GOSHEN - Members of the community gathered at First Presbyterian Church of Goshen to observe Good Friday with a Stations of the Cross tour.
The self-guided tour was new this year, according to church pastor The Rev. Alan Griffin. He said the stations replaced the noon service which had been held at the church for years but had seen a decline in attendance in recent years.
“We know a part of that was because of timing, people not having lunch hours the same way,” he said. “So we thought we would do something that would enable people to come and do it when it met their schedule.”
Griffin said that when he first came to Goshen the Good Friday service was three hours long so in keeping with that afternoon-long tradition the stations were open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then again in the evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The message of the Station of the Cross, is a way of looking at 14 Biblical events in Jesus Christ’s last day leading up to his crucifixion, Griffin said.
“It’s a way of walking through those steps of Jesus’ life, remembering what God has done for us in Christ and having an opportunity to consider that personally,” he said.
Griffin said each station has a scripture passage and suggested prayer but that patrons were free to skip or change them as they felt.
Griffin wanted people to take the time between the celebrations of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday to reflect upon the suffering that Jesus did to forgive the sins of humanity.
“Simply taking the time to remember,” he said. “We kind of forget that more critical part of the story, of the cost of our salvation to God.”