This service includes communion along with several readings about Jesus’ suffering on the cross. This year, Pastor Jessie mixed in her message with the readings in a sermon called
I was There: Readings and First-Person Reflections from “Innocent Bystanders” at the Cross.
These include the perspective of characters in the story who maybe don’t always get so much attention, but who, nevertheless, were there in the story, witnessing these events. How can viewing the cross from other angles like this perhaps enlarge our own view of what the cross means in our faith?