Religious leaders unite for Good Friday Service at Kroc Center

Sofe Bounds rests on the lap of her mom, Juli, Friday during the United Good Friday Service at the Kroc Community Center. Eight churches and the Salvation Army came together for music and scripture readings in remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ. (H-
Posted: Mar. 30, 2013 1:44 am Updated: Apr. 13, 2013 2:15 am

By MATT HOPFHerald-Whig Staff Writer

Salvation Army Maj. Andrew Miller is the first to admit he's a huge sports fan.

Miller proved that Friday by running across the front row in the Kroc Center Worship Theater, high-fiving the other religious leaders who spoke at the United Good Friday Service.

"Whenever you see a team get together, you see them whooping it up as they're introducing them, but they're still a part of the same team," he said. "All these people, no matter what denomination it is, we're all out for the same thing. We're out to bring people closer to Jesus."

This was the second year that the pastors from the various churches have held the service at the Kroc Center, replacing community-oriented Good Friday services that were held at other churches.

Miller said having the various denominations together shows they support each other.

"If we can have people not worry about their (denominations), but rather as part of the body of Christ, we can make a difference," he said.

More than 100 people attended in the service, which was filled with music and messages from the leaders.

The Rev. Stephen Bounds of the Christ Worship Center used his family to help share his message.

Bounds -- along with his wife, Juli, and their children, Selah, Seanna, Semachiah, Sofe and Shamarah -- received a standing ovation from the audience for the family's rendition of the song "You Owe Me Nothing."

He said having the family involved in services is common at the Christ Worship Center.

"We have a whole-family ministry approach," he said. "Our desire is to train up our kids into leadership."

Bounds said children receive the same holy spirit that adults receive.

"They are able to be used in ministry just as well as an adult can," he said. "Kids are oftentimes used in a unique way because they're different than adults, and people pay more attention to what they are doing."

Bounds said the pastors regularly meet and pray as part of the Quincy Christian Ministers Fellowship.

"We're always looking for opportunity to show to Quincy that we are in unity," he said, "We're wanting to impact the city for Jesus."

Other pastors speaking at the service were Tom Rains of First Southern Baptist Church, Ivan E. Greuter of Central Baptist Church, Bob Morwell of United Methodist Church, James Hailey III of Bethel AME, Don Sackett of the Anglican Church of America, Rod Bakker of Faith Presbyterian Church and Bryan Meado of the Rock Church.

The Kroc Center will also host an Easter service at 10 a.m. Sunday .