Changes for Holy Week services

By BEVERLY THOMPSON
Holy Week Coordinator

First Presbyterian Church is “navigating new waters” in the 49th year of the Holy Week Services.

These community-wide services will be held each day beginning Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10.  Due to today’s pandemic situation with the Coronovirus (COVID-19), the services will not be held at the church’s location at 92 Second Street, nor will lunch be served as in the past. These special services will premier at noon on cable’s local Grenada Channel 12, First Presbyterian Church Grenada’s Facebook page, as well as First Presbyterians You Tube Channel.

Ministers from various churches will bring the meditation each day, and various musicians from the Grenada area will be performing.

Original musical compositions will be performed by Julia Tartt, accompanied by Morris Hubbard, on Monday while Jonathan Moore will perform a song he wrote on Friday. Other musicians include Pamela Hubbard, Johnny Little and  Dusty McKibben.

Pastors who will be providing meditations for the week: John Boler, First Baptist Church;  John Goldwater,  Christ Community Church; Daniel Herring, Kevin Jackson and Bobby Vance. Opening and closing prayers will be given by Brent Barker, Emmanuel Baptist Church; Sammie Blake, Burning Bush M.B Church, Ernest Hargrove, New Life Christian Church, and Melvin Montgomery, Faith and Grace Missionary Baptist Church.

Bringing these Holy Week Services to the community this year truly was orchestrated by God. When I contacted Jeff Edwards to see if he might be  able to video the Holy Week Services,  with enthusiasm he agreed. At the first recording session, Jeff contacted Local Grenada channel to see if it would be possible to premier the Holy Week Services at the same time the services aired on First Presbyterian’s Facebook page and You Tube channel. It was agreed, and the services will also be archived so that can be seen at other times.  I have been humbled in seeing how God has worked in making these special services available to the Grenada community once again.

Under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. T. Russell Nunan, minister of First Presbyterian Church in 1971, the Holy Week Services were begun to bring all of God’s children together, regardless of denomination or race,  to  reflect upon the last week of Jesus’s  life with humbleness, to allow our minds and hearts be fixed on Jesus and what He did for us, and  to thank God for the love, mercy, and grace he has shown to mankind by allowing His son to die  on the cross so that we may have eternal life.

We invite you to join us each day during Holy Week at noon to worship our resurrected Christ!