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Good Friday is a somber time for Christians, recognizing the day that Jesus Christ was crucified and died.

So it only makes sense for churchgoers to gather together as one to recognize the sorrowful day.

Christians of all denominations will gather Friday at the Franklin United Methodist Community for the annual Good Friday service. Representatives from churches across the county will offer reflections on the meaning of the day, a multi-church choir will perform special music and participants will mark the death of Christ in anticipation of Easter.

Organizers will present two services, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both are open to the public.

“Good Friday is the preparation as we go towards the resurrection. It’s one of the key events of Holy Week, if not the key event, so it’s important to gather together,” said Roger Gifford, one of the organizers of the services for the Johnson County Ministerial Association.

The theme of this year’s service is “Nailing My Sins to the Cross.” Participants will give dramatic readings of Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

Everybody who attends the services will receive a nail to keep with them as they contemplate the significance of that sacrifice through Easter Sunday, Gifford said.

If you go

What: Community Good Friday Service

When: 3 and 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St.

The event is in the chapel on the east side of the building; the event is open to the public.

What: The services will include Good Friday scriptures, dramatic readings, prayer, hymns and special music.

The Johnson County Ministerial Association, a group of local religious leaders, has planned a Good Friday event for more than 25 years.

Emphasis is placed on coming together as a community of Christians. That’s why pastors from different churches throughout the county will help lead the service.

The choir will be made up of members of congregations all over Johnson County as well. Additional special music is being prepared to set the service apart from regular times of worship.

The hope is to give people a common place to pray on Good Friday. In the past, close to 250 people have attended.

“It’s a tradition that the community of churches have gathered to recognize this day, so we try to do something different each year,” Gifford said.

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