Local churches to host Good Friday service
Annual service to be held April 18 at First Baptist Church in Cassville
Each year, pastors of Cassville Ministerial Alliance band together for a Community Good Friday service, and this year's will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18 at First Baptist Church.
Danny Huepel, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, said the Good Friday service is a good way for area churches to get together for worship.
"We've been doing this for a long time," he said. "We used to do an Easter service, but some churches like to do their own sunrise services, so we went to the Good Friday service. It's a great way to bring the community together and celebrate the Lord and what he's done."
This year's service will feature a video opening, music from J.R. Day and Carol House, readings of scripture, a presentation by Jennifer Evans, a message from First Baptist Pastor James Weaver and a closing song.
"It's an awesome thing that we can get together and all be on the same page for something," Huepel said.
Andy Lambel, pastor of First United Methodist in Cassville, said he also enjoys all the churches participating in one service.
"It's nice to cross the denominational lines every once in a while," he said.
Huepel said on average, about 150 to 200 people attend the Good Friday service, but attendance numbers also depend greatly on the size of the host church.
"There will probably be more than that this year because the service is at First Baptist Church," he said.
Huepel said this year's service will also be different from years past, as each pastor will not take the lectern.
"We've done things in the past to try to involve each pastor, but we've all been around for a while, so there are no egos," he said. "We're here for the cause and not for the recognition."
Lambel said it's always exciting to bring the churches together because it allows members of the community to interact with one another in a different setting.
"Everybody knows everybody, they just don't all worship together," he said. "It's about the fellowship with other people you know in town but don't worship with, and it is neat to see someone in a different setting."
Huepel said the Cassville Ministerial Alliance is also trying to host more events this year, other than only the traditional Good Friday and Thanksgiving services.
"We're trying to do other things now, like the Back-to-School Bash and Kindness in Action, where we go out into the community and serve the people."
Pastors of churches participating in the Good Friday service this week include: Huepel; Lambel; Johnna Curry, pastor of Spiritual Streams Fellowship in Cassville; Tom Thomas, pastor of First Christian in Cassville; James Weaver, pastor of First Baptist Church; David Samuel, pastor of St. Thomas á Becket Episcopal Church; Robert Day, pastor of First Assembly of God in Cassville; Dallas LaCaze, pastor of The Point Baptist Church in Cassville; and Bob Holmes, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Cassville.