On Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. the community of Hood River is invited to experience “The Shadow of the Cross” as presented by the Chancel Choir of Valley Christian Church under the direction of Carolyn Ternahan.
(This is a corrected date from the one in the April 12 News edition.)
The choir will lead the audience in the “service of darkness,” or Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”), which dates back to the 4th century. The service will focus on the final hours of Jesus’ life and crucifixion. The presentation is a reminder of the magnitude of God’s love; a love so great that it continues through all time and eternity.
In its original form, the cross was a tool of execution, or death, but in the eyes of faith, it symbolizes victory and life eternal. The presentation will remind everyone that in a day when the powers of evil threaten to destroy our optimism for a brighter tomorrow; the cross stands as a reminder that love is stronger than hate, and that hope prevails in times of despair. Standing in the shadow of the cross, we find comfort and courage in knowing that we can live in a future that is ultimately of God’s making.
This worship service for the whole family will include both traditional and contemporary hymns with scripture narrative and Communion.
Child care will be provided for infants through age 5.