Lenten services conclude April 12

  • Rev. Frank Cunningham reads scripture during the April 5 Lenten service at Hagood Avenue Baptist Church.

The Lenten journey to the cross continued last week with a message of Jesus being betrayed.

The April 5 service at Hagood Avenue Baptist Church was part of the annual Lenten Worship Series sponsored by the Barnwell County Ministerial Association. Rev. Frank Cunningham, pastor of Barnwell Presbyterian Church, led the service by reading the account of when Jesus took three of his disciples with him to the garden of Gethsemane to pray.

“It’s here Jesus is more human, most vulnerable and most courageous,” said Cunningham. “It’s an opportunity for us to more clearly see the son of man.”

Cunningham said Jesus was “greatly anguished” as he prayed because he knew what was to come, but he also understood that “it is not about what he wants but what God the Father wills.” He knew God’s will would lead him to the cross.

When Jesus returned from praying, he said, “The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” according to Mark 14:41-42.

Judas, one of his 12 disciples, then appeared with a crowd who had swords and clubs. The crowd was from the chief priests, scribes and elders. Judas was there to betray Jesus.

After he was seized, Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me, as you would against a robber? Every day I was with you in the temple teaching and you did not seize me; but this has taken place to fulfill the scriptures.”

The crowd then fled.

Cunningham said these verses relay a simple message: “Love God then love one another.”

The 2017 Lenten Worship Series concludes April 12 at Second Baptist Church in Barnwell with Rev. Fred Buchanan speaking on The Crucified Jesus. Lunch will be served at noon with the 30-minute service starting at 12:30 p.m.