Chicagoland Churches to Join in Unity Service

ORLAND PARK, IL (March 29, 2011) – Evangelical Covenant churches from the south and west regions of Chicagoland will gather for a combined Seven Last Words of Christ service that will feature brief sermons by female pastors and church members.

The Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. April 22 at Hope Covenant Church. Lawrence Pointer, pastor of City of Truth Covenant Church (formally New Jerusalem Life Covenant Church), will present the seven last words.

Having the women respond to each of the seven words is in keeping with the resurrection story in which the angel told the women at the tomb to go and tell the disciples the “good news,” says Ryan Cooper, associate pastor of Hope Covenant. A unity choir and other expressions of praise and worship will be presented as well.

A special offering will be collected in support of Break the Chains, a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church to help eradicate human trafficking.

“This annual unity event has brought churches together in fellowship as one body of Christ no matter what race, background, or community, thus establishing lifelong friendships and a true reflection of the kingdom of God,” says Pointer, who organized the first service five years ago.

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  1. I have been to every one of the Celebrations of 7 last Words. When Pastor P (Pointer) first presented the idea to us as a Church New J now Known as “THE CITY OF TRUTH” we new that it was God Inspired to bring Unity throughout the covenant. And this God has done. I praise God for using Pastor P and for him not being afraid to step into the water of unknown and truly Trusting God it has Blessed me and many from the very first date to now cannot wait to hear The Mighty Women as you know we were first @ the tomb. What a Word.

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