Church members carry cross, remember Passion

REED CITY – “And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple,” - Luke 14:27.

The word’s of Jesus in the third Gospel in the Bible were taken literally Friday as 70 members of local Reed City churches gathered at the Reed City depot to carry a wooden cross through the town and remember the death of Jesus.

The group stopped at the First Congregational Church, Osceola County Courthouse, G.T. Norman Elementary, Woodland Cemetery and corners of streets to hear members of local congregations read passages of scripture.

The group also sang hymns such as “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Were You There?” and recited prayers in unison.

Chris DeMott, president of the Reed City Area Ministerial Association encouraged individuals to remember the reason for the event, the sinless life and death of Jesus Christ.

“As we walk along, lets allow that to be at the center of our minds,” DeMott said.

Jim Bowman, member of the Reed City church of the Nazarene has been involved in the event since it began five years ago.

“It’s a good way to come together as a community,” Bowman said.

The Reed City resident said the event serves as a nice way to celebrate Good Friday, the day Christians remember the

death and burial of Jesus Christ.

Hersey Congregational church pastor Ed Raby said this year’s event drew 15 more community members than last year.

DeMott said the event serves two purposes, uniting believers across denominational lines and demonstrating that unity to others in the community.

“We usually all worship in separate buildings, but here we gather together as a community of Christians,” DeMott said. “This is a good display of the Passion of Christ.”

Churches involved in the event were the Reed City Church of the Nazarene, Reed City and Hersey United Methodist Churches, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Hersey Congregational Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church.