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"Last Supper" drama to be performed in Holstein

Tuesday, April 8, 2003

The Last Supper Drama, directed by Karen Wulf, will be performed at the Holstein United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 17 and Friday April 18, at 7 p.m. each evening.

Communion will be served both evenings. Friday's drama will conclude with a dramatic crucifixion video scene and a solo, "Rise Again," sung by Ted Smith acting as Jesus. Debby Baillie and Tristan Gray will also sing solos during the drama accompanied by Christopher Larson. The public is invited to stay after the drama and enjoy refreshments, which will be served in the fellowship hall.

Also, visitors will experience Pastor Schlitter's Easter sermon, "What's The Big Deal About Easter?" on Sunday April 20th at 9 a.m. Both the choir and praise team will provide special music on Easter. Mark your calendars and plan to attend these meaningful Easter events at the Holstein United Methodist Church, 208 S. Kiel St. Everyone is welcome.

Why is the Last Supper an important part of Easter? Easter celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth," powerful in word and deed," who was seized and crucified by his enemies during the Passover feast in Jerusalem. When Jesus Christ entered the supper room to eat the Passover meal that last Thursday night, he was aware a dark fate was awaiting him. Powerful forces were drawn up against him ready to take his life. The disciples gave Jesus little support for they did not understand that Jesus' last days were so near. Jesus also sensed their impending betrayal of him.

What did Jesus do? Jesus acted with love and obedience. At the last supper, Jesus took bread and gave it to his disciples saying, "Take, eat, this is my body." Then Jesus took the cup and gave it to the disciples and said, "This is my blood. The blood of the new covenant to be poured out in behalf of many."

After supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray to God. Jesus did not fight when he was seized by the enemies, beaten, ridiculed and crucified on the cross. As Savior and Redeemer he gave himself unhesitatingly for the life of the world. On Easter morning he rose from the dead, appearing to his followers and assuring them of God's favor.

Each time we celebrate the sacrament of communion, we remember Jesus' unfailing love and God's sacrifice of his own son. Easter is a time for hearing the "Good News" once more and celebrating the sacraments that are signs of the power of Christ's death and resurrection. They remind us of our great journey with Christ. Once more these seasons call us to believe and recall our baptismal life.



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