Maundy Thursday, a day Christians reflect on Christ's final passover with his disciples, is the date Wadena Alliance Church chose to reflect on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, in song.
While the church regularly hosts extravaganzas of some sort during Holy Week, the idea to commemorate the occasion with a musical had strong support this year.
They'll host that event, open to all, at 7 p.m.,Thursday, April 18, at the church building. Director of the event Jill Dilly said the objective of the cantata is to tell the story of redemption and help people personalize it.
"The musical walks us through Christ's persecution, death and resurrection in such an impactful way, clearly portraying a message of forgiveness, salvation, joy, and purpose," Dilly wrote in an email.
The musical performance includes numerous songs, spoken word and powerful imagery. Following the performance attendees will have an opportunity to join in communion, taking part in that "Last Supper" as Jesus did before his betrayal, arrest, and the following day, Good Friday, being crucified. The church gathers again at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Christ as do most other Christian churches in town and in the world. A special brass and choir selection will be a part of the Easter Sunday worship.
"His resurrection which we celebrate on Sunday is the reason we can have hope, peace, and victory in our own trying situations, Dilly said. "We desire to come together as a community and fellowship around this amazing plan of redemption. God is not a respecter of persons - His gift of salvation is for us all."