HIS LAST DAYS: The Passion Play was WONDERFUL!


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The cast and crew of HIS LAST DAY: The Passion Play at First United Methodist Church of Kosciusko did an excellent job tonight! The role of JESUS is played by our pastor, Rev. Matt Tucker of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church. GREAT JOB! Continue reading

Local pastor portrays Jesus in Kosciusko passion play


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Rev Matt Tucker of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and Lebanon UMC portrays Jesus in the upcoming production of HIS LAST DAYS: The Passion Play at First United Methodist Church of Kosciusko. The play is set for March 24, 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the church. There is no cost for admission, no tickets are required, and no reservations are necessary to attend the performance. A nursery is provided.

Rev. Matt Tucker said portraying Jesus in the play, “His Last Days” at Kosciusko First United Methodist Church for the past several years, has been impactful.

“Try carrying a cross, literally, while some high school kids whip you,” Tucker said. “It will make you realize this was nothing compared to what Jesus actually went through for loving us. He is compassion, which means ‘that which you will suffer for,’ because studying about the crucifixion, I realized there I no more painful of a way to die than that and Jesus endured as an obedient servant of God’s will for our lives. That is awesome!”

For Tucker, it has been difficult as an actor thinking about Jesus’ reactions to different situations in the play, such as his facial expression when Judas betrays him, or when Peter denies him three times, or how to portray his suffering on the cross.

“I struggle with these parts every year but I also ask God to allow me to be His vessel before every show so He takes care of me,” Tucker said.

Tucker is the pastor at Bellefontaine UMC and Lebanon UMC in Webster County, but grew up in Kosciusko and recently served as their youth pastor for many years.

The 31st annual “His Last Days: The Passion Play” will be presented by Kosciusko First United Methodist Church in Kosciusko, the three nights prior to Easter, March 24, 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. on the grounds of the church. There is no cost for admission, no tickets are required, and no reservations are necessary to attend the performance.  A nursery is provided. Parking for vehicles, including vans and buses, is conveniently located near the church grounds. Continue reading

‘His Last Days’ is an impactful experience


FB_20150326_19_07_27_Saved_PictureRev. Matt Tucker said portraying Jesus in the play, “His Last Days” at Kosciusko First United Methodist Church for the past several years, has been impactful.

“Try carrying a cross, literally, while some high school kids whip you,” Tucker said. “It will make you realize this was nothing compared to what he actually went through for loving us. He is compassion, which means ‘that which you will suffer for,’ because studying about the crucifixion, I realized there I no more painful of a way to die than that and Jesus endured as an obedient servant of God’s will for our lives. That is awesome!”

For Tucker, it has been difficult as an actor thinking about Jesus’ reactions to different situations in the play, such as his facial expression when Judas betrays him, or when Peter denies him three times, or how to portray his suffering on the cross. Continue reading

Top posts for the month of March


2015-03-06 16.42.131. The top blog post for the month of March was the March 10 post titled, BRIDAL TIPS & TRENDS SERIES: Teacups and Tulips in Downtown Eupora… see this story at https://gwenwsisson.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/bridal-tips-trends-series-teacups-and-tulips-in-downtown-eupora/ Continue reading

Tucker asks ‘what are you not ENOUGH of?’


 

2015-03-18 12.31.26Rev. Matt Tucker of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church and Lebanon UMC asks the Eupora UMC Lenten Lunch crowd “What are you not ENOUGH of?””What keeps you from doing God’s will? What are you not ENOUGH of?–Some say they are not smart ENOUGH, skinny ENOUGH, strong ENOUGH…What keeps you from ministry?” Tucker asked those attended the Lenten Lunch Series at Eupora’s First United Methodist Church to take three squares of toilet tissue and write the word ENOUGH on it. When they had the answer to the question “What are you not ENOUGH of?” — they were to throw that reason –that excuse– in the toilet. Rev. Tucker also discussed his role as Jesus in “The Last Days of Christ” program at Kosciusko UMC, that will be held April 2-4 at the church. Each year, he conducts a personal Bible study to examine the role of Christ during Holy Week and how the disciples and the crowds reacted to the message of the Gospel unfolding before their eyes.  The Lenten Lunch Series continues next Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. March 25, in the Eupora FUMC fellowship hall with Rev. Hugh Bland of Walthall Baptist Church serving as the guest speaker. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served. The public is invited to attend.

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See one of these photos in the March 25, 2015 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2015/03/25/tucker-speaks-at-lenten-lunch/

Tucker is looking forward to becoming ‘part of the family’


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Matt Tucker, the new pastor for Bellefontaine and Lebanon United Methodist Churches, said he is most looking forward to “becoming part of the family.”

“I hope to love and be loved by the people at both churches and in the community,” Tucker said. “I definitely am looking forward to meeting people and learning about the churches history and where each of the members are in their personal journey in life. And most of all, I hope to help the work of the Lord in the area.” Continue reading