REED CITY — In the words of the old hymn, “We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing ...”

Reed City area residents will once again gather and join in the seventh annual commemoration of the events leading to Easter as the Reed City Area Ministerial Association hosts the Good Friday Cross Walk through the streets of the city on Friday, March 29. Beginning at 12 noon, many community churches will combine their resources for what has become an annual worship opportunity.

Scriptures, prayers and songs will recall Jesus’ Passion as worshippers carry a life size cross from the center of town to the cemetery. All are residents and visitors are invited to meet at The Depot where the walk will begin with prayer and song.  There will be a transporation available for those who cannot make the walk and need a ride.

Based on the traditional Stations of the Cross, the Cross Walk highlights major events of the first Good Friday.

The cross is carried through the streets of the Reed City, stopping at the old Congregational Church, the county courthouse, and at other ‘stations’ in the community before the journey ends at the Woodland Cemetery.

Biblical passages about Jesus’ appearance before religious authorities will be read near the church. Scriptures regarding His trial will be read in front of the courthouse.

Members of different churches will take turns carrying the cross and leading the different periods of worship at the seven stops.

The Cross Walk will conclude in the cemetery as worshippers remember laying Jesus’ body in the tomb. Transportation back to the starting point will be provided.

As noted, this ecumenical service is an outreach of the Reed City Area Ministerial Association whose vision involves churches working together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone is invited to participate.

Though church congregations may choose to worship differently, the story of Jesus Christ is the reason they all exist, and organizers hope the event will catch the attention of community members.

All local church, community members, and visitors to the area are invited to attend.