Easter sermons

I still don’t know what I’m going to say at the Sunrise Service on Easter. Given the weather forecast I may not be able to say much through shivering teeth. It may not be above 30 at 6:00 AM on Easter morning, with possibly some snow to go with it. Perfect conditions for a beach service.

I have known what I want to say at 10:00 for about a month. I’ve been looking forward to this sermon. Easter is such a great celebration. It is definitely my favorite day in church. The music, flowers, and excited children make it a wonderful time. I’ve been really wanting Easter this year—a little resurrection is always nice in one’s life.

Since some people do come to both services, and they are such different settings, I always preach different messages. The Sunrise Service is, of course, very informal and shorter (especially in cold weather) and so I try to connect to the place with a meditation for the morning. The 10:00 calls for something much more grand and exciting.

I was just surfing some minister websites and blogs to see what others are doing. Everyone seems to be as confounded as me—many are much more confused. It becomes difficult to think about Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then Easter all in one week.

I’m letting Maundy Thursday be what it is. It is a service that doesn’t need to be mucked up with any thoughts by me. The communion and Tenebrae service makes the feelings of the week more real than any sermon I could preach. If you haven’t been to a Maundy Thursday service before, I highly recommend it. Easter has much more of an impact if you have experienced the betrayal, desertion and death of Jesus. Tonight’s service is at 7:00 in the sanctuary.

I think I’ll go visit the beach today. See what inspiration may come from sand and the waves.

Don’t let the cold weather scare you off from the Sunrise Service—the only time we cancel it is when it is pouring rain. Though, even then a few of us go anyway and say some prayers under the protection of the small portico—just dress warmly! And, don’t worry, I’m sure I think of something to say by Sunday.

Easter’s affirmation of hope and life is always needed in every one of our lives. I hope to see you on Easter to share the good news and to hear of your affirmation of life.


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