by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
At the beginning of worship, a cross is part of the processional, carried by a person who is called the crucifer. Carrying a cross in a processional at the beginning of Christian worship dates back as far as the third century.
The cross is ubiquitous in Christian expression. The Scriptures tell us that “to those who are perishing, it is foolishness, but to those who are being saved it is the very power of God.”
The cross is central in our faith; it is the instrument of redemption. It is the ever-present reminder that God takes sin very seriously.
The empty cross proclaims loudly Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil. Every worship service begins shouting “God has won!”