Good Friday Service: The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus Christ

Come Good Friday, there will be some Good Preaching.

That’s when local congregations will gather together for a special program called the “Seven Last Sayings of Jesus Christ.”

The program, sponsored by the African-American Council of Christian Clergy (AACCC), will be held this Friday, March 29, at two locations: Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville and St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in Orlando.

Starting at noon, somewhere in between the worship and praise, seven preachers at each location will share scriptures on events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the words he uttered from the cross.

This type of program has been held for many years and is well attended, organizers say. It started at Macedonia, where Willie C Barnes is the pastor. When extra chairs, the balcony and the overflow room filled up, a second location was later selected: St. Mark, where Terence Gray is the Pastor.

This year, the AACCC (led by its president, Pastor Larry G. Mills), added an outreach piece to the Good Friday program:  The organization is collecting non-perishable food items for those in need, especially children within the Orange County School District. Organizers said this is a joint effort with the school district’s superintendent, Barbara Jenkins.

Anyone wanting to take part in the food drive can bring non-perishable items to each church on Good Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, call Macedonia: (407) 647-0010 or St. Mark: (407) 422-6941.

© Orlando Community News, 2013

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