Several churches are having traditional sunrise services, and a few are having Maundy Thursday services to commemorate the Last Supper as well.
Pastor Daniel Swartz of Emmanuel Bible Church, said that the word, “Maundy,” comes from the Latin for “mandate,” or “command from.” He said that churches that celebrate Maundy Thursday use to the night before Good Friday to remember the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and the Apostles, and to reflect on Christ’s instruction to his disciples that they love one another. Swartz said the church’s Easter Sunday services would be at the normal time, with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and the service at 10:45.
Steve Spitzer, the pastor for Cadiz United Methodist Church and President of the Ministerial Association, said that his church would be participating in the Ministerial Association’s annual community sunrise service at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. The church’s regular worship service will be at 10:30 later that morning.
The Cadiz Christian Church will also participate the sunrise service at the lodge. Pastor Tom Martin said that the service would take place at 6:30 a.m. by the lodge pool if the weather permits. If it rains, it will be inside. Martin said that the service has drawn as many as 300 people in the past. He said he has been in Cadiz for 33 years, and that the Christian Church has participated as long as he can remember. He said that the tradition of sunrise services date back to the early Christian church and that it is a great way to remember the first Easter when Mary and Mary Magdalene found Jesus’ tomb empty at dawn.
The Ministerial Association will also host its annual Cross Walk, which it does every Good Friday. Anyone wishing to join should arrive at Cadiz Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on March 21. The group will walk from the Methodist Church to Cadiz Christian Church.
Martin said the Cadiz Christian Church will also have a “Tenebrae” service Thursday night at seven o’ clock. The combined Presbyterian Chapel and Christian congregations will be at the Christian Church at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The area’s Baptist churches have many events planned as well. Shari Littlejohn, the secretary for the Little River Baptist Association, said that her church, Canton Baptist, would be having a reenactment of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. Thursday. They will be having a “Son Rise” service on Easter morning. The children’s choir will sing at the service, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will follow. Sunday school will be at 10 o’clock, the regular worship service will be at 11, and the evening services will be at their regular time at 6 p.m.
Lavina Marlow, member of Hurricane Baptist Church, said they would meet on Easter Sunday from breakfast at 7 a.m., with a sunrise service following at eight. Sunday school will be at 10, with the regular worship service following at 11. There will be no evening services.
Mike Rust, the missions director for LRBA, is currently filling in as an interim pastor at Bethany Baptist Church. He said they would have a sunrise service at seven o’clock, and breakfast will be served afterward. Sunday school will be at 10, followed by the regular worship service. There will be no evening services, he said.
East Cadiz Baptist Church will also be hosting a Lord’s Supper reenactment at 7 p.m. Thursday, said Pastor Lester Watson. Sunday school will be at nine o’clock Easter Sunday with an Easter Cantata at 10. The evening service will be at six o’clock as usual.
Oak Grove Baptist Church Pastor Larry King said they would also be having an Easter Cantata at 10 a.m. Sunday. An evening service will be held at seven o’clock.
George Majors, a member of Ponderosa Baptist Church, said the church would having a sunrise service at 7:30. Sunday school will be at nine, with the regular worship service at 10 o’clock. There will be no evening services, he said.
Blue Spring Baptist Church will have Sunday school at 10 o’clock and its regular service at 11, said Pastor Patrick Yates. Evening services will be at 6:30.
Donaldson Creek Baptist Church will have Sunday school at 10 o’ clock and a service “celebrating the Ressurection and serving the Lord’s Supper,” Littlejohn said. The evening service will be at six o’clock.
To find out about any special services for any churches not mentioned in this article, call any church as listed on The Cadiz Record’s church page on 7A.