...although its members would be the first to say all praise should be directed to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Actually, what they accomplished was to make a few changes to this community’s Holy Week services this year.
Instead of a single Good Friday service, with a crowd that’s been growing smaller and fewer churches participating, the 2014 celebration consists of five different short services (Monday through Friday) featuring different speakers each day, starting at noon.
So far, Deacon Russ Duggins from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Pastor Greg Traylor from First Baptist Church have provided thought-provoking messages on the last week, and incredible sacrifice, of Jesus on Earth.
The 20-minute worship experience has been followed by a light lunch (provided by five local churches), beginning at 12:30, hosted at a central location downtown (First United Methodist Church), so attendees are able to return to work by 1 p.m.
A freewill offering has been collected each day to benefit the Beeville Vineyard’s ministry to those most in need of assistance.
The turnout has been encouraging, involving almost a hundred Christians from several denominations, as has been the fellowship afterward, with conversation and laughter around the tables.
“We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord” comes to mind.
As Father Clayton Elder from St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (who is scheduled to bring the message Wednesday) said, “We feel this is one way to get more people and more churches involved in our community. It’s a new thing for a new day.”
Whether or not one attends any of the remaining Ministerial Alliance services, we would encourage everyone to sample the Holy Week offerings at one of the numerous houses of worship; a Good Friday remembrance, an Easter sunrise service or a night Mass.
If only more adults would regularly bring their children and grandchildren to church, giving them a solid foundation of love for God and other people and respect for life, perhaps this world would not be in its current deplorable condition.