As promised, Church in the Cliff‘s meditation guide for tomorrow evening’s Good Friday worship — DART Stations of the Cross — is now available. You can download it here, or visit the church’s new blog to download it (plus read some interesting posts about how it all came together).
The official event time is 4-8 p.m. (the idea being that people riding the DART rail home from work could follow along during their normal route), but for anyone who wants to participate in the church’s 7 p.m. guerilla liturgy at the Westmoreland Station, the last chance to catch the train at Mockingbird Station would be 5:54 p.m. The liturgy will be a tenebrae service, and participants are asked to bring their own reusable cups for communion. Afterward, everyone is invited to board the train and head back toward Mockingbird and beyond, taking the opportunity to share stories from the journey.
Other items to bring: a journal to record reflections and stories; a digital camera to capture images and video to share via the church’s CityGallery Flickr page; and either a checkbook or material goods (new socks/underwear, laundry detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste, facial tissue, razors, & deodorant) to donate to AIDS Services of Dallas, collected by a volunteer at the 8th and Corinth Station (see the meditation guide for more details).
Holy Week also marks a time of transition for this neighborhood church; find details after the jump:
Easter will mark the final Sunday for Rev. Laura Fregin to lead the church community, after five years at the helm. (Read more about the church and its move from Uptown to Oak Cliff in our November cover story.) I remember that even when I interviewed Fregin early last fall for November’s story, she indicated then that she felt someone younger should be at the helm of this emergent community. Easter also will be the final Sunday for Neeki Bey, who leads music at the church.
Community pastor Courtney Pinkerton, who was interviewed for April’s story on DART Stations of the Cross, will be sticking around, and could step into the church’s lead position in Fregin’s absence.
"So much change … kind of an end of an era," Pinkerton told me. "But church keeps on being church, and in our case, that means being kind of on the edge." If the DART Stations of the Cross idea doesn’t illustrate that, I’m not sure what does.