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Thursday, April 19, 1984-KINGS MOUNTAIN HERALD-Page 1C
BY HARWOOD SMITH JR.
God Is Why Friday Is ‘Good’
It is the most gruesome and
grisly day in the history of the
world and yet we call it
‘good’-Good Friday. Were we
not so used to hearing it called
that we might think it was some
kind of a sick joke, mightn’t we?
What, after all, is good about
a brutal execution? Three men
killed in one of the most painful
ways imaginable: tied to a beam
and left to dangle until they died
of exposure..and one of
them...one of them nailed on.
Sharp metal spikes piercing
hands and feet, tearing flesh as
he is lifted upright. Excruciating
pain as the cross is dropped,
central figure, the one singled
out for such special cruelty, was
no ordinary man. This was the
love of the gracious God who
made us...the incarnate Son of
God who gives us all that we
have and all that we are. This
was the Holy God-head come in
flesh to reach out to us and save
us...and we did this to him, to
Good!!'What is good about
that terrible act of rebellious in-
gratitude? And of course the
answer is, nothing! Nothing
about our paricipation in Good
Friday is good. But fortunately
someone else was involved in
tion, “What is good about Good
Friday?” is “Why God is! God is
Good!” That’s what’s good
about Good Friday, God is, just
as the name probably originally
signified, for to the best of our
knowledge Good Friday is pro-
bably derived from the phrase
God’s Friday just as our much
used “good-by” is derived from
“God be with you.”
No! What we did on Good
Friday was not good at all. But!,
what we did is not the whole
story of Good Friday. There in
the midst of that awful scene
there was also God, the gracious
creator, the loving Savior, doing
spare us the pain that we
And so Good Friday is good.
It is good for those who know
they have no other hope than
the goodness of God...it is good
for those who rely on that
goodness and in gratitude allow
it to penetrate and change their
lives, making them new people
in Christ; people who, in joyful
appreciation, let the goodness of
God flow through them into the
life of the world. For this is a
world that very much needs all
the goodness, all the love and all
the mercy it can get.
mournful bent. Altars will be
stripped, crosses draped in black.
This above all days in the Chris-
' tian year is a penitential day!
God’s son on this day so many
years ago was stripped and whip-
ped and hung upon a cross!
That is not good. That
bespeaks the evil of our sin. We
should be penitent and know the
sorrow of our crime! But we
must also remember that the
“Good” God was there that day
too and so it is also, always, a
day of hope as well. A day to
look past the sin and death, to
God’s victory over the cross, to
Sunrise Service Slated
For KM Community
Easter Sunrise Services will be
held Easter Sunday morning,
April 22, at 6 a.m. in Memorial
Park of Mountain Rest
The service is sponsored by
the Kings Mountain Ministerial
Ministers of the community
will lead the service which is
open to all interested citizens.
Rev. George Simmons, pastor
of East Gold Street Wesleyan
Church, will deliver the sermon.
Rev. Charles Davenport,
pastor of Long Creek
Presbyterian Church, will give
REV. GEORGE SIMMONS
Special Services Slated
At First Presbyterian
Special Holy Week services
are scheduled Thursday and Fri-
day at First Presbyterian
A ‘Maundy Thursday Com-
munion service will be held
Thursday at 7:30 p.m., led by
Rev. Eric Faust, pastor.
The scripture lessons will
come from Psalm 89, Exodus
12:1-14, I Corinthians 11:23-26 °
and John 13:1-5.
. The sermon topic will be “The
The church’s annual Tenebrae
(The Darkness of Sin) Service
will be Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Old Testament lesson will
come from Isaiah 53:4-9 and the
Passion Story of Christ from
Mark Chapters 14 and 15 will be
the New Testament lessons.
Special musical selections will
include “Go To Dark
Gethsemane”, “Rock of Ages”,
“O Come and Mourn”, “Ah Ho-
ly Jesus”, “Old Rugged Cross”,
“Were You There”, and “O
Sacred Head Now Wounded.”
Soloists will be Randy Patterson
- and Andy Neisler.
Tenebrae, the service of
shadows, has been part of the
Christian Church since the
eighth century. Some sources tell
of the tradition as early as the
‘The service moves from light
to darkness. It is a service of the
gospel narrative of the Passion
of Jesus. Candles are used to
symbolize the agony that the sin
of mankind caused Jesus to en-
dure. The candles snuffed one by
one reminds the worshipers of
the flight of the disciples. The
total darkness tells of the death
The public is invited to attend.
Communion And Sunrise
Services Planned At Dixon
Special Holy Week services
are scheduled Thursday and
Sunday at Dixon Presbyterian
A Maundy Thursday Com-
munion Service will be held
Thursday at 7:30 and an Easter
Sunrise Service will be held Sun-
day at 6 a.m.
Rev. Graham Wood, pastor,’
will lead both services.
Following the Sunrise Service,
breakfast will be served in the
church fellowship hall.
9:45 and morning worship at 11
am. Special music during the
worship service will be led by
Nancy Hughes, music director.
