Saturday, April 8, 2023

Good Friday Worship

Friday started for me in downtown Sarasota at 6:30am catching a trolley from the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer over to the Regal Cinema for the start of the stations of the cross walk - sponsored by the Sarasota Ministerial Association. Almost 1000 people walked a mile through downtown and it was wonderful. I read part of the liturgy at station 12. 

Rev. Linda Tice - pastor of Trinity UMC Sarasota 

Rev. Don Roberts - retired UM clergy who for many years ran all of the Goodwill operations in Sarasota. 

Rev. Woody Woodward - the associate pastor from First UMC Sarasota in front of the church

This is literally around the corner from my office. 

With Rev. Dr Tom Pfaff - retired UM clergy who heads up the Sarasota Ministerial Association - we had 28 clergy from 14 different denominations participate today. 

The last station ended back at Church of the Redeemer for morning prayer. I've never seen a cross covered in this way before. 

Breakfast out with the Methodists after. 

Then I went down to Grace UMC Venice to participate as a reader in Daryl's noon Good Friday Tenebrae service. The boys came too - Wesley helped with tech in the sanctuary and Davis was a helper starting to decorate the contemporary worship space for Easter. 

With Daryl and the Grace associate Sarah - as well as the Rev. Dr. Jim McWhinnie, retired UM clergy who is a member at Grace (and he served this church many years ago). 

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