some debate over the centuries as to whether the burial cloth used for Jesus was a more like a blanket or more like swaddling bandages. Ultimately, I’m not sure that it really matters but the fusion of the two is like saying the Crucifixion and the Resurrection are synonymously empowering events that changed the world forever! Looks good to me! Awesome!

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