Five south Charlotte churches will join denominations to celebrate Maundy Thursday on April 21.
Living Savior Lutheran Church, Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Sharon United Methodist Church and Sharon Presbyterian Church will have a joint Maundy Thursday Communion service at 12:15 p.m. at Sharon Presbyterian to commemorate the Last Supper before Easter Sunday.
These south Charlotte church members have been collaborating for more than 30 years on a community Lent worship series. Every Thursday during Lent, the churches meet for a 30-minute service in the chapel of Sharon Presbyterian. The pastors rotate who will lead the worship service throughout the month.
Quail Hollow Presbyterian pastor the Rev. Dr. Augustus Succop III said, "South Charlotte continues to be a place where one may be just one face among many. Our desire is to connect people with people and with a community of faith."
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Before the Maundy Thursday service, women from Sharon Presbyterian will prepare a light lunch in the gym, commemorating those who have less.
"The Lent worship series provides a meaningful opportunity for our area churches to come together in worship, crossing denominational lines and affirming our unity in Christ, as we prepare for our joyful celebrations of Easter," said Ron Nelson, associate pastor of Sharon Presbyterian Church. "The services are open to everyone, offering an opportunity for spiritual enrichment for those who work and live in the SouthPark area."
Succop, who will lead the Maundy Thursday service, has participated in the community Lent services for 18 years. He described Maundy Thursday as "the day of Holy Week when Christians remember the time Christ washed the disciples' feet and showed them how to live a servant-like life." The sacrament of Holy Communion also will be celebrated.
During the past 30 years, in addition to the Lent services, the five congregations have built three Habitat houses; hosted a community Thanksgiving service at alternating churches; and attended Lessons & Carols worship service at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church every New Year on Epiphany, on Jan. 6.