Church Events
Thursday, April 20th, 2000
Christ UMC Good Friday
A good Friday Service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church "He Died as He Lived."
Meditation on the seven words from the cross will be given by seven lay people at the Christ United Methodist Church, 510 Central Ave., Laurel on Good Friday from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Dr. James T. Cleland tells a story that in a picturesque fashion represents what these Good Friday meditations will do:
A young man day after day, ran to church during his lunch hour, tiptoed down the central aisle to the front pew, bowed before the altar, knelt down, and for five minutes gazed at the crucifix. He rose, genuflected, again tiptoed out and took to his heels, back to work. When asked what he was doing, he said, "I look at Jesus, He looks at me. Then I go back to work."
This is what Dr. Brooks Reynolds, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, is inviting you to do, as you listen to representative lay leaders of the Community and Church share their understanding of the seven last words of Jesus from the cross. These last words simply cross the T's and dot the I's of all Jesus taught in his brief three years of ministry.
The words of the speakers are:
1st Word - "Father Forgive..." Carolyn O'Neal, editor, Sussex Countian.
2nd Word -"Today in Paradise..." Allan Cannon.
3rd Word - "Woman...Son..." Lucy Lutz, president U.M.W.
4th Word- "My God Why..." Pat Murphy, vice president Morning Star Publication Inc.
5th Word - "I Thirst..." Calvin Hearn.
6th Word - "It is Finished..." Robert Lewis
7th Word - "Into Thy Hands..." Bruce Farrelley.
"Where you there when they crucified my Lord?" will play in the background.

'He Lives!' musical drama
Laurel Wesleyan Church invites all to our Easter Musical/Drama, "He Lives!" on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. Come and join us for this very special presentation as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! The church is located at 534 E. 4th St., Laurel, (6 blocks west of Rt. 13 on Rt. 24 West). There is no admission charge. Nursery Care is provided. For information call 875-5380.

St. Philip's Episcopal
During Holy week, beginning on April 20 there will be a Passover meal at 6 p.m., followed by the Maundy Thursday service and stripping of the altar. At noon on Good Friday there will be a service observing the Stations of the Cross. At 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 23, there will be the celebration of Christ's Resurrection with the lighting of the Pascal Candle followed by the festive service of Holy Eucharist. Everyone is welcome.

Services for Holy Week
The Seaford/Bethel/Concord Charge of United Methodist Church has announced the following Holy Week services, to be conducted by the Rev. Diane Melson.
A Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 20, at 7 p.m., at Bethel United Methodist Church (near Oak Grove).
A Good Friday service will be held on April 21, at 7 p.m., at Concord United Methodist Church (Route 20A, east of Seaford).
An Easter sunrise service will also be held at Bethel U.M. Church on Sunday, April 23, at 6:30 a.m.
In addition, regular worship services will be held on Easter Sunday (9 a.m. at Concord U.M. Church, and 10:30 a.m. at Bethel U.M. Church.) All are welcome to attend these services. For more information, call the Rev. Diane Melson at 337-8525.

Asbury UMC services
Asbury United Methodist Church, Laurel-Georgetown Highway (Rt. 9), will have a service on Maundy Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. Singers: Chick and Darlene Smith. Easter Service at 8 a.m.; breakfast will follow service.
Easter Drama April 21
A free Easter Drama, "The Battle Belongs to the Lord," will be presented by Georgetown Ministers Association on Good Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the CHEER Community Center located at the intersection of Route 9 and Sand Hill Road in Georgetown. A free will offering will be accepted. Open to the public.
For more information call 856-2252 or 856-4322.

Service of Tenebrae
The Seaford Wesleyan Church, The Ark, will present a special Good Friday "Service of Tenebrae" on April 21, at 7 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Michaele Russell.
This service is an adaption of the ancient Tenebrae service dating from the 8th Century. It commemorates the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, and was originally celebrated on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week.
The literal translation of the Latin word "Tenebrae" is "Shadows." While it is sometimes portrayed as a service of shadows, in more recent years it has been presented as a ceremony progressing from light to darkness.
The church will be fully lighted with candles and lights. As candles are extinguished, they symbolize the fading loyalty of the disciples and friends of Jesus. It also portrays the fading light of the world as Christ was departing from it.
When you leave the service, the church will be in darkness except for one candle representing Christ. For more information call The Ark at 628-1020.

St. Luke's special services
As Christians prepare spiritually for the conclusion of Lent and approach Easter Sunday, members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seaford, will gather at 6 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 20, for a simple supper. The celebration of the Institution of the Holy Eucharist with the stripping of the Altar and reserving of the Sacrament will be followed with prayer vigil beginning at 8 p.m.
April 21, Good Friday Liturgy and Holy Communion will begin at noon with the reading of the Passion. Stations of the Cross will begin at 7 p.m.
Liturgy of the Word will be observed at 10 a.m. on Holy Saturday, April 22
Two services will be held on Easter Day, April 23, with the 7:45 a.m. Lighting of the Paschal Candle (Incense) followed by Easter Eucharist, beginning at 8 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist will also be observed at the 10:30 a.m. service.
Special music will be presented at each of the Easter Day services with the adult choir singing "Hallelujah! Christ Is Risen" and Virginia "Mike" Barton as organist.
The Rev. Jeanne Wise Kirby, rector of St. Luke's, extends a warm welcome to all who choose to participate in each of the above services.

Alliance Church Cantata
The Easter Cantata, "I Stand In Awe," will be presented by the choir of the Atlanta Road Alliance Church on Friday evening, April 21, at 7:30, and on Easter Sunday, April 23, at 11 a.m. The choir is under the direction of Richard Trice. For details call 629-7693. The church is located on Atlanta Road, 1-1/2 miles north of the Nylon Capitol Shopping Plaza, next to Seaford Animal Hospital.

Resurrection Sunday
Resurrection Sunday Services, April 23, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Stein Highway and Road 78 (Woodland Ferry Road), will be held at the following times:
Sunrise Service at 7 a.m.; breakfast prepared by the United Methodist Men at 7:45 a.m.; choir rehearsal, 9 a.m.; Fellowship hour, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school for all ages, 10 a.m.; traditional worship service, 11 a.m.

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