I’ve been a part of the Men’s Breakfast group at Augustana Lutheran Church for over 20 years. We meet every Friday morning at 7:00 and enjoy a hearty homemade breakfast before reading and discussing the scripture lessons that will be read during our worship service the next Sunday. We decided years ago to make Good Friday extra special, so we always invite our wives and all other women of the community to join us.
This morning my wife Sue and her friend Naomi were among the more than 30 people in attendance for this year’s Good Friday breakfast. Naomi is a professional journalist who wrote about our group 15 years ago in the “Grand Forks Herald,” and she wrote about us again today in her blog “Ruby Girl.”http://inthespirit.areavoices.com/2011/04/22/the-friday-morning-breakfast-of-champions-are-champions-of-christ/
I began the morning with the reading of Psalm 116, which was followed by Jim praying for the blessing of the food. We all enjoyed apple-oatmeal pancakes, blueberry muffins, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee while sitting around the tables which had been arranged in the shape of a cross.
After eating, Jim read the story of Christ’s Passion as told by St. Mark, while some of us regulars changed into costumes in preparation for the next portion of our program. We then entered the room dressed as Jesus’ disciples and read a dramatization that took place a few days after the crucifixion, while the disciples were hiding in fear. We followed that with singing of the hymn “Were You There?”