As we gear up for our third annual Stations of the Cross worship service, I thought I’d take a look back at what we’ve done in previous years. During the first year (2010), we simply started with the question, “Where would Jesus go if he lived in Bossier City, Louisiana?” And so we found modern-day parallels for the events in the Gospel of Matthew: Mardi Gras parades symbolized the original palm parade, and the parsonage served as our “Upper Room.” Along the way we passed out both Mardi Gras beads and Fig Newtons.
The highlight of the evening: we colluded with the city marshal (also a member of the church) to stage the arrest of one of the youth counselors. It was all great fun until the police cars pulled up, and we realized, for the first time, how everything might look to other people in the park. Our buses were in the parking lot with our church’s name plastered across the side, but to my knowledge, no one ever called the church to inquire. (And since we had already been to the pastor’s house that night, he was in on the stunt!)
The “arrested” youth counselor was a high school teacher, and some of our kids posted information about the evening to their facebook statuses … long story short, she ended up in the principal’s office the next morning. Fortunately, her principal has a good sense of humor and actually commended her for making the story of Jesus more exciting for young people!
Here’s our template for the evening, complete with Scriptures, readings, and materials/set-up information. Feel free to use and adapt for your own context…and let me know how it goes!
Download here: 2010 Stations of the Cross