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PASTOR'S CORNER by Rev At arilyn Tucker Marek Ii .e Email church calendar news to Diane Ghdewell at news@mymcrnet by Monday at 10 a.m. Church information is published free of charge as space pern'llitl. I " his week Christians observe the Jesus' dead body lay in an empty tomb. ~pinnacle of our church calendar. The disciples thought it was over. The With Palm Sunday just past, religious leaders thought they had bought ,~ Maundy Thursday, Good Frida~ peace with the price of thirty pieces of sil- and Easter Sunday lie just ahead, ver and one man's life. Rome thought they On Palm Sunday we recall the story of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But unlike the Roman processions of the day, everything about Jesus' entry proclaimed him a king with a very different kind of kingdom. Instead of soldiers, Jesus' pro- cession had disciples. Instead of swords and spears Jesus' followers carried leafy branches and strew his way with their cloaks. Instead of a war horse or chariot, Jesus road a humble donkey. Instead of crying "hail Caesar," Jesus' disciples cried, "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord:' But by Maundy Thursday, the crowds that had welcomed him were being turned against him. As Jesus met with his dis- ciples in an upper room to celebrate the Passover, remembering the story in which God led the Hebrew people out of the bondage of Egypt and into the Promised Land, religious leaders plotted with one of his disciples to have Jesus arrested and executed. "Maundy" comes from the Latin word which means "commandment" for as Jesus shared the first communion with his dis- ciples, giving them the bread and the cup, he said, "Do this in remembrance of me:' By noon on Good Friday Jesus was crucified with common criminals, his disciples scattered or standing by helpless to stop it. Judas, one of the twelve disciples, betrayed Jesus. qqae religious leaders of his day, who feared Rome more than God, tried Jesus. Rome, an Empire that did not understand his kingship represented not an open rebellion but a complete inversion of power, executed Jesus. And by sundown REV. MARILYN TUCKER-MAREK had prevented a bloody insurrection. But then, on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb. They went to anoint his body and perform one last ser- vice for their Teacher and Lord. But instead of a sealed'tomb and body beginning to decay they found the stone rolled back, the tomb empty and angels proclaim- ing the resurrection saying, "He is not here. He is risen!" On Easter Sunday we greet one another with the words, "Christ is risen!" and we respond, "He is risen indeed!" We speak in the present tense, though the mystifying and awe-inspiring event happened almost two millennia ago. And with our simple present-tense greetings we proclaim the foundation of our faith. God did nnt I,~t human sin or mortality get the last word. God does the completely unexpected. God answers violence with peace, fear with love, and death with life. So this Easter, consider changing your greeting from, "Happy Easter!" to "Christ is risen!" and share the response, "He is risen indeed!" Let your voice proclaim not just the holiday, the date, the season, but the most.fundamental Christian hope we have: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Rev. Marilyn Tucker-Marek is pastor of Forsyth Presbyterian Church, 63 North Jackson Street. The Pastor's Corner is sponsored by the Monroe County Ministe- rial Association, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Road, Forsyth. Rock Springs Christian Academy March Star Students are: left to right, front, Abigail Hutchins and Carsen Hill; second row: Nicholas Chapko, Blake Boatwright, Gracie Moss, Banks Reeves, Blakelee Milam: third row, Kiwi Joyce, Phoebe Davis, Mary Beth Pope, Bella Pearson, Madison Epps; back, McKenzie Sexton and Caleb Wells. Not pictured: Amelia Sexton. April 17-19 Kynette UMC has Good Friday ser- Union Hill Missionary Baptist has vice Re~al,Kvnette United Methodist Church 266 MLK Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church invites Jr, Dr Forsyth w present the Seven Last everyone .to its annual Spring Revival Words of Jesu~ Christ from the Cross of Wednesday-Friday, April 17-19. Prayer ser- Calx~ary on Frday, Apr 19 at 7 p.m. All are vice w t beg n w th the M ss on and Worn- wekome. Re~. Dr. Clarence E Thrower Jr. is Bethel Baptist Church Barnesville. Baptist Rps 2019 April 18 Pastor Henry D. Leonard, and Wrights Mln~teri~l Ass~. presents ~ng Last Grove Bap~ist Church. 3056 Old Alabama Supper Highway, Forsyth wi host Resurrection 2019 Forsym United Methodist Church will aresent on Friday, April 19 and Sunday, April 21 The Living Last Supper On Thursday, April with the theme "Follow Me " The Friday 18 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Holy Week Night Fire Worship Experience will begin at Services sponsored by the Monroe County 7 p.m and the guest wil be Kelvin Bryant, Ministerial Association This musical drama pastor of Faith Walkers Church, Birmingham, ~s meant to oresem a rue oicture of the Alabama. On Resurrection Sunday begin- Last Supper. which was a celebration of the ning at 10 a.m. Pastor Leonard will bring the Passover Feast. AI are invited ro this worshia message followed by a program presented experience as we remember and celebrate from the Grove Gang and other youths of the love and sacrifice of Our Savio- Jesus the community. All are invited. Christ. The service will be held c the main sanctuary and a nursery