Local church remembers Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday

LANA MUTHLER/THE EXPRESS At top, Vicki Eggler, left, and Bonnie Nichols are shown in front of the group of people carrying a wooden cross at Friday morning’s Cross Walk to McElhattan United Methodist Church. The walkers took turns carrying the cross and remembering the first Good Friday when Jesus was crucified.

By LANA MUTHLER

lmuthler@lockhaven.com

McELHATTAN — Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and remember he was beaten, whipped, spat upon and had a crown of thorns pressed down into his scalp. He was forced to carry a large and heavy wooden cross until He had no more strength to carry it.

Members of the McElhattan, Woolrich and Caldwell United Methodist Churches joined Christians around the world commemorating the death of Jesus Christ on the cross — a death that they believe atoned for the sins of the world — on Good Friday.

They recognized that day so many years ago with a meaningful procession remembering Christ’s Passion and the gift he gave on the cross.

After a brief service at the church, a crown of thorns and black cloth was placed on the cross in front of the church, above. The cloth will be replaced with a white one early Easter Sunday morning, symbolizing that Christ arose from the dead that day.

The Cross Walk has been a tradition of the McElhattan Church for at least 10 years and this year was no exception.

About a dozen people, along with pastor, Rev. Laura King, gathered just as the sun rose Friday morning at the Wayne Township Park.

It was a solemn and sober walk on a warm sunny morning, as the group slowly walked the rail trail from the park to the nearby church.

As the silent procession moved, those participating took turns carrying the large wooden cross, all the while praying and perhaps thinking about what it must have been like on that first Good Friday when Christ died, and what it means in their life.

When the walkers reached the church and the cross was set in place, Rev. King spoke.

She read scripture from John 19 about the day that Christ was crucified on the cross.

“This cross reminds us that it is our sin … in this 21st Century America, that the son of God died for. Keep this day holy and remember the price God paid for you,” Rev. King said.

The service ended with the group singing, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord,” and the hanging of a crown of thorns and black cloth on the cross in front of the church.

The black cloth will be replaced with a white one early Easter Sunday morning, signifying that Christ arose from the dead on that day.

The church invites everyone to join them at 9:30 a.m. Sunday as they celebrate Easter Sunday and remember a promise — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”— John 3:16

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