Holy Week on the Streets and the City-wide Stations of the Cross

During the week leading up to Easter, traditionally known as “Holy Week,” you’re invited to join Amos House Community as we engage in an exercise of spiritual awakening and understanding on the streets of Nashville. Just as Jesus intentionally turned toward Jerusalem and embraced the conflict and suffering that would lead to his crucifixion, we will turn toward the City and embrace the conflict and suffering that the poor and homeless are met with on a daily basis, a conflict and suffering that often leads to the crucifixion of the Poorest of the Poor.

Every day, a different group of up to 10 people, co-led by housed and unhoused disciples of Jesus, will spend 24 hours on foot walking the streets of Nashville, reading scripture, praying, breaking bread, and journeying to important places in the lives of our brothers and sisters on the streets.

Holy Week is not an urban plunge; rather, it is a spiritual pilgrimage of sorts, intended to be an interactive and conversational time of listening, learning, and reverence. In the spirit of Lenten fasting, those participating will not be allowed to bring money, food, cell phones, extra clothing, or other supplies with them. Participants can, however, bring identification, a water bottle, journal, and Bible. Each group will depend on the hospitality of others and will decide how to get around town, what and where to eat, where to sleep, and where to use the bathroom.

For additional information or questions, please contact us at amoshousemercyfund@gmail.com. Spots for each 24 hour period are filling up quickly so please contact us soon and let us know which day you would like to commit to as follows:

Thursday, April 1st at 4:30pm- Friday at 4:30pm (Group Leader: Jeannie Alexander)*FULL              

Friday, April 2nd at 4:00pm- Saturday at 4:30pm (Group Leaders: Lindsey and Andrew Krinks)*FULL

Saturday, April 3rd at 4:30pm- Sunday at 4:30pm (Group Leader: Matt Preston)*FULL

We ask that you commit to an entire 24 hour period of time, even if that means taking a day off work or from school. After you sign up, we will send a follow-up e-mail with more details (where to meet each day, etc.).

City-wide Stations of the Cross

On Good Friday, April 2nd, you are invited to join Amos House Community as we journey across downtown Nashville on foot to observe and participate in the Stations of the Cross.

The Stations of the Cross originated as a way to help Jesus’ followers retrace his steps to the cross. They often take the form of a spiritual pilgrimage through his suffering and crucifixion, enabling participants to contemplate and enter into the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us.

Likewise, we’ll journey through our city on a spiritual and physical pilgrimage to contemplate what the stations mean for us today and for the marginalized, impoverished, and homeless in our community. We’ll visit symbolic places where Jesus and the poor are betrayed, condemned, helped, consoled, and crucified like the Courthouse, Downtown Presbyterian Church, the jail, and the State Capitol. We’ll meet at the park on Church Street directly in front of the Downtown Public Library at 4:00 P.M. and begin our journey at 4:30.

You are welcome to come and go throughout the evening as you can. If you come late and would like to meet up with us, call us at (615) 497-0447 and someone will be available to connect you with the group.

You’ll need to wear shoes comfortable for walking and bring a water bottle. If you have questions or would like more information, please e-mail us at amoshousemercyfund@gmail.com.

 

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