Today was our community Good Friday service. It was nice to see the various churches and denominations in our community coming together to worship Jesus Christ. The event was arranged by the Phelps County Ministerial Association. The Methodist Church in Holdrege hosted the event. The call to worship was given by one of the pastors of the Evangelical Free church in town. Scripture reading was done by the Lutherans and Assemblies of God. The Baptist minister preached and the benediction was offered by the Episcopal minister. The pastor of the Presbyterian church was present, but didn’t have an official role in this service and the Catholic priest was out of town.
In attendance were people from all the denominations. Several of us ministers gathered afterwards at the back of the sanctuary and one commented that it was good to see all the family together like a family reunion.
As I sat in the service, listening to a choir (ecumenical group) sing, a sense of the enormity of what Christ did on the cross washed over me. As I gazed at the front of the sanctuary it seemed, superimposed over the pipe organ and beaten bronze cross, I could see an image of what took place that day. My skin crawled at what we all had caused to be necessary. I bowed my head and once again begged God’s forgiveness for my sins and thanked Him for his grace and mercy.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.