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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

March 29, 2013

CROSSWALK

Last week I gave a quick outline of the events of Holy Week. We are now in the midst of it and I have been thinking about the Crosswalk, in which we will participate on Good Friday.

My predecessor, the Rev. Chuck Kuck, conceived this. He and some other local ministers began this Crosswalk as a way to emphasize the sacredness of Good Friday.

It was a good idea then, and remains a feature of the entire community. On a blustery Good Friday, we may have 75 people brave the elements. On a more mild day, perhaps 150.

The idea behind it is brilliant in its simplicity.

Meet at Coffman High School in Dublin at noon on Good Friday. We have police escort for the mile walk to Dublin Community Church. Some of our friends from Jerome United Methodist Church in Dublin built a strong cross of about 10 feet. It takes a number of folks to carry it.

Police escort. The cross is carried by the youth (it takes 7 or 8). A drummer pounds out a cadence and everyone follows. Down the street, across the bridge over the 270 Outer Belt, onto busy 161/Bridge Street to the church.

The crowd is silent as the cadence is pounded out. We enter the Gladden Chapel at Dublin Community Church and have a simple worship service and depart.

As I said, quite simple. But it is also moving. Often times in movies, the events of Good Friday focus in the beating and blood of Jesus. It is in the Bible, but it seems as if too much emphasis is placed there when movies get into the mix. Our Crosswalk is a quiet and public demonstration that the message of Jesus is about His sacrifice and ultimately life.

A community of many churches gathers to quietly walk and state to others that the Gospel message is still profound. And if the younger kids do not understand it just now, in time they will.

The two hours we give to the Crosswalk is but rather small considering what He gave to us.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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