Announcements April 12 – 18

Happy Easter! Services and most congregational activities continue to be canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will resume our regular activities as soon as the government decides it is safe to do so. John is planning to create a YouTube video of Sunday’s service and all future services, until we can start getting together again. He will send out the link that you need to access the video by e-mail each Sunday morning, hopefully by 10:30. Believe it or not, it takes a good hour-and-a-half to upload a half-hour service to YouTube! He will also send out the full script of the service, which can be printed for any relative or friend who doesn’t have access to the internet.

The Christian Year – April 12 is Easter Sunday, the third of the four major annual festivals around which the Christian Year is structured (the others being Christmas, Epiphany, and Pentecost). Easter is the joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus (Matthew 28.1-20, and parallel passages). On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the power and love of God, which triumphed over the forces of evil and death, reversing the tragic events of Good Friday. We also re-live the joy of Jesus’ first disciples, as they learned that Jesus was indeed alive again. As well, we celebrate the promise that all who believe in Jesus will themselves be raised from death to eternal life, just as he was. Easter is the oldest and greatest of our Christian festivals. The date of Easter Sunday is “movable”, which means that it changes every year. However, the season of Easter is of fixed length, comprising 50 days (eight Sundays), beginning on Easter Sunday and ending on Pentecost, the festival celebrating the giving of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers. The symbolic color for Easter is white, signifying joy and celebration.

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