BY MARY GARRISON
Mt. Hermon M.B. Church on Mayhew Street in West Point is preparing for one of its most well-received services of the year: the Seven Last Sayings of Christ service.
Services will begin at noon Good Friday and will feature seven brief sermons by pastors from seven West Point churches. The idea, according to Mt. Hermon Pastor Tim Brinkley, is for each pastor to deliver a seven-minute interpretation on one of the last phrases of Jesus as he hung on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34), “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43), “Dear woman, here is your son” (John 19:26), “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34), “I am thirsty” (John 19:28), “It is finished” (John 19:30) and “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands” (Luke 23:46).
The event has been a long standing tradition, according to church member Robert Smith. In a statement issued to the media, the church is credited for hosting the service for almost 30 years, and serves as the culmination of Clay County Clergy Fellowship’s (CCCF) Holy Week of services.
This year’s speakers will include Robert Shamblin-Traylor, Kirby Lloyd, Quincy Patterson, James Towery, Charles Davidson, Dale Funderburg and Al Lathon.
“It’s such a spirited worship service,” Brinkley said. “I’m a preacher, so I like the way the different pastors who deliver the messages interpret the last sayings. There’s a general interpretation, but it goes way beyond that. The way the Bible is, it reaches everyone differently.”
Brinkley said the service typically lasts a little more than two hours, and offers more than just an opportunity to hear the word of God. The event provides an opportunity to invite those who have not already committed their lives to the Christian faith, Brinkley said, as following sermons the church will welcome those previously unsure to step forward and be saved.
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