GREENSBURG — On Good Friday this year, Pastor Dawn L. Barnes hopes to celebrate Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection with the community entire.
Barnes, who pastors Union Chapel United Methodist Church, St. Paul, and United Methodist Church, Burney, is part of the Community Good Friday Service Committee, which plans the annual event and coordinates with local-area churches to host it.
For Barnes, the service is a chance to bring fellow Christians together, regardless of denomination, to “focus on what we believe that’s the same, instead of focusing on our differences, which is probably what we should be focusing on all the time.”
The event is hosted at a different church in Greensburg each year, Barnes explained, and, as in other years, Barnes and her fellow organizers hope to see people of faith from all over Greensburg and Decatur County attend.
“The service starts at 12:05 p.m.,” Barnes said, “and we usually try to get finished by 12:50 p.m.”
The committee schedules the service during the middle of the day for two reasons, the pastor explained. For one, starting at 12:05 means most Decatur Countians will be on lunch; finishing at 12:50, allows people to get back to work “in plenty of time,” the pastor said.
Additionally, Barnes explained, according to scripture, Christ died at around noon, “and that’s the other significance of the timing.”
Greensburg United Methodist Church senior pastor Greg Pimlott, who sits on the Service Committee with Barnes and Father John Meyer, St. Mary’s, will be Friday’s featured speaker.
“We’re not sure who’ll provide the special music,” Barnes said “but it’ll probably be someone from St. Mary’s.”
As to the service itself, Barnes said attendees should expect an average worship service, including a time of prayer, worship and a speaker. “It’s just the normal components of an average service.”