My congregation used a processional cross for our recent Palm Sunday and Easter Day services. It’s not used every Sunday, but when it is, I think it’s just as important that the cross of Christ leads us into worship and praise and also leads us forth at the conclusion of the service to serve in Jesus’ name in the world that God loves.
If we allow it, the visual image is striking and profound: following in the way of the cross of Christ as we go forth to minister each day in our daily lives.
This Pentecost season, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has kept his promise that we will not be left alone, but God will continue to be present with us through the power and work of the Holy Spirit.
When we follow in the way of the cross, we go nowhere that Jesus himself has not been willing to go. The road and journey are not always what we would call enjoyable or easy, but it brings us great joy.
Jesus calls us to live, not necessarily in our comfort zones, but on the edge. Those “edges” of ministry are sometimes but not always the unusual or unknown.
Many times, the places where we are called are quite familiar: the family supper table, the hospital or nursing home room, the friend or stranger in need.
As God’s people called to follow in the way of the cross, we are given gifts and abilities in order to serve. Not everyone has the same gifts. But all are needed. All are important.
In life, in death, and in eternal life, Jesus has prepared the way. He invites us each day to come and follow.
John Dellis is the minister of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ander.