For Christians, Lent is a six-week period of religious observance through reflection and prayer leading up to Easter Sunday, the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. 

In observance of Lent, Greenwood ministers would like fellow Christians to engage in a weekly fellowship through Lenten Luncheons.

Hosted by the Greenwood-Leflore Ministerial Association, everyone is invited to gather each Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Greater Harvest Worship Center, 3801 U.S. 49 S., for a weekly lunch for five weeks.

“You bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy fellowship with people you might not otherwise have fellowship with,” said the Rev. Peter Gray of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

Gray said people can come and go as they wish. A little into the hour, Gray said, “a different message from a different pastor around the area will be given.”

Though those interested need to bring their own lunch, Gray said, the congregation of the pastor who will speak that week will provide dessert. Greater Harvest will provide refreshments.

“If you’re looking for a way to nurture your soul and prepare yourself, this is a chance to do it with a broad cross-section of the community,” Gray said.

The event is free to attend but Gray said “we do take up a collection each week for the Food Pantry.”

Bishop Earnest J. Miller of Greater Harvest is looking forward to the luncheon as well.

“I think it’s a blessing to the community and for all walks of life,” Miller said. “People come to the luncheon and races mix and we can share fellowship together.”

The luncheons aren’t only a blessing for the community but the churches as well, Miller said.

In operation for several decades, the mission of the Greenwood-Leflore Ministerial Association is “to provide monthly fellowship opportunities for ministers to host these worship opportunities, such as Lenten Lunches, a Thanksgiving service, and a service for the National Day of Prayer as well,” said the Rev. Brady Canright, pastor of First Baptist Church and president for the association.

Like Gray, Canright is looking forward to the weekly lunches.

“We’d encourage everyone to come out and be a part of this special service,” Canright said.

He also said it’s important to gather and reach out to different members of the community, including those with whom one may not be familiar, because there’s a lot of divisiveness in the country today.

“We have unity together through the blood and resurrection of Jesus,” Canright said. “There’s reason for us to join together as a community of believers to remember the sacrifice that was made for us and join together to pray as a community.”

• Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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