President’s Easter Letter
April 8, 2020
Behold, Behold I make all things new…. MV #115
Easter is going to be very different this year isn’t it?
I remember Easter in my home congregation of First St. Andrews in London. There was a sunrise service, a 9:30am service and an 11:00am service. All these services were packed. In fact, one year in my angsty teenage years I was responsible for making my family late for church.
By the time we got there before 11:00 a.m. I might add, the ushers could find no room for a family of six except up in the chancel area, facing the congregation. I am fairly sure my father never, ever, forgave me for that.
Over the years, and especially the ones that I have been in ministry for, Easter has been very different each year. Some Easter’s there have been 5 services to do, others one or two depending on the number of points I had on the pastoral charge. But one thing has remained constant and that is I have always had a full church on Easter Sunday, no matter where in the country I have been.
This year I anticipate an empty church building, but I still expect a full church. Beginning on March 22nd I have hosted worship by Zoom for my community of faith. As I said I anticipate a full house this Easter, it will just not be in the church building. The Sunrise Service will take place on my back deck, and worship will be held via my home office. It is weird to be preaching from a seated position and looking into a computer screen.
There was a meme going around I think last week about the first Easter morning. It reminded us that on the very first Easter morning only Jesus and Mary Magdalene (John’s gospel), in Luke’s gospel 3 women, Mary Magdalene, Mary, and Joanna, in Mark, Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome, and in Matthew Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, were present. Later, in the evening it expanded to the 11 disciples hiding in the Upper Room.
My point being that the number who witnessed the first Easter were very few. You might feel alone this Easter worshipping however you can. But you are not alone. Our Lord Jesus Christ is with you. Behind, Beside and Before. We don’t need a packed church building to celebrate the resurrection. We have the assurance from our scripture that wherever we are God is. Resurrection hope stands at the very centre of our faith.
May God be with your community of faith, this Easter and the season beyond it,
Rev. Kate Young,
Horseshoe Falls Regional Council