MASON CITY, IA – If you were out and about around the noon hour today, you may have noticed a large group of people walking around downtown Mason City.
It’s all part of the community’s “Good Friday” celebration.”
Christians both young and old are gathering together to celebrate Good Friday by taking part in the annual “Community Cross Walk.”
St. Paul Lutheran Church Pastor, Sid Bohls said, “Good Friday is the day that Jesus died and we call it “good” because it is also the day God saved the world by giving us his son.”
But this kind of worship is a little different. Folks walk from place to place singing songs, and saying prayers along the way.
Pastor Bohls said, “We take a big cross and carry it throughout town as a way to show what happened to Jesus on this day back 2000 years ago and also to have a worship of our own, as we come to experience for ourselves, what the walk of the cross might have been like.”
For first-time walkers, it’s something unique to be a part of.
Mason City Walker, Sandi Roggeman said, “I’ve always wanted to do this and I’ve never gotten the opportunity and I got off work early and I just wanted to see what it’s all about.”
Mason City Walker, Velma Tschetter said, “Good Friday is very important to me, it’s Jesus dying on the cross and how God sent his son down to be with us.”
Everyone is gathering to walk the streets in the remembrance of Jesus and all the sacrifices he made, but most are also very thankful for something else.
Pastor Bohls said, “It is such a blessing to have this good weather today. So many years we’ve had ice and snow and hail even one year. This year it’s a beautiful day.”
And just as Jesus carried the burden of the cross, these Christians recognize that everyone has their own struggles.
Pastor Bohls said, “We all carry different burdens some heavier than others. Some with sickness, some with pain, some with family strife and as we carry the cross with Jesus, we hope we come to know that we will also be raised together with Jesus on Easter Sunday.”