As a gift to the whole synod, the staff of the Minneapolis Area Synod and Church Anew created a powerful worship service for all of us to share. Many thanks to those involved in the service:
- Welcome Message: Bishop Ann Svennungsen
- Assisting Ministers: Deanna Kim Bassett, Christ the River of Life Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; David Rojas Martinez, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis; Christine Belfrey Johnson, Christ Lutheran Church, Blaine
- Children’s Message: Brian Evans
- Citizen Artist Preacher: Presiding Elder Stacey Smith, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Fourth District
The Three Days continue with tonight’s Good Friday liturgy, which tells the story of Jesus’ Passion. Tonight we meet Jesus at the foot of the cross. As we grieve his death, we voice our lives’ laments: Asian American and Pacific Islander violence and discrimination; policing and the criminal justice system; growing economic inequality; gun violence; and COVID deaths. Even in the sorrow of this day, we trust in the resurrection promises given to us. We end tonight’s service in silence.