Holy Week services, one of the city's most cherished Easter traditions, will be held through Good Friday at Jasper First United Methodist Church. Different local churches and their …
Holy Week services, one of the city's most cherished Easter traditions, will be held through Good Friday at Jasper First United Methodist Church.
Different local churches and their congregations have joined together for the event each year at this time.
"It's the community Holy Week services that have been going on for many, many years," said Rev. Alan Beasley of Jasper FUMC. "We have five different people preaching during the week. They will provide musicians with the special music."
The services will be held from 12:05-12:30 p.m., followed by a free lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church. "Many churches go together to provide that each day," he said.
While there is no charge for the meal, donations are collected that go to the J.A.M.E.S. ministry, which provides help to community people in need, Beasley said.
"We will have a representative group from each local group that participates throughout the week," Beasley said. "It's been going on so long that it is just known in the community. We have people just come because they come every year. They may or may not be related to any of the churches."
He said the services are well attended, with the downstairs area of the historic church usually filled at all the services under the church's art glass dome. The church building is approaching the 100th anniversary of its 1921 dedication.
Dr. Lloyd Stilley, the senior pastor of Jasper's First Baptist Church, spoke on Monday. The rest of the week's schedule is as follows: Scott Pierce, the pastor from First Presbyterian Church of Jasper, on Tuesday; Greg Tinker, the minister of Saragossa Church of the Nazarene, on Wednesday; Rev. Robin H. Hinkle, the Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, on Thursday and Beasley on Friday.
"Additionally, on Friday, the Bevill State Community College Choir does a pre-service concert and then does special music during the service that day as well," Beasley said. "On Friday, Bevill will start singing at 11:45 a.m."
The meals for the week, as scheduled, will include lasagna, salad and garlic bread on Monday; soup and sandwiches on Tuesday; sandwiches and sub sandwiches on Thursday; sandwiches and salads on Thursday; and chicken alfredo on Friday, he said.
The services will concentrate on preparing for the death and resurrection of Christ, Beasley said. "Generally the preachers will pick a theme related to what Christ was going through after He entered Jerusalem, and somewhat related to that particular day. That's a little hard sometimes, but they try to make it relevant to the day. But all of it is pointing to the sacrificial death of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and then the resurrection on Easter Sunday."
Beasley noted the services are designed to get business people in and out. The services are designed to be 25 minutes, which he said leads into great fellowship during the meal.
"We try to provide it so if you are working and you have the 12 o'clock hour for lunch that you can get here, participate in the service and then we let those people go through the line first so they can eat and get back to work at 1 p.m. We work hard at that," he said.
Anyone wanting more information may call the church at 205-387-2111 or go to the church website at www.jasperfirstumc.com.