Also during the worship hour,
the One Great Hour of Sharing
Easter offering will be taken.
The offering benefits the hungry
of the world and persons facing
crisis situations. Individual wor-
shipers will have the opportunity
to designate a part or all of their
offering to help Tornado victims
the invocation, Rev. Jesse
Bailey, pastor of Macedonia
Baptist Church, will lead the
responsive reading, and Rev.
Dewey Smith, pastor of Galilee
United Methodist Church, will
read the scripture.
Rev. Kenneth Looney, pastor
of Kings Mountain Church of
God and president of the Kings
Mountain Ministerial Associa-
tion, will give the welcome.
Rev. Allen Jolley, minister of
music at First Baptist Church,
will lead special music.
Dr. Joel Jenkins, pastor of
First Baptist Church, will pro-
CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Methodists are celebrating this year the 200th an-
niversary and Kings Mountain's Central United Methodist Church, pictured. is joining in the
KM’s Central Methodist
“For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoev-
er believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.”’
— John 3:16
Celebrates 110th Birthday
Central United Methodist
Church, 110 years old, is joining
other members of their
denomination in celebrating the
church’s 200th birthday this
In the early days of the
Methodist Church here, a circuit
riding preacher visited in the
homes of the few members and
ministered to their spiritual
Known as the Shelby Circuit,
Central Methodist Church was
grouped with El Bethel, Beulah-
Concord, and at times other
small churches and preaching
services were held once a month.
In 1881, with the minister, the
Rev. J. T. Abernathy, Central
Methodist Church became a part
of the Kings Mountain Circuit.
The church historian reported
that in the midst of struggle and
progress, in the heart of the
Carolina ‘Industrial Piedmont,
the year 1874 was a year of note
for the organization and state
chartering of the city of Kings
Mountain and for the organiza-
tion of Central Methodist
Church by the Rev. J.W. North,
a native South Carolinian, who
served as pastor of the Shelby
In the early part of 1874, 1. W.
Garrett and family, Richard
Garrett and family, and Captain
and Mrs. R. S. Sugg and Bennett
R. Willeford came from
Edgecomb county to make their
home in the sparsely settled
Kings Mountain.They bought
property and erected store
buildings. The Garretts also
bought large tracts of nearby
Being of the Methodist faith,
these newcomers attended ser-
vices at El Bethel, the nearest
church of that denomination.
Since they were establishing per-
manent homes they saw the
necessity for a church in their
immediate locality. Other
members were soon added to the
group of early worshipers.
Though small in numbers the
members overcame many
obstacles and soon completed
their church, a one room frame
building which stood on the cor-
ner of Piedmont Avenue and
Mountain Street. This served as
a place of worship for 30 years or
more.During the ministry of
Rev. J. W. Winkler the con-
gregation began discussing long-
range building plans. The years
since has seen a spirit of progress
which has included the elimina-
tion of indebtedness for a hand-
some educational building and
after that the dismantling of the
old sanctuary on July 4,1966
and the completion of the new
sanctuary in 1967.
Bill Russell, a member of the
local congregation, calling atten-
& thudding into the hole dug to Good Friday’s events and that in and through all of that terri- the resurrection...our Lord’s, and
3 Pastor, hold it! was God himself; the good and ble, spiteful, rebellious brutality, by God’s grace, our own.
0 St. Matthew's Lutheran Good!!! What is good about faithful and forgiving creator of his own great healing and restor- Our churches will continue.to
; Church that terrible scene? And then heaven and earth and of us! ing thing! Jesus on that cross commemorate Good Friday
0 there is the realization that this And so the answer to the ques- bore the pain that we inflicted to with services of a sad and Have a “Good” Friday!
tion to the local history of the
Methodists, said that early
pioneers, and those that follow-
ed, wanted their souls’ tent-
stakes driven firmly and Chris-
tian foundations laid for their
Sunday School will begin at in eastern North Carolina.
Musical Is Scheduled
Sunday At Macedonia
The Adult Choir of
Macedonia Baptist Church will
present “The Day He Wore My
Crown”, a resurrection musical
by David T. Clydesdale, Easter
Sunday during morning worship
services of the church.
“The Day He Wore My
Crown” is a beautiful expression
of the ressurection story in song.
Soloists are Kay Hambright,
David Lawing, George C. Smith
Jr., Bob Myers, Janice Glass,
Gail Smith, Sandra Gillespie and
Greg Moore. Henry Ford is nar-
The public is invited to attend.
Sunday School begins at 9:45
am. and worship service at
10:45, 15 minutes earlier than
OLD SANCTUARY - The old sanctuary of Central United Methodist Church, pictured above.
The local congregation is 110 years old.
families and future generations.
Other Methodist congrega-
tions, including Grace United
Methodist Church, El Bethel
United Methodist Church and
Galilee United Methodist
Church have roots deep in
history and these churches are
also reporting their historical
highlights in celebration of the
200th birthday of the Methodist
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