On Good Friday, about 25 Christians carried a cross around downtown Saline, stopping at various locations to offer prayers for the community.
In the Christian faith, Good Friday marks the day when Jesus was crucified. He resurrected on Easter Sunday, proving Christ’s divinity.
Tom Zimmeran is the pastor at First United Methodist Church.
“Good Friday is the day we reflect on Jesus dying for our sins or for our salvation,” Zimmerman said.
Last week’s event was the third annual Crosswalk. The event began at Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home, where people prayed for those who are grieving and mourning. At the Saline Fire Station, they prayed for people who work to keep community’s safe. At the First Presbyterian Church, people prayed for religious freedom and people who work to spread God’s message. In front of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, people prayed for the economhy and for bountiful resources and opportunities. At the former location of Saline Area Social Service, they prayed for people in need, asking for more jobs, homes, food, resources and support.
At the old Union School, the group stopped and prayed for schools, students, teachers and staff. At Saline City Hall, the group prayed for the city and our neighborhoods. They also prayed forour state, country and government leaders.
Pastor Zimmerman said it was a worthwhile activity.
“I loved it. I love joining other people in praying for people in our commuity,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman was glad to see people from Saline’s various Christian churches join together for this event.
“We’re all on the same team.” he said.
The “crosswalk” idea was brought to Saline by Jeannette Brenner, Director of Congregational Care at First United Methodist Church. She got the idea from a friend who is a pastor in Woodtown, N.J.
“Their church and many other churches do the cross walk as a community event every Good Friday,” Brenner said. “I thought it would be a great way to unite other believers and bring the community together.”