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Mission Mississippi service set for Good Friday

The community is invited to the third annual Lincoln County Mission Mississippi prayer and praise service to be held Good Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The service alternates between historically black and historically white churches and will be held at the First United Methodist Church Brookhaven’s event center at 220 South Jackson St. behind the post office.

The service begins at 11:30 with music and a potluck lunch.

Rev. Anne Matthews, of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Brookhaven, said Lincoln County Mission Mississippi will pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of the statewide organization during the service.

Performers include Tyler Bridge and Lamar Barnes, Jamira Jackson, Macedonia Travelers, Rachel Walton, Maxine Dillon and Michael McNair.

Prayers begin at 12:15 p.m. A dozen pastors will spend four minutes each sharing prayers — Lynn Mote, Bobby Melvin, Susan Hood, L.C. Williams, Wade Walton, A.C. Herring and Eula Thadison, Kathy Carson, Rich Balkcom, Jesse Terrell, Barbara Buie and Matthews.

“The purpose of Mission Mississippi was reconciliation both across racial and denominational lines,” she said. “The method is very simple. It’s reaching out and forming friendships with people of different denominations from yours and other races from yours.”

The local Mission Mississippi chapter began in 2013. A pastors group emerged from it in 2015 and now includes about 40 pastors who regularly meet for breakfast once a month to share ideas, she said.

For more information, call 601-695-1650.