Church Matters

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), October 21, 2006 | Go to article overview

Church Matters


Byline: By Francis Wood

Cross PURPOSE

You see the Cross everywhere and not only worn round the neck of a newsreader. It's in the middle of the flags of our saints, George, Andrew and Patrick. It's on badges of magistrates, the Red Cross and St John's Ambulance people. It's on our postage stamps and public buildings. Some wear a cross to bring them luck and on Remembrance Sunday millions will plant crosses in front of war memorials. You can't get away from it. The Cross of Christ has prime position in our country.

Yet there are people who simply don't know what the Cross is about. I once showed a young lad round Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He looked up at the Cross over the sanctuary and the figure on it. After a moment, he turned and said: "Who's that man up there? Is he an acrobat?"

You can't have the Cross without the Man. Down the ages, artists have used many ways to depict the figure of Christ on the Cross. Sometimes he suffers with blood from his head, his hands, his feet. Or he reigns as a king from the Cross with a golden crown. Perhaps you'd like him to preside from the Cross, wearing priestly vestments? You may see them all. So the Cross, a symbol of torture, has turned into a symbol of hope for the world and the Man is the One who did it.

MAKE WORSHIP LIVE

Powerful language, humour and a range of music. Would you like to find them in Church worship? If so, there may be a day just for you next Saturday at Jesmond United Reformed Church in Burdon Terrace. Alison Adams has worked with the Iona Community for years in the Wild Goose Group exploring new approaches to worship. She says worship should engage the heart and body as well as the head. She'll be leading three workshops, beginning at 10am. For details, call Alison on (0191) 281 4676. It's open to all, (fee pounds 5 or pounds 2.50 under 16).

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