Father Hritsko speaks at last Lenten Lunch of the season

| April 9, 2014
Father William Hritsko of Sacred Heart spoke at the last Lenten Lunch of the season and led everyone in the singing of “Save Your People”.

Father William Hritsko of Sacred Heart spoke at the last Lenten Lunch of the season and led everyone in the singing of “Save Your People”.

COSHOCTON – The last Lenten Lunch of the season was Wednesday, April 9 at the Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian Church and Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church provided tomato bisque and chicken rice soup, spinach and plain quiche, and desserts. Hinds Jersey Farm provided a variety of cheeses for the luncheon.

Reverend Philip Hunt gave the announcements and reminded everyone about the Ring the Bells for Habitat concert coming up this Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Presbyterian Church. Last year, the concert raised $1,500 for Habitat.

He also announced a new Good Friday event sponsored by the Coshocton Ministerial Association, the Cross Walk. The walk will start at the First Baptist Church on Chestnut Street. The cross will be carried to the Salvation Army, Grace United Methodist Church, and conclude at the Presbyterian Church. There will be a special service at each location. The event begins at noon and will take about an hour.

Tim Vance of Grace United Methodist Church read Scripture from Matthew 27: 15 – 26. Then, Father William Hritsko of Sacred Heart gave the message and spoke on Pontius Pilate.

In today’s society, Pilate is portrayed as a stern man with little feeling for Jesus. However, Hritsko shed new light on Pilate and noted he was a man who was only looking for the truth.

“I think that if Pilate would have had a little more time and had known Jesus and had talked to a couple more people, he would have been converted himself,” said Hritsko.

After discussing whether or not to release Barabbas or Jesus, Pilate, against his own conscience, turned Jesus over to be flogged and crucified as the crowd had asked, and released Barabbas, a convicted murderer.

“What are we to choose as the truth and then how are we to live it?” said Hritsko. “We know in our faith what truth is. God lives, not lived, but lives.”

Hritsko closed the service with special music.

“We need to answer the Lord for what He has given us and what He continues to give us,” said Hritsko.

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