The Good Friday service began with the orchestra playing “How Beautiful.” Following a prayer led by Dave Lambert, the congregation sang “Hallelujah, What a Savior,” “Lead Me to Calvary,” and “Calvary Covers It All.”
Next, the choir and orchestra presented a program of songs interspersed with narration, tracing the events of the day of Christ’s crucifixion. To open, narrator Butch Carey set the scene of the Last Supper, Jesus' last meal with His disciples before His death. The first song was “Do You Believe in Me?” with soloist Peter Moberg, followed by the choir singing “Broken for You” with Deborah Brenner as the soloist. As the powerful song “Via Dolorosa” began, the narrator described how Christ was beaten and mocked. Caleb Copko and Sarah Asaya were the featured singers in “Calvary,” which asks the thought-provoking questions: “Calvary; was it meant for Him? Was it meant for me? . . . Is that my cross He’s taking to Calvary?” After the narration related prophecies from Isaiah of how the Messiah would suffer for the salvation of mankind, the choir sang “Behold the Lamb,” and the final song was “You Are My King,” featuring Diana Lambert as soloist.
The evening message was given by Bob Downey. He opened with three words, spoken by Christ, from John 19:30, “It is finished.” Brother Bob explained that Jesus came to complete God’s plan of salvation for mankind, and He finished that work on the Cross. This is also described in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Brother Bob reminded the congregation that although Christ’s agony is painful to think about, we can rejoice in the supreme love of God that caused Him to suffer for our sake. He encouraged each one to thank God for His great plan of salvation that was paid for with the precious Blood of Christ.