PHOTO GALLERY: Latta UMC Observes Maundy Thursday

By Betsy Finklea
Latta United Methodist Church held a Maundy Thursday service on April 18th to remember the final supper that Jesus shared with his disciples.
The service opened with a prelude, welcome, and a prayer recited by the congregation.
The chancel choir performed the anthem, “De Profundis.” The scripture reading was Isaiah 53:1-12 followed by the homily, “The Importance of Remembering.” The congregation sang “Crucified Redeemer.” The chancel choir performed the anthem, “The Upper Room.”
The church and sanctuary were stripped down in silence and the congregation walked to the fellowship hall where the service continued.
Several dramatic performances were presented by Corky Lane and Scott Haselden (The Upper Room: Thomas and Peter, Glenn Greene III and Rick Kopituk (The Garden: John and Judas), and Jerry Martin and Jeremiah Hayes (Afterward: Centurion and Barabbas).
The congregation had the option of foot washing. The foot washers were Rev. Mike Rouse, Beth Rouse, and Lola Haselden.
Chelsey Hayes performed the solo, “Gethsemane” and Polly Kopituk sang a solo, “The Power of the Cross.” Holy Communion was served in groups of 12 around the table to resemble the Lord’s supper.
A performance by the youth praise team of the song, “Come As You Are,” concluded the service. Team members are Christian Britt, Raney Coleman, Lola Haselden, Sophie Haselden, Austin Roberts, and Jacob Roberts.
The congregation was encouraged to go forth, pray for the church of Jesus Christ, and prepare for resurrection morning.

Photos by Betsy Finklea/The Dillon Herald
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