The First Baptist Church of Highland Park was packed with people and praise during a Good Friday service in which pastors from seven area congregations preached “The Seven Last Cries of Christ,” that was based on the biblical account of the words Jesus spoke when he died on the Cross.
“Today we revisit Calvary and think about the enormous sacrifice that was made by Jesus in order that we might enjoy eternal life,” said Rev. Henry P. Davis, the Landover church’s pastor. The service was one of the many events held around the region on Good Friday.
Rev. Anthony G. Maclin, pastor of the Sanctuary at Kingdom Square, was one of seven pastors who spoke Friday afternoon. Maclin preached a sermon titled “I am thirsty,” which is taken from John 19:28, which states: “Jesus knew that his mission was now finished and to fulfill Scripture he said ‘I am thirsty.’”
“We have come too far to turn back now. Look at somebody and say stay thirsty,” boomed Maclin as people jumped to their feet and shouted. “I heard the savior say, he that hunger and thirst after righteousness, he shall be filled.”
On Thursday evening, several hundred people gathered at the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge in the District for a “Maundy Thursday Feast.” There masons and women, members of the Eastern Star, had a communion service and dined on lamb in remembrance of the Passover meal that Jesus had before he was arrested.
Rev. Desire Grogan, associate pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, spoke. Music music was rendered by “The Emerald Gospel Singers,” of Washington DC and Deacon Albert Sam, the 91-year-old lead singer of the group.
“Lord help us to continue to celebrate this strategic meal in Jesus passion toward Calvary,” Grogan prayed. “Let us prepare our hearts and minds to rediscover the importance of this meal in the grand scheme of God’s plan of salvation because no matter how many times we celebrate this meal, God has something new for us to understand.”
While Grogan preached Sam and the Emeralds had the last word.
“I see a man standing by Jordan and I believe he is waiting for me,” said Sam, as he led a call and response with his brothers, who were dressed in black suits and red ties. “I see a man standing by Jordan and I believe he is waiting for me. ”