Urbana and Mechanicsburg Churches Unite to Offer Holy Week Services

Reverend Ray Branstiter of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Reverend Kazy Blocher Hinds of the First Presbyterian Church and Reverend Derrick Fetz of the Episcopal Churches of Champaign County met Thursday to plan the Good Friday community service scheduled for noon.

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Holy Week, the week when Christians observe Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper and his crucifixion leading to his resurrection, will be observed with a spirit of Christian unity as churches walk together toward the cross. All services are open to the public.

On Maundy Thursday (April 14), Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church and Our Savior’s Episcopal Church will commemorate the Lord’s First Supper with music, a theatrical reading and communion (open to all) as part of a simple meal. This hour-long service begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be hosted by Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church located at 50 North Main Street in Mechanicsburg.

Several services are planned for Good Friday:

– Noon: A community service, scheduled at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, will be held at First Presbyterian Church located at 116 West Court Street in Urbana and will include a dramatic reading of the crucifixion incorporating verses from the African-American spiritual “Were You There when they crucified my Lord? », Bible readings, meditative hymns and communion (open to all). The First Presbyterian Church, Epiphany Episcopal Church, and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Messiah co-sponsor this service and are supported by the Champaign County Ministerial Association.

– 6:00 p.m. The Church of the Nazarene located at 1999 East State Route 29 will host a Tenebrae service with worship songs and scripture passages about Christ’s crucifixion. This service is supported by the Champaign County Ministerial Association.

– 6:30 p.m. In Mechanicsburg, the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, located at 56 Main Street South, will host the Good Friday Community Service. Offered in conjunction with The United Methodist Church of Mechanicsburg, the act of worship will include meditative hymns, a dramatic reading of the crucifixion incorporating verses from “Were you there when they crucified my Lord? and prayers at the foot of the cross.

Reverend Ray Branstiter of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Reverend Kazy Blocher Hinds of the First Presbyterian Church and Reverend Derrick Fetz of the Episcopal Churches of Champaign County met Thursday to plan the Good Friday community service scheduled for noon.

Info from Reverend Derrick Fetz.

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