by Pastor Mark
I still donâ€™t know what Iâ€™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. Iâ€™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. Iâ€™ve been really wanting Easter this yearâ€”a little resurrection is always nice in oneâ€™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 meâ€”many are much more confused. It becomes difficult to think about Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and then Easter all in one week.
Iâ€™m letting Maundy Thursday be what it is. It is a service that doesnâ€™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 havenâ€™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. Tonightâ€™s service is at 7:00 in the sanctuary.
I think Iâ€™ll go visit the beach today. See what inspiration may come from sand and the waves.
Donâ€™t let the cold weather scare you off from the Sunrise Serviceâ€”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 porticoâ€”just dress warmly! And, donâ€™t worry, Iâ€™m sure I think of something to say by Sunday.
Easterâ€™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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