Special to The Hays Daily News

The annual Maundy Thursday breakfast and service, hosted by the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance, was at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School.

Traditionally, Maundy Thursday is the day that commemorates the first Eucharist (also known as the Lord's Supper or Communion) by Jesus and his disciples.

This year's service was attended by more than 120 people, representing many of the local area churches. The program consisted of Scripture readings, choral music by the TMP-Marian Chapel Choir and testimonies.

The choir, under the direction of Cheryl Glassman, opened the morning with a selection of music. Kyle Ermoian from Celebration Community Church then blessed the service and the meal. The food was prepared by the TMP-Marian kitchen staff.

After breakfast, passages from the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Gospels were read. Readers were Joseph Borra, First United Methodist Church, Bobbi Ehrlich, Messiah Lutheran Church, and Aaron Simon, Cornerstone Baptist Church.

The first testimony was shared by Shirley Dinkel from St. Joseph Catholic Church about the metaphorical significance of water in Jesus' ministry and in Scripture in general.

The second testimony was given by Jeff Crawshaw from Hays Christian Church. Crawshaw shared about his lifelong personal faith journey, including his struggles with alcoholism and anger. Ken Ediger from North Oak Community Church closed the service with a benediction.

This year's Holy Week Committee was Chairman Gary Simon from Cornerstone Baptist Church, Craig Brown from St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Jane Vanek from St. Joseph Catholic Church and Kevin Daniels from Hays Christian Church.