ONE IN CHRIST - MAUNDY THURSDAY, 02 April 2015
One ministry of The Better Place is called “ONE IN CHRIST.” This ministry exists to bring believers together in worship, proclamation of the Gospel, and prayer to strengthen the unity of the Church.
For the second year in a row, OIC held a worship and proclamation service on Maundy Thursday – the 2nd of April 2015 – in the Jamestown Center for the Arts. This theater was filled almost to capacity; both on the floor level and in the balcony, as the grace of God in Jesus Christ and the unity of his Church was celebrated.
The welcome was given by Rev. Rick LaDue of the Kidder Memorial U. M. Church followed by the invocation which was brought by Rev. Amy Roller of First Covenant Church and Helping Hands Ministry. – A worship band comprised of people who represented a dozen different congregations of the Church led in singing and there was also a community choir made up of believers for many different congregations of the Church.
Pastor Ray Jackson of the Calvary Baptist Church introduced the theme for the evening as he read from 2 Corinthians 8:1-9. The next speaker was Rev. Dr. Mark Hanson, pastor of the Jamestown Church of the Nazarene, who preached on the topic, “God’s Love through Grace.” This was followed by a drama, “Foot Washing Then and Now,” that featured actors in costumes from the first century and also actors who represented the current western world.
Rev. Roy Ferguson, pastor of the Busti Church of God, led the communion service. Rev. Dan Soderberg from Zion Covenant Church and Director of IMPACT ministry, shared about the IMPACT ministry which is active in sixteen public schools in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Rev. Mel McGinnis, pastor at the Kiantone Congregational Church, led the taking of a special offering for use of IMPACT ministries and the upcoming assemblies with Reggie Dabbs.
Bishop Leecroft Clarke, pastor of Healing Word Ministries Church of God in Jamestown, gave the second message, “The Grace That Saves,” which flowed into a call to make a commitment to Christ.
The leader of the Community Choir was Rev. Brett Heintzman, pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Jamestown. The benediction was given by Pastor Marc Samworth from the Alliance Church in Frewsburg, NY.
Eleven different pastors who represented as many different denominations shared in the up-front leadership of this powerful gathering. Many more denominations and congregations were represented by choir members, actors in the drama and members of the worship band.
God promised that where there is unity He will command a blessing (Psalm 133) and God is certainly faithful to fulfill his promises!
This service may also be viewed in its entirety at www.PFtv.me (Click on the Archives and you will find it.) or you can also find a second video of the entire service on YouTube at