Maundy Thursday tradition continues at Valley Falls church
“The Living Scene”—a depiction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of “The Last Supper”—was the unique feature of Maundy Thursday services at the United Methodist Church in Valley Falls. The tradition began in 1955 and has involved more than 70 participants over the years.
The Vindicator last featured “The Living Scene” in March 2005 when the church noted the tradition’s 50th anniversary. “The Living Scene” was first conceived by the late Rev. Henry Milliken and directed by the late Juanita Barnes.
Participants in the scene last Thursday and the number of years they have been involved are Nathanael Bartholomew, Merle Pickerell (10); James the Lesser, Larry Springer (26); Andrew, Terry Metzger (47); Judas, John Sherretts (3); Peter, Rick Ferrell (29); John, Charles Hamon (29); Jesus, Chris Biester (29); Thomas, Phil Dunn (32); James the Major, Bob Shaver (4); Philip, Gary Coleman (13); Matthew, Wayne Ferrell (1); Thaddeus, Bill Metzger (2); Simon the Zealot, Richard Ferell (2).
Appearing in the scene on the 50th anniversary were Jim Goudzwaard, Larry Springer, Terry Metzger, Bill Conser, Rick Ferrell, Charles Hamon, Chris Biester, Phil Dunn, Phil Gordon, Gary Coleman, Tom Brown, Merle Pickerell, and Tom Shrimplin.
Photo by Clarke Davis
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