Saturday, 30 March 2013

Good Friday in Bedford

It was good to join several hundred other Christian believers in the centre of Bedford yesterday for an open air Good Friday service. The musicality and the energy of the worship band was extraordinary. The worship leader particularly had a wonderfully exuberant stage presence. I admit I was expecting a more reflective style.

Of course it is not easy, nor even desirable for Christians to behave as though Easter morning never happened. Thus to sing on Good Friday about the cross without a note of triumph is always going to be a challenge, since Christ did conquer death and did rise to a new life just 3 days later. But, and it's a big but, we must learn to praise God in differing shades and capture differing moods. Neither life nor Christian life is always upbeat, and neither is it 'always winter and never Christmas', but it is joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, hope and disappointment , and that is why the hymn book God has give us at the centre of the Bible (the Psalms) is so important to gauge the balance of our worship. I reflected on this last month when talking about the importance of lament.

Christians are not one-dimensional. We must learn to be 'faithful dispensers of the magnificently varied grace of God' (1 Peter 4.10 JB Phillips translation).
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