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Seven Last Words: A Good Friday Service

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First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto will be hosting a Traditional Midday Good Friday Service and welcoming in the current Co-Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Gregory Bentley, as well as seven former and Moderators and Vice-Moderators. This is a unique experience to meet and hear the voices of leaders from our church as each takes one of the seven last words of Christ.

You will not need to download a bulletin, but the order of preachers is as follows. The service is expected to last just over an hour.

FIRST WORD: Rev. Gregory Bentley (Recorded)
(Moderator, 224th General Assembly, 2020)
Scripture: Luke 23:32-34
“Abba, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” 

SECOND WORD: Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia
(Moderator, 221st General Assembly, 2014)
Scripture: Luke 23:39-43
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

THIRD WORD: Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel
(Moderator, 214th General Assembly, 2002)
Scripture: John 19:25-27
“Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”

FOURTH WORD: Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri
(Co-Moderator, 223rd General Assembly, 2018)
Scripture: Mark 15:33-36
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

FIFTH WORD: Rev. Dr. Neal Presa
(Moderator, 220th General Assembly, 2012)
Scripture: John 19:28-29
“I am thirsty.”

SIXTH WORD: Rev. Dr. Byron Wade
(Vice-Moderator, 218th General Assembly, 2008)
Scripture: John 19:30
“It is finished.” 

SEVENTH WORD: Rev Denise Anderson (Recorded)
(Co-Moderator, 222nd General Assembly, 2016)
Scripture: Luke 23:44-46
“Abba, into your hands I commend my spirit.”