While much of eastern Canada is digging out from its latest snow storm, there’s a storm of a different kind brewing in Abbotsford, BC. The Good Friday Blues Band is back in rehearsals preparing for this year’s Good Friday Blues Services, which will be held at the House of James in March. This year’s services are planned around the theme of “Storm Comin'” – come back on Ash Wednesday to learn more about that!
Last year’s service seemed to take Abbotsford by storm – it was so popular that we had to turn more than 60 people away at the door. That’s why there are two services this year, on Maundy Thursday (March 28) and Good Friday (March 29), both starting at 7:30 pm. To keep track of how many are coming, $5 tickets are being sold at House of James with all the proceeds benefiting Cyrus Centre, a local ministry that works with street entrenched youth.
None of the band members are paid for doing this. This is something we are doing out of our love for God, our love for the community and our love for the blues. We are so grateful to Lando Klassen and his commitment to making his space available for events like this and we’re really happy that we can support Cyrus Centre this year.
The services will be similar to last year’s including the opportunity to nail your ‘blues’ onto a cross and to receive prayer. There will be readings and prayers and a sermon delivered by actor John Dawson. New this year will be a spoken word piece presented by poet Olivia Sharpe. There’s some new faces to the band this year too – check out the band page to get a look at us.
So the Storm is Comin’ people… Jesus knew this as he went to the cross and he did it anyway. That’s what we’re celebrating with these services. We hope you’ll join us.