Pike County Ecumenical Holy week services
The public is invited to several community services for Easter Week in Louisiana and Southern Pike County sponsored by the Louisiana Ministerial Alliance and the Inter-church Council of Southern Pike County.
On Thursday, March 28, there will be a special service at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 517 South Carolina Street in Louisiana.
The service observes the Thursday immediately preceding Easter sometimes referred to as Holy Thursday. It is observed in commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus.
Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called communion. At this service, communion will be offered. Leading the service will be the Rev. David Machon of the First Christian Church.
Joanna Brock, organist at Clarksville United Methodist and Centenary United Methodist Churches, will be accompanying an ecumenical choir, while Linda Shade, choir director at First Christian Church, will direct the group of vocalists from local churches.
The story of this season will be told with very emotional vocal and instrumental music. This somber service will end with members of the congregation leaving in silence and reverence. For more information, please call 573-754-5557 or 573-754-4412.
In Clarksville a similar service will be held at the Clarksville Christian Church at 7 p.m. and led by the Rev. Al Boatman. The church is located at 500 South 2nd Street in Clarksville. For more information, please call 573-754-0338.
Good Friday services commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary will be observed on March 29 at the Elmwood Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. The Rev. Terry Cook will lead the service.
The church is located at 106 South 30th Street. In Clarksville a similar service will be held at Paynesville AME Church at 6 p.m. with a light supper at 5 p.m.
Following a long tradition in Louisiana, an Easter sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31 and it is open to everyone in the community.
A change in that tradition will be in holding the service in the gazebo area at the riverfront for the first time. There will be limited seating available, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. There will be plenty of room for parking.
A continental breakfast will be offered at the First Baptist Church for all those who attended the service.
The Rev. Don Kelley, who is currently serving as the transitional pastor at First Baptist Church of Louisiana, will be bringing the message. His wife, Becki Kelley, will lead the singing. Also participating in the service will be the Rev. Terry Cook, the Rev. Pat Glenn, the Rev. John Lersch, and the Rev. Jeanne Webdell.
In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Louisiana, located at 608 South Carolina Street. For questions, please call 573-754-4412.
In Southern Pike County, there will be early morning services on Easter Sunday at Annada Christian Church at 6:30 a.m. and at Ramsey Creek Baptist Church at 7:45 a.m. Breakfast follows at both churches.
Other Easter services will be held at local churches at various times and people should check with individual churches about the times their worship services begin.