No 'Way of the Cross' This Year

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Thirteen years ago, Sister Andre Burkhart set out on a mission to organize the churches in downtown Meridian into a peace walk that showed the last hours of Christ's life before He was crucified.

She managed to incorporate many denominations into one united force known as "The Way of the Cross."

"The Way of the Cross has been one of the great aspects of the celebration of holy week in our community for a good long while," said Dr. Raymon Leake, pastor of First Baptist Church of Meridian. "And Andre Burkhart saw to it that it was a real celebration every year, and gathered churches from across the religious spectrum to be involved in it."

After Sister Andre left Meridian, organizing such a complex program involving so many members of the community has become a challenge. As a result, the 2010 Way of the Cross will not take place.

"The main reason is just timing. This year's an earlier Easter with a number of other things I was working on, I didn't really get a chance to prepare like I should," said Terrence Roberts, pastor of New Wine Ministries. "And a couple of the churches were not going to participate so, we're just going to hold off one year and give it a chance to breathe."

Organizers believe perhaps absence will make the heart grow fonder and next year more churches will want to participate.

"It's a great event. It is something our community loves to do," said Roberts. "Maybe this year, the lay off will remind people just how important it is."

"It has been one of the things that brought churches together dramatically in our community for a significant period of time," said Leake. "So we'll miss it this year, but hopefully there will be somebody that will step forward next year and make it a real success."


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  • by Citizen 2 Location: Meridian on Mar 31, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    I am truly going to miss the event this year. Although many of the churches planned other events to coincide with this event, it was an event enjoyed by all. I plan to visit nursing homes on Friday, sharing the message of Easter with those residents.
  • by Don on Mar 31, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    Lastly, everyone remember what this time of the year is all about. It is not about performing a walk or having a glorious program. We all know it is about a man named Jesus who is the Christ and sacrificed his life by dying on the cross to save us. We honor him with these special events and traditions as it should be. The Way of the Cross is one of them. I myself pray that it returns next year with a large and enthusiastic crowd of believers and followers and we can honor Christ with a grand procession. Remember to attend church somewhere on Sunday. My home Church Pleasant Hill United Methodist (Zero Road) along with numerous churches of various denominations is hosting a Community Wide Easter Sunrise Service at 6am, something we have done for the past 25 years. It is open to all who desire to attend and wish to honor Christ for his sacrifice. God Bless to each and everyone of you and let's pray that next year we will have the return of WAY OF THE CROSS. In Jesus Name, We pray. Don
  • by Don on Mar 31, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    We all are human and as humans we all make mistakes and cannot always do what everyone would like. If we are true Christians as Christ would have us to be then we excuse the faults and the mistakes, and not allow name calling or negative actions to rise, and all of us working together can help this to be an excellent program for next year. I for one am proud to offer my service in what ever way I can to help the Way of the Cross continue. It is a great idea to have an intermediary service this Friday by just walking the cross through the City and it would be nice to see it happen, but remember we are Honoring and Celebrating that Christ died to save us and the WALK doesn't have to be the only thing we do. Attend Church and Say a prayer thanking Jesus for giving his life to save us. If each of us do just that and then attend Church Sunday for Easter service then we are supporting and honoring the Sacrifice Jesus made for us. (continued)
  • by Don Location: Meridian on Mar 31, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    Ever since I returned home from Iraq in 2003, my family has participated in the Way of the Cross event. It is just one way to celebrate the sacrfiice that Jesus made to save us. In fact the two little blonde haired Girls that were seen sitting waving the flags are two of my Granddaughters. I have had the pleasure of carrying the cross on two occasions and felt humble to do so. The event will be missed this year, but there are many other ways to honor the sacrifice Christ done for us. For all of you who are putting down or talking negative about Pastor Terrence Roberts, you are not using your Christian beliefs or the respect due him. It takes a lot to produce an event like this and there is more involved than just passing it off to another person. You talk of Satan taking over you may be right but that is not Pastor Robert's fault. Satan has ways of disrupting anything we do. (continued) on next post
  • by concerned on Mar 31, 2010 at 05:10 AM
    I am concerned If all the politics is part of the decision not to have one .Its causes seperation. which is what the devil wants.It takes God to keep us together.
  • by Remembering His Sacrifice Location: Meridian on Mar 30, 2010 at 05:43 PM
    I suggest people come and walk together in honor of our Lord Jesus Christ. Someone could carry a "Cross" as a visual reminder. Even if there is not enough time to pull it together as elaborately as it has been done in the past a year will not be skipped and the tradition can continue....We should not forget that HE PAID the price for all of us. WE should never forget HIM.
  • by Daniel Location: Meridian on Mar 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    After reading this I began to wonder what would be required to be able to do this this year. Does anyone know and if so is there enough time to get this done? Don't forget we have God on our side. He'll help and so will I!!!
  • by In Meridian Location: Meridian on Mar 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    Hey Citizen, I nominate you to work with Annonymous to get it together by Friday. I bet you could do it. Why is it all up to Terrance Roberts anyway?
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Mar 30, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    Very selfish Pastor Terrence Roberts. It shouldn't have been an issue as to whether Easter came earlier (don't you have a calendar?) or whether you had so much to do, you should have contacted other churches that participate every year to see if they wanted to sponsor it instead of just cancelling it because of personal reasons. Apparently you have lost sight of what the event means. SHAME ON YOU!!!!
  • by In Meridian Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 08:03 PM
    Hey Anonymous, You are in charge for Way of the Cross. I bet you could get it organized for this year! Go for it!
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