Love was the theme of our Good Friday Blues services this year and those who came really did show God and us the love in so many ways. Both nights were sold out to enthusiastic congregations that sang, clapped (on 2&4!) prayed, cheered and gave.
I was moved by the number of people who nailed their blues to the cross and was grateful to hear from a few folks as to how meaningful that was. Thanks to Art Janzen, Laureen Andreas and Marlene Friesen for helping people at the cross and for being available to pray with folks.
Several people also mentioned their appreciation for the original poem by Adam Roper and the sermon delivered by John Dawson. Our thanks to both of them for contributing in such a powerful way.
What really “blue” us away was the response to Cyrus Centre. Good friends of ours offered to match all donations up to $2500 and when folks heard that, they responded! Over the two nights, we brought in $4080 in donations (matching cheque included) – that doesn’t include the ticket money, which was over $1000 – so we reached our fundraising goal as well. WOW!
After all the song-choosing, reading-finding, long rehearsals and stressing over whether or not it would sell out – we have to say that it was worth it. I (Angelika) personally want to thank the band members for their hard work and dedication to this event. Half the band plays in other bands and take time out from that experience to give to this for which I am so grateful. It’s just such a wonderful experience to share a stage with such accomplished musicians who are so passionate about these services. Thanks Aaron, Benita, Byron, Chris, Daniel, La Vern, and Steve. Thanks to Matthew Janzen for being an awesome sound guy.
We also want to thank Lando again for opening up his sacred space at House of James. He and his wife do a good thing in Abbotsford with their little shop – show them some love, support them with your business, buy local!
And finally, thanks be to God, for the gift of Jesus, for loving your creation and never giving up on us.
Here’s a few more pics of the evening, courtesy of Al Friesen.
April 2,3, 2015 – Good Friday 4.0? We’ll see!