The Erwin United Methodist Church congregation will present “The Last Supper Dramatization” and Maundy Thursday Communion Service on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the church’s Family Life Center. The public is invited. There is no charge for admission; however, as seating is limited, tickets are required for admission. Call the church office at 910-897-8894 to make reservations and obtain tickets.
The presentation is based on a drama written by the Rev. Ernest K. Emurian. It was first presented on Palm Sunday, 1954, at Elm Avenue Methodist Church in Portsmouth, Va. The script was later augmented by Paul and Diana Haas of Boone. During the presentation, the apostles speak their minds in monologue to themselves, to Jesus and to the congregation. They respond after Jesus shares the tragic message: “One of you will betray me.” Each disciple tells the story of his association with Jesus, and ends their remarks asking: “Who will betray Him? Is it I?”
After each disciple has spoken, and Jesus has served them communion, an open communion will be served to the congregation attending the service. All Christians are welcome, whatever their denomination.
Everyone who wishes to partake is welcomed, including children.
Erwin UMC will hold a Good Friday Tenebrae Service on April 19 at 7 p.m. A Service of Tenebrae is an ancient Christian tradition, going back as far as the 12th century that takes place on Good Friday. The service includes an extended meditation on the passion and the seven last words of Christ our Lord. On this holy evening, one distinctive aspect of the service is that a candle is extinguished after the reading of each Scripture passage, detailing the somber events of Holy Week.
This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of the hopelessness in the world without God. The Tenebrae Service concludes in darkness. Worshipers depart in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death, and to await the coming Resurrection of the Savior.
Sunrise and traditional worship services
An Erwin community-wide Easter sunrise service with Holy Communion will be held Easter Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 a.m.
The public is invited to attend an Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service to be held in the Erwin Memorial Park Cemetery on West A and South 18th Street in Erwin at 6:30 a.m. This year’s service marks the renewal of a long standing community-wide service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Several churches are participating and the Rev. Thomas Greene, Minister of the First Baptist Church of Erwin, will share the message. Open-table Holy Communion will be served.
Bring flashlights and folding chairs, if needed. In case of rain, the service will be held in the Erwin Methodist Church Family Life Center at 600 Denim Drive in Erwin.
A traditional Easter worship service will be held in the Erwin UMC sanctuary Easter Sunday, April 21, at 11 a.m.
For questions or more information, contact Deanna Keen or the Rev. Don Mitchell, at 910-897-8894, email ErwinUMC@embarqmail.com or visit erwinumc.org.