Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 21, 2012

Churches to have joint Lenten service

ASHLAND — First United Methodist Church and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will have a joint St. Thomas Lenten Service at 6 p.m. today at First Christian, 1930 Winchester Ave.

The St. Thomas is a Protestant worship service influenced by ancient liturgical traditions, as well as by the spirit of ecumenism, said the Rev. Ike Nicholson, senior minister at First Christian. It is named after the Apostle Thomas, who seemed to have more questions than answers in his faith, he said.

The service features several stations for prayer concerns, reaffirmation of baptismal vows and anointing with oil for healing, Nicholson said. The Rev. John Street, senior minister of First United Methodist, will deliver a brief homily, and Street and Nicholson will share duties for communion.

The Rev. Larry Sivis, associate minister and minister of worship at First Christian, adapted the service for a unity celebration as the two congregations come together in observance of the Christian season of Lent, which precedes Easter.

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