Saturday March 23, 2013

Community Good Friday
Ecumenical Service to be held at
Trinity Lutheran Church

Community Good Friday Service will be held Friday, March 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave. in Brattleboro. This will be an Ecumenical Service sponsored by the Brattleboro Interfaith Clergy Association. Members of the Brattleboro Interfaith Clergy Association will reflect on the Seven Last Words of Christ in 25 minute segments:

Noon, "Father, Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do" with the Rev. Cheryl Meachen, First United Methodist Church.

12:25 p.m., "Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise" with the Rev. Joseph Amico, First Congregational Church, UCC.

12:50 p.m., "Woman, Behold Your Son Š Behold Your Mother!" with Pastor Suzanne Andrews, First Baptist Church.

1:15 p.m., "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" with the Rev. Phillip Wilson, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

1:40 p.m., "I Thirst," with the Rev. Susanna Griefen, Dummerston Congregational Church, UCC.

2:05 p.m., "It is Finished" with the Rev. Fred Lucies, Retired Catholic Priest.

2:30 p.m., "Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit" with the Rev. Carra McFadden, Center Congregational Church, UCC.

Special Music includes a Community Choir under the direction of Jill Stahl Tyler. Music Director, Molly Melloan of Trinity Lutheran Church. Liturgists: The Rev. Mary Lindquist of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the Rev. Barbro Hansson of All Souls Universalist Unitarian Church, and the Rev. Sandy Daly, chairperson of Brattleboro Interfaith Clergy Assn.

Worshippers are welcome to come and go during the planned intervals. Fully handicapped accessible. North Hinsdale Community
Church to join with
Agape Christian Fellowship

Agape Christian Fellowship will be joined by Pastor Michael McCosker and parishioners of the North Hinsdale Community Church for a Good Friday Service on March 29 at 7 p.m.

"The Necessary Cross" will be a three-part presentation including music and homily which will address the subject of the legal and theological necessity of the crucifixion of Jesus, and the remarkable gift of the Son of God given to make substitutionary payment for the sins of man. Jesus, as our Vicar, submitted Himself to the shame of a Roman cross after being beaten to the point that He was not recognizable, even to those who knew Him, marched through the streets of Jerusalem, stripped naked and nailed to that cross. In doing so, Jesus satisfied every demand of the laws of a Holy God and secured salvation and eternal life to all who would believe in Him and the message about His work of atonement.

Pastor McCosker will join Pastor Michael Gantt and Pastor Bryan Gantt in presenting the truths that were fulfilled in Christ. "The Character and Nature of God," "the Law of Moses as the Expression of the Character and Nature of God," and "Christ, the Fulfillment (satisfaction) of the Law." While these may seem to be high and lofty discussions, they are necessary for men to understand if we are to grasp the full impact of Jesus’ death there. The purpose of this service is avoid the "dumbing down" of the passion story to become simply an emotional or traditional Easter ritual, but to dig deep into the powerful message that the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ holds. The Agape Christian Fellowship worship band will lead the congregation in a time of worship as the group sings many of the familiar songs of written to commemorate the Passion of Christ. The service will conclude with a service of Holy Communion led by Pastor Michael Gantt of Agape Christian Fellowship.

This service is open to the public and all are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 802-257-4069 or email office@acfellowship.net.

Vernon churches join together
for Good Friday services

A joint Good Friday service will be held Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Vernon Union Church, combining the Advent Christian Church, Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Vernon Union Church.