IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST
On entering Grace Church one cannot help but notice the numerous crosses that adorn our worship space. From the altar itself to the chancel rail, paraments, lights and even our hymnbook covers, the cross is ever before us. During Lent our eyes are soon drawn to an additional wooden cross that towers even over both our pastors. It is stark and plain - decorated only with a stylized crown of thorns and three nails. Made many years ago by a long time member of Grace, Mr. Jack Baron, it serves as a continual Lenten reminder of our Lord’s suffering and death on Calvary.
On Good Friday the cross is draped with a black veil reminding us of the cost of our sin. On Easter morning the cross of Lent is transformed as suddenly it appears to come to life. Covered in white carnations, chrysanthemums, baby’s breath and fresh greenery, its changed appearance reminds us of the new life, forgiveness, and hope that we now have through our risen and victorious Lord and Saviour.
This transformation takes place thanks to members of the Altar Guild. They come together on Saturday morning of Holy Week to redress the altar for Easter, place lilies in the chancel and decorate the cross.
If you would like to join them in this service simply come to the church on Saturday, March 31st at 10:00 am and lend a hand.
No matter what the season, Lent or Easter, “In the cross of Christ I glory.”