The Thursday before Easter marked one of our most treasured events at WCA, The Flowering of the Cross. Each year just before Easter weekend, our students bring in flowers and adorn them on a wire-strung cross one class at a time on our cafetorium stage. Our littlest ones come first and are place their flowers in many areas closest to the very top, hoisted up by each year’s senior class.
Between classes, students alternate different worship activities…and this year’s intermissions, as always, were exceptionally creative. Our students read passages of the Gospels on the events leading to and during Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection from the cross. But not just in English. This year, students read (and signed) the Gospel in five different languages by six seniors: Rebekah Pettus read in Russian, Ashley Nice and Lela Butler signed the Gospel in American Sign Language, Peter Rodenberg read in English, Shawn Wang read in Chinese, and Svetlana Goncharova read in Ukrainian.
In addition to these Gospel readings, Delaney Gibbons sang Reckless Love accompanied by Carson Henley on percussion, and 3rd-grade teacher Hollyana Dickens moved the audience with a profound rendition of Here We Are to Worship (excerpt below). During all of the periods when students were adding their flowers to the cross, freshman Ian Chen played piano background music.
Please enjoy the attached gallery and the clip from Mrs. Dickens and senior Kivinie Johnson leading us in worship!