Good Friday is indeed a momentous day in the salvation plan of God for all mankind.
The day is normally celebrated with much reflection and thanks as a cornerstone of the Christian belief. For the congregations of Belmont Park, Eikendal and Scottsdene the celebration of this day had special significance in 2018 as District Apostle J Kriel served the three congregations for the first time in his current ministry.
The preparation of the congregations was evident as the church building was filled by many for more than an hour before the start of the service. The special gathering was enhanced with musical renditions by the choirs, orchestra and organ; all contributing to the intention of remembering the sacrifice of Jesus, and prepared the waiting congregation for the festive word.
The Bible word for the divine service was taken from John 19: 30, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” As part of the festive occasion arrangements for the day, a Bible reading from Luke 23:13–25 was also rendered. Apostle Thompson and Bishop Kotze were also called to serve.
The effect of this spiritual feast will remain with all for a long time to come.