The cross was heavy and the road was long on the public street.

The cross was heavy and the road was long on the public street.

In these ways, the journey was similar for Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago and McPherson residents Friday.

About a dozen individuals participated in the Way of the Cross Walk on Good Friday. The trek down Main Street, organized by the McPherson Ministerial Alliance, begun at New Life Foursquare Gospel Church and ended at St. Anne's Episcopal Church with a service.

The event symbolized the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion according to the Bible.  

As the McPherson group progressed, scripture and prayers were read after each was given a turn to carry the 40-pound hedgewood cross.

For Fr. Laird MacGregor of St. Anne's, it was a small, faithful gesture of his faith.

“You're retracing the steps of Christ on the first Good Friday and taking part of the burden that he carried; getting to know a little bit what that was like,” he said. “It's something we do once a year. He carries our burdens all the time.”

Curtis Blake, an attendee of New Life Foursquare, has been participating in this event for the last several years said it is beneficial for him spiritually and emotionally.

“It's part of my faith,” he said. “Spiritually, it's just a wonderful thing to be able to carry the cross. It's a very blessed day to be doing something Jesus went through.”

Joyce Canada, also an attendee of New Life Foursquare, came for the first time this year. It's the symbolism of the event that she enjoyed most, such as carrying the cross and being out in the public eye.

John Downing, an attendee of New Life Foursquare, said he hoped this event would bring others closer to God.

“If you're not out, how is anybody else going to know what you stand for?” he said. “You got to get out in the public to let them know or they'll walk by you a thousand times and not know.”

Kathy Neufeld Dunn of First Mennonite Church said events like the one Friday is what the church needs.
“The church (body) needs to be outside the box in the world and this is certainly a witness to Jesus that we can offer the world, and I think that's an incredibly powerful thing,” she said.

Although she has participated for the last several years, it became more powerful after she traveled to Jerusalem.

“It's sort of a powerful thing that's hard to put into words,” she said. “I have a new understanding of the weight of sin and the weight of the world on Christ's shoulders. This isn't just something I believe. It's right here, right now and very relevant to our hurting world.”

MacGregor is glad the event brings individuals from different churches together.

“I think it's huge,” he said. “We don't have too many opportunities to come together across our denominational boundaries to do something like this. Every church service is different and this is one thing as Christians we all have in common.”

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