Holy Week services will be at Calvary Episcopal
ASHLAND, Mar 31, 2012 (The Daily Independent - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Calvary Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Winchester Avenue and 14th Street in downtown Ashland, will host the Ashland Ministerial Association's annual midday Holy Week services Monday through Friday.
The services will begin at noon each day and be followed by a light lunch served by Church Women United. There is no charge for the lunch, but an offering will be taken up during the five services with proceeds being divided among CAReS, Ashland Community Kitchen and Shelter of Hope, three nonprofit agencies supported by the ministerial association.
While its members have long supported the annual Holy Week services, this will mark the first time Calvary Episcopal has hosted the services, which are in a different church each year. That's because Calvary's fellowship hall was the home of Ashland Community Kitchen until it moved into new quarters in The Neighborhood earlier this year. With free meals being served to the needy, it was impossible for Calvary to serve meals for the services.
The Rev. Garrett Bugg, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, said the Holy Week services provide "opportunities for us to practice spiritual formation as the entire Christian community. We should seize the opportunity."
The Rev. Jennifer Johnson, president of the ministerial association and associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church, said the nature of the ministerial association "is symbolic of our belief that there is one church -- the church universal. The Apostle Paul wrote that there is one body of Christ though we are many parts.
"Some people say that there are many denominations because we can't get along, but God created each person as a unique child of God with a variety of gifts and interests and likes," Johnson said. "Yes, we are different, but what we have in common is the grace we receive through the death of our Savior Jesus Christ. That is what unites us."
As always, a different minister will preach during each day of the services.
On Monday, Maj. Debbie Kingsbury of the Ashland Citadel of the Salvation Army will deliver the message, and her husband, Maj. Darrell Kingsbury, will serve as liturgist.
Stewart Schneider, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Bellefonte, will preach on Tuesday with the Rev. Harold Moore, pastor of First Baptist Church of Ashland, serving as liturgist.
Charles Shields, pastor of Ashland First Assembly of God, will preach Wednesday with Larry Sivis of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serving as liturgist.
Bugg will preach at Thursday's services, with Debbie Sivis, executive director of Shelter of Hope, serving as liturgist.
The Right Rev. Chilton R. Knudsen, a bishop in the Episcopal Church, will preach during the Good Friday services with Ron Pogue, interim pastor of Calvary Episcopal, and Johnson serving as liturgists.
The services last approximately 35 minutes giving those in attendance time to attend and have lunch in less than an hour.
JOHN CANNON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (606) 326-2549.
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