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April 11, 2014

Churches come together for Good Friday service

TERRE HAUTE — The spirit that brought Centenary United Methodist, Central Presbyterian and St. Stephen’s Episcopal churches together for a grand combined Sunday morning worship service called Holypalooza last August is again bringing them together on Good Friday, the remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, one of the holiest days in Christian tradition.  

The 6 p.m. ecumenical worship service in St. Stephen’s, 215 North 7th Street in downtown Terre Haute, is a quiet combination of word, prayer and music based on the traditional “Seven Last Words of Christ.” The meditative experience will last about an hour.

“The Holypalooza experience was more than a one-time event, it was a threshold into a new way of being neighbors. We need to sit in awe and to make our common prayer and witness to Good Friday,” according to the Rev. Mary Slenski, interim pastor of St. Stephen’s.

The Rev. Jimmy More, pastor of Centenary UMC, said, “John Wesley would say, ‘If your heart is right, as my heart is with your heart … then give me your hand.’ Holypalooza allowed us to experience the power of joined hands within the larger community of Christian faith.”

“Jesus, himself, prayed that all of his disciples would ‘be one,’” said the Rev. Lant Davis, pastor of Central Presbyterian. “While each Christian community has its own unique ‘flavor,’ this is an opportunity for us all to remember and demonstrate just how much we are one in Christ.”

Contact any of the three pastors for more information.

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