By Glenda Andrews
Jubilee House Coordinator
There are many forms of hunger. The life sustaining hunger that food will ease. The hunger from loneliness that the compassion of man can fulfill. The hunger for knowledge that a teacher can bring and open the mind. And then there is the hunger from our souls as we search for that deeper meaning of our lives. It is the work of your Grace Church Outreach Ministries to feed the hungry.
Lent and Easter brought the opportunity to develop a service that would bring meaning and understanding of Christ’s love to the patrons of Jubilee House and feed the hunger of souls.
Deep discussions at Jubilee House about the Stations of the Cross started with many questions, including “How do I relate to Christ suffering and dying on the cross?” The theme “hang it on the cross” began. Patrons and volunteers developed prayers that related Christ’s suffering to the suffering of His children.
The morning of Good Friday started with 25 people waiting at the door for Jubilee House to open. The prayers for each station of the Cross were passed around, and we asked people, “Which prayer speaks to you?” And then, “Who will follow the cross of Jesus to the park for prayers?”
Behind the cross, 35 people then processed to the park in silence with Daniel meeting us. We formed a circle, and each person said their chosen prayer in front of the cross. In silence, led by the cross, all returned to Jubilee House. “POWERFUL” was the word that kept coming up when asked what this meant to them.
Prayer #13 Station – Jesus Dies on the Cross (Amanda Wolfe)
“Into your hands, I commend my spirit.”
As we recall Jesus dying on the cross, may we also put our burdens, sins and the weight of our suffering on the cross. May Jesus’ death transform our tragedies and weaknesses into new life. HANG IT ON THE CROSS
And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. Amen.