Local churches are coming together this Lenten season to offer prayer and fellowship.
The Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association has been hosting Lenten Lunches, which are held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday during lent, for numerous years during Lent.
“It’s a good Lenten practice to add prayer to our daily routine,” the Rev. Patrick Sloneker, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, said. “This is a good way to add prayer and fellowship.”
The Lenten season kicked off Feb. 22 with Ash Wednesday and will continue through to Easter, which is April 8.
The theme to this year’s Lenten Lunches is “The Seven Words to the Cross,” and this includes words spoken to Jesus as he died on the cross.
Sloneker said this is a creative approach to “The Seven Last Words of Jesus.”
Each week, a different church and reverend will be hosting the lecture and luncheon to follow. This Wednesday, the Rev. Mark Bauer, of St. Marks Lutheran Church, and Rev. Joy Miller, of Trinity Lutheran Church, are set to speak on one of the seven words to the cross — “Come Down From the Cross.” The lunch will be prepared by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, of Moulton.
The Rev. Steve Nelson, of First English Lutheran Church, plans to discuss “He Saved Others, He Cannot Save Himself” on March 7. Church of the Nazarene with First English Lutheran Church will be hosting the luncheon.
Salem United Methodist’s the Rev. Shawn Morris is scheduled to address “Jesus, Remember Me” on March 14. Salem United Methodist Church will be preparing the luncheon.
“This Man is Calling Elijah” will be the featured talk given by the R.J. Davis, of First United Methodist Church on March 21, and First United Methodist Church will be sponsoring the lunch.
The Rev. Adrian Sunday, of Buckland United Church of Christ, plans to give a talk on “Save Yourself and Us” on March 28. Buckland United Church of Christ, along with St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, of Glynwood, and the Wapakoneta Family YMCA will be hosting the luncheon.
On April 4, the Rev. Becky Sunday, of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, plans to talk about the topic of “If You Are the King of Jews, Save Yourself.” St. Paul United Church of Christ will be sponsoring the luncheon.
On Good Friday, the Rev. Ward Lewis, of Church of the Nazarene, will speak at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on “Truly This Man Was God’s Son.” This is a special location, with no luncheon to follow.
The luncheons are free and open to the public.