Lenten services start Friday

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

By DAWN CRIBBS

Associate Editor

The Red Willow County Ministerial Association will present the annual Community Lenten services beginning Friday, 12:05 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 212 East E Street.

The annual series provides an opportunity for people in the community to gather each Friday for a brief lesson about the last week of Christ's earthly ministry followed by a time of fellowship during the luncheon which follows the service. The downtown location and time are designed to allow business owners and their employees to attend and still return to work in a timely manner. The Rev. Steve Bales and the congregation at First Congregational Church are hosting the 2007 series "The Ins and Outs of the Trial."

Several area pastors will present the homilies and the Ladies Ministry from the preaching minister's home church will provide the luncheon.

A free will offering is accepted each week at the entrance to the sanctuary to support the ministry of the ministerial association through the year. A second offering will be accepted at the entrance to the fellowship hall to help offset the cost of the food prepared.

The Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman of Memorial United Methodist Church will present the first lesson, Friday, Feb. 23, using Scripture from John 18:28-32. Other speakers are:

Friday, March 2, The Rev. Sam Williams from St. Alban's Episcopal Church, John 18:33-38a;

Friday, March 9, the Rev. Emmanuel Reinbold from the First Church of the Nazarene, John 18:38b-19:3

Friday, March 16, the Rev. Clark Bates from McCook Christian Church, John 19:4-7

Friday, March 23, the Rev. Allan Jackson from First Baptist Church, John 19:8-12

Friday, March 30, the Rev. Gary Brethour, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, John 19:13-16

The Good Friday service April 6 will include the traditional reading of The Passion of our Lord from the Gospel of John.

There is no luncheon served on Good Friday.

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