Approximately 90-100 people gathered at Unity Baptist Church last Wednesday for the fourth Lenten Luncheon.
The Rev. Robert Weaver of the host church extended a welcome and asked the Unity youth director, Matt Philbrick, to ask the blessing for the meal.
Following the meal, Weaver led the room in singing hymns, accompanied by his wife, Michelle Weaver, on the piano.
Weaver then introduced the speaker, Winifred “Bud” Morrison of First Christian Church.
Morrison began his talk by expressing thanks to the host church, for all who came to the luncheon, to those who prepared the food, to the host churches and to the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.
He also expressed thanks for the opportunity to speak at the Lenten Luncheon, and prayed that his talk would to bring honor and glory to His name and proceeded to give an inspirational, heartfelt message, speaking of the journey, with this year’s theme, “The Good News That Brought Christ to the Cross.”
His massage included Bible verses from John 1, Revelation 22, Mark 1, Genesis 1 and Hebrews.
He spoke of “In the Beginning” of our walk with Christ, the guidelines that God has provided for us to live in harmony with Him and relations with others, that our lives are a series of beginnings and endings.
The Good News
“On Feb. 28,” Morrison said, “we began a journey that will end March 4 that we call Lent. In penitence and contrition, we bring before God the brokenness and evil in our lives, asking for God’s forgiveness and healing.
“The good news,” he said, “is that our sins have been forgiven through the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ. The good news is, we don’t have to crucify Him again.”
The last 2015 Lenten Luncheon will be held next Wednesday at Northside Christian Church, 1835 W. Jackson St. The speaker will be the Rev. Ben Foxworth of Bethel Baptist Church.