s provided. Forsyth April 21 UMC is located at 68 W Johnston St. across New Provkletl~l~ Baptist holds Ea~l'l~ from the post office. New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 April 18, 25, 26, 27, 28 Highway 41 South, Smarr invites everyone Pow~rl~:m~ Al~stolk Church of to celebrate Easter, the day that changed Promise has Pastor Appreciation everything. There will be a Sunrise Service, S~ rain or shine, at 7 a.m. and services at 8:30 Powerhouse Apostolic Church of Pro'm- a.m. and 11 a.m. For "more information, call Jse, 3659 Brownlee Road, Forsyth invites 478-994-2545 or visit www.npbcsmarnorg/ everyone to the Appreciation Services for Easter. its Pastor, Bishop Robert H. Jackson, and First Lady Josephine Jackson on April 18 (7:30 p.m.), April 25 (8 p.m.), April 26 (7:30 p.m.), April 27 (2:30 p.m.) & April 28 (4 p.m.). April 18-21 St. Mary, Mother of God Holy Week Schedule St, Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church, 359 Old Griffin Road, Jackson will have Holy Week services On Holy Thursday, April 18 the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be at 3 p.m Rosary at 3:20 p.m Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m Holy Hour of Reparation at 8 p.m, On Good Fridayl April 19 the Lbst Seven Words of Jesus will be at 12 noon, Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:30 p.m; Rosary at 4 p.m Passion of the Lord at 7 p.m. On Hdy Saturday, April 20 the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at3 p.m Ro- saiy at 3:20 pm~ Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 p,ml Oh Easter SUnday, April 2t Rosary will beat 8:30 a ;i Mass at 9 alm Easter Egg Hunt atlO a.m Mass at 1t a.m.i Chaplet of DiVine Mercy at 3 p.m. April "I9 Cross will be Good Friday evlmlng ~: New Providence Baptist Church and Mount Zion United Methodist Church will again hold a Cross Walk on Good Friday. It will begin at New ProvidenCe Baptist, 2560 Highway 41 South, Smarr at 5:30 p.m. and proceed toward Mt. Zion UMC, 40 Rumble Road. All are invited to join the walk or line the route. Monroe County Ministerial Assa~ has Good Friday services Monroe County MinJ erial Associdtion will sponsor a service on Good Friday, April 19 at Christ United Methodist Church, 417 N. Frontage Rd Forsyth. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bethany Baptist has Community Crosswalk Community Crosswalk beginning at the church at 12 noon on Friday, April 19. For more information call (~,78) 974~0002. Powerhouse Apostolic Chu~ Promise holds Easter Powerhouse Apostolic Church of Promise; 3659 Brownlee Road, Forsyth invites e~ery~ one to celebrate the death, burial and msur- rection of our Lord and SaVior, Jesus Ch~Jsi on Easter Sunday, April 21. Services wiii be:: : held at 7 a,m, and 11 alml Willia~ Chapel A.M:E: has E~r Sunrise .Service Easter Sunrise Services Williams Chapel Ion Road, ForSyth ~n Easter SOnday:~ r~Brr~ Jng~ April 2] ai6 a~m Re~. Tekre Bro~dr. Youth Minister at Covenant Life GOthedral Church, Macon will be the gueO ~iniS- ter. The public is Resurrection Worship Serv ces B?eBkfasf~ ~il] be served. First Baptist ~th has Easter ser- vices First Baptist Church of Forsyth, 95 West Morse Street, will have Easter services on Sunday, April 21:9 a.m traditional service, 11 a.m. contemporary service; Sunday School at 10 a.m Everyone's invited. Orange Grove Bapt~t h~s ~ morning Orange Grove Baptist Church, Highway 74, Culloden will have Easter Sunday mornihg worship service on April 21 at 9 a.m. Mt. Gilead Baptist has Family & Friends Day All are invited to worship with Pastor McArthur Childs and the Mt. Gilead Bapti Church family, 2703 Boxankle Rd, Forsyth during Family & Friends Day on Easter Suw day, April 21 at 11 a.m. Bethany Baptist has Sunrise Service, Easter Cantata Bethany Baptist, 365 Pea Ridge Rd.; Bohngbroke will have a Sunrise Service o~ Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 a.m. "This is Go~ an Easter Cantata featuring the Bethany Baptist Church Adult Choir, will be Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m. For more information call (478) 974-0002. Ministerial Association presents Living Last Supper Forsyth United Method- ist Church will present The Living Last Supper on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Holy Week Services sponsored by the Monroe County Ministerial Association. This musical drama is meant to present a true picture of the Last Supper, which was a celebration of the Passover Feast. It incorporates the Da Vinci painting as a model for the set and each dis- ciple one by one speaks about his relationship with Jesus. The anthems sung by the choir portray the emotion and spirit of the events in the Biblical Story. The service concludes with the invitation to the congregation to come to the communion table and be se ed by Jesus and the disciples. All are invited to this worship experience as we remember and celebrate the love and sacrifice of Our Savior, Jesus Christ. The service will be held in the main sanctuary and a nursery is provided. Forsyth UMC is located at 68 W Johnston St. across from the post office. q Lee smith 994 1666 Men - Fri 10 to 7 Unless Playing Golf FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME A name that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements 26 Brentwood Place Forsyth 994-6483 994-6576 6O S "Servicing Each Family With Equal Respect" Voted Boarding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive Aftcr Hrs. & Emergency Jackson St. Forsyth, GA 478-994-4986 2014 Best Veterinarian by readers of the Reporter )