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Annual ecumenical Good Friday service is planned for April 3 at SEAS

If it is Holy Week, then it is time for a worship service that has become part of the week’s tradition among Hastings churches and worshipers.

The annual ecumenical Good Friday service, sponsored by the Hastings Ministerial Association, will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, April 3, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) Church, 2035 15th St. W. It is open to the community.

There will be at least 20 Hastings community churches participating in the services according to Hastings Ministerial Association President, the Rev. Joe Hannah of Christ’s Family Church.

“This is the one thing that we do together – serving – doing our religion – reaching out to the community,” he said.

It is not the only activity that the ministers do, Hannah stressed. It begins with monthly meetings, where the foundation has been laid.

“It’s about relationships, getting to know each other,” he said. “We look past our differences; the ecumenical service is a product of that relationship building.”

The Good Friday service is about Jesus’ journey to the cross, said Hannah.

“We will share the passion story of Jesus and the cross,” he said. “That will be include a drama in a skit presented by The Harbor Church. The picture will demonstrate the words being shared.

“We will be praying together, “ said Hannah. “We will also be doing a ‘shout-out’ about the upcoming sex-trafficking seminar (April 18, another project the Hastings Ministerial Association is sponsoring for the community).”

Special music is part of the service as well. The praise worship is by Rob Pasch of Christ’s Family Church will be leading that part of the service.

“For me, during the service, there is not a moment when I and the others are looking upwards, I feel that God is looking down smiling,” said Hannah. “The whole community is worshiping together.”

What is also “so cool” about the service, Hannah said, is that SEAS Church has opened its building for the service.

“I’m thankful they open their church,” he said. “They have the biggest house and are always so willing to do this.”

The offering collected during the service will be donated to Hastings Family Service.

Hannah looks forward to the service each year.

‘It highlights the unity we share,” he said. “It is about the relationship we have and that is real.”

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