Easter celebrates the central truth of the Christian story, that God’s grace and love are more powerful than sin and death. We see a sign of resurrection in the return of Spring and fill the sanctuary with beautiful flowers. We sing “Alleluia!” and dare to hope in the truth of this good news. Yet the story of that first Easter show us that even Jesus’ followers were at least as confused as they were hopeful on the morning of the resurrection.
Our scripture for Easter morning tells the story of Mary Magdalene’s discovery of the open tomb. At first she cannot make sense of the scene before her. First, it’s too dark to see clearly. And fear gets the best of her. She runs to tell the others that Jesus’ body has been taken away. We can hardly blame her for panicking. She cannot possibly imagine what has taken place. She returns to the tomb with Peter and another disciple. They go in and see that it is empty. But Mary stays outside, weeping at what appears to be the scene of a crime. When Jesus appears and speaks to her, even then she does not recognize him. But when he calls her by name, suddenly the darkness lifts. She can see him now in the light of this new day. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Seeing Through Tears,” is John 20:1-18.
If you want to greet the dawn, our Sunrise Service will be held in the Meditation Garden at 6:15, where April will lead an encouraging and hopeful time of worship. Cinnamon rolls and coffee will follow.
Our regular Easter morning worship begins early with services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. We’ll have hot cross buns and other good things at 7:30 for those who can’t wait to come! We’ll sing some of the most joyful music of the year, and all three services will conclude with the “Hallelujah” chorus. At 11 a.m. we will commission our mission team as they prepare to head to Weed, CA, for a much needed rebuilding project after the 2014 fire.
At 3rd service the ensemble will be joined by award-winning blues guitarist, and husband of Patti, Doug MacLeod, along with their son, Jesse. Doug and Jesse will share songs from Doug’s upcoming album, including “Break the Chain.”
Whether you celebrate Easter in the morning, the evening, or all day long, we look forward to sharing it with you!
See you at church!