Ray Phillips will present the monologue "St. John, the Apostle" at Trinity United Methodist Church on Thursday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Play about Apostle John, other programs recall Jesus' death
By Melanie B. Smith
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According to the gospel of John, the "disciple whom Jesus loved" was the only one of Jesus' 12 intimate followers to stand at the foot of the cross.
Many scholars think that disciple was the writer of the gospel. Researchers say he was likely the last survivor of those 12.
A one-man show at Trinity United Methodist Church, "St. John, the Apostle," will tell the apostle's story. Music minister Ray Phillips will portray John in a 90-minute monologue.
Phillips said that he plays John as an old man still strong in spirit, looking back.
"Through his eyes we relive the moving events in which Jesus Christ changed the course of human history," Phillips said.
Tradition holds that Roman persecutors banished John in his old age to a cave on the Isle of Patmos. He was there when he experienced a vision of Christ, which he wrote about in Revelation.
Performances will be Thursday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The church is in Trinity on North Senecca Drive.
Other churches will mark Holy Week in special services such as these:
Decatur First United Methodist Church will have Bishop Joe Pennell Jr., retired Virginia Conference bishop who formerly served churches in Nashville, as speaker for a Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion at 6 p.m. He will speak on Good Friday for a noon service, followed by lunch. Lunch is $5; reservations are required by calling 355-0277.
A Maundy Thursday service will be at Decatur First Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. It is a combined service with Westminster and St. Andrew Presbyterian churches.
King's Memorial United Methodist Church will have a Holy Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m., led by Niger Woodruff and the youth group. Holy Thursday communion will be at 6:30 p.m. with the Rev. Franklin Elliott speaking. Good Friday worship will be at 6:30 p.m. with Clifford Chair speaking,
St. John's Episcopal Church will have a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. and a Good Friday service at 12:10 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Decatur First Baptist Church will have a Good Friday Service of Shadows at 6 p.m.
"Signs, Symbols and Silly Putty," a display interpreting Christ's life through flowers, will be displayed at 2202 Fleetwood Drive S.E., through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lucy McCain will conduct walk-throughs each day at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Athens First Presbyterian Church will have Holy Week community services through Friday at noon. Speakers will be: the Rev. Jimmy Bassham of Athens First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, the Rev. Terry Jackson of Athens Church of God on Thursday and the Rev. Rob Phraner of New Life Assembly of God Church on Friday. Devotionals will be in the sanctuary. Lunch will follow in the Rodgers Center. Athens First Presbyterian also will have Maundy Thursday worship at 7 p.m.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church will host the Jews for Jesus organization for a Maundy Thursday presentation at 6 p.m. "Christ Our Passover" is based on the Jewish feast. The church will have Good Friday worship at noon and 7 p.m. and Easter Vigil service Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church will offer Stations of the Cross meditations on Good Friday, noon to 7 p.m. A Tenebrae and Lord's Supper service will be at 7 p.m.
Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church will have a bilingual Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m., followed by adoration until midnight. Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be at 3 p.m. and a Celebration of the Lord's Passion with communion at 7 p.m. A celebration of the Lord's Passion in Spanish will be at 8:30 p.m. The Easter Vigil Mass will be Saturday at 8 p.m.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church will present "Lord Is It I?" drama on Holy Thursday at 7 p.m. Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. A showing of the film "The Passion of Christ" will be at 7 p.m. in the worship center.
Clements Baptist Church will present "Worthy is the Lamb" Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Athens First United Methodist Church will have a Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae at 7 p.m.
Parkview Baptist Church will have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m.
Athens First Baptist Church will have a Maundy Thursday communion service at 7 p.m. A Good Friday service noon to 12:30 p.m., followed by a sack lunch.
Athens First Christian Church will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, will have a Maundy Thursday foot-washing service with stripping of the altar at 7 p.m. A Good Friday service will be at noon.
First Christian Church, Decatur, will have a Maundy Thursday Communion service at 6 p.m.
Ninth Street United Methodist Church will have Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, each at 6:30 p.m.
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