Differing beliefs ...same walk of faith PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 08:14
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Bruce McDaniel, pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Portage, carries a cross along Wooster Street in Bowling Green. The group, in recognition of Good Friday, left Trinity United Methodist Church and walked toward First Presbyterian Church. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Despite their different beliefs and worship styles, the Bowling Green Christian community came together on Friday for a "Pilgrimage" incorporating four different locations and involving many more churches.
The churches and those attending the various services united in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as all prepared for this weekend's Easter celebrations.
In song, with scripture and in sacred prayer, the various services all sought to reflect on the significance of Christ.
Rev. Chris Walter of First United Methodist Church prayed during the second session at First Presbyterian Church.
"We are all there at the foot of the cross," he said. "We are all children of God."
The afternoon portion began at Trinity United Methodist Church and ended at St. Aloysius Catholic Church. The evening session was held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Between each service "pilgrims" proceeded behind a cross through the streets of Bowling Green. At some time or another up to 50 people participated in the procession. One man joined in, playing songs on his fife.
Betsy Solley attended all three afternoon services.
"It was really nice to see the way each service shared the same story in a different way," she said.
Solley said the art displayed at St. Aloysius in a modern interpretation of the Stations of the Cross was impressive.
"The pictures and the interpretations of them was very moving. I liked the way it brought the story into today's world," she said.
Haskins resident Kathy Wittman also enjoyed the services.
"I liked the things we did and the things we saw. I don't know what to say, but it was moving."
Rev. Helen Dukes, president of Bowling Green Ministerial Association, said "It was deeply moving. I am amazed how God has been so good."

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:58
 

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