GROUP CLASS Worship in Light of the Cross

YOUR GROUP of 5, 10, 15 or more!

This classroom is available for a private group of 5 or more. If you are interested in a private classroom that includes all the same content as our Open Group but is designed with a discussion area exclusively for your group, email us at Group rates apply.

5 for $90

10 for $170

15 for $240

20 for $300

Our Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, but our online classroom is open now. Once you've enrolled, feel free to take a look around, to introduce yourself, and to begin early if you'd like. Private classrooms are available for your church, small group, or Sunday School class.

We'll gather via a live webinar with author John Indermark on Monday, March 6 at 6:30pm Central Time. The webinar is free and open to anyone, but it requires another login. To find instructions for the webinar, follow this link. (A recorded version of the webinar will be available as soon as it's ready to share.)

Questions? Email us at

eCourse Information

Many of the world's great cathedrals are built in the shape of the cross. When people enter to worship, they literally enter into the cross. Whenever we gather as a community of faith, we remember Jesus' death and resurrection and learn how to follow Jesus, even on the road to the cross.

In this six-week study for Lent, John Indermark invites us to worship through the cross. Indermark allows worship elements to guide us through our Lenten study:

  • Gathering: Forming Community
  • Invocation: Attending to the Holy
  • Confession: Honest to God
  • Proclamation: Gospel as Truth-Telling
  • Creed: Owning the Faith
  • Response: Stepping Out
  • Sacrament: Holy Week

Indermark offers scripture and reflections that directly address Good Friday and the cross. Each day closes with a suggestion for reflection, and the book includes a group guide for small-group study from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday.

Our eCourse includes:

  • A live webinar with author John Indermark (Monday, March 6 at 6:30pm Central time)
  • Daily readings for each day of Lent (all essential content from Worship in Light of the Cross is included)
  • Audio recordings of scripture
  • A daily thought for each day via email
  • A place for discussion with others enrolled in the course

Register alone, and you'll be entered in a group with others around the world who are taking this eCourse together.

Join as a group of 5, 10, 15, or 20 and we'll open a private classroom for your group. For Questions about or to register for a private classroom, email us at

All essential content from Worship in Light of the Cross is included in our eCourse. If you would like a print or electronic copy of the book, you may order it at The Upper Room Bookstore.

Your Instructor

John Indermark
John Indermark

John Indermark is a minister of the United Church of Christ and a graduate of Eden Theological Seminary. His ministry currently consists of writing Christian Education curricula for The New International Lesson Annual, Feasting on the Word, and The Present Word. John has authored a number of spiritual formation books published by Upper Room Books, and three books published by Abingdon Press.

John is (mostly) retired from parish ministry, where he served full-time pastorates and later part-time transitional ministries in various Presbyterian and Lutheran congregations in Washington and northwest Oregon. Most recently he served as visiting associate pastor at Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo, Hawaii.

Since his wife Judy’s retirement from service as a 911 dispatcher, John and Judy have split their time between their home in Naselle, Washington and travels in the Southwest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who sponsors these online courses?
These eCourses are sponsored by The Upper Room.
What if I am unhappy with the eCourse?
We don’t want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days, and we will give you a full refund.
How long do I have to access the eCourse?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like—across any devices you own. We’ll give you plenty of notice should we need to close or move the eCourse.
When does the eCourse start and finish?
The eCourse starts when you are ready to begin and will remain open indefinitely. It’s self-paced, so you can decide when to start and when to finish. For Lent 2017, our Open Group will work through the eCourse together beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 1) and closing on Easter Sunday (April 16).

Be ready to begin on March 1!