Several ‘walk with the cross’ through downtown Kingsport

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An annual Good Friday tradition continued in Kingsport, despite the heavy rain.

More than 20 people showed up for Shades of Grace’s annual Walk with the Cross around the downtown Kingsport. This year’s focus was on homelessness and addiction, which appeared on the cross. The church says it is two issues they deal with all too often.

“Today we are focusing upon homelessness and addiction because that is a cross that a lot of our friends downtown carry every day, not only on Good Friday,” Shades of Grace Pastor Will Shewey said. “It’s a problem, it’s a weight upon so many shoulders every day. And so we gather here as a congregation to witness to our faith and to remember that what Jesus did for us makes it possible for us to also make a difference in this world.”

The group carried the cross, a banner saying “the God of our City”, Easter Lilys, plus palm branches and dried palms from this past weekend’s Palm Sunday service. Participants got to take turns carrying the cross, but the weather did keep the crowd down this year.

“I’m pleased with the turnout, we would probably have had more many more if the weather had been warm, but, then again, we don’t know what the weather was like on that Good Friday so many years ago,” Shewey added. “Actually, the Bible says the sky became black when Christ died on the cross. So there could have been rain, there could have been cold, but it did not prevent him from carrying out his mission.”

Once back to the church, all the participants were able to pick up dry socks, pants, and other clothing, if they needed them.

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