March 16, 2016 in Church News
This Saturday, children will have an opportunity to come to Cross of Glory and take part in a time-honored Easter tradition–hunting for Easter eggs. Have you ever wondered about the connection between Easter and eggs? What do plastic eggs filled with candy have to do with Jesus’ resurrection from the dead?
There was actually a connection between Spring time and eggs long before the day Jesus rose from the dead. Numerous pagan cultures used the egg as a symbol of new life and connected it to this time of the year when new life can be seen springing from the death of Winter.
Some Christians may feel uncomfortable that our Easter celebration includes what was originally a pagan symbol. I see it, rather, as an expression of Biblical truth–that all human beings are born with some knowledge of God based on their observation of nature. Even without faith in the one true God, pagan nations could see a Creator at work and see that the concept of new life out of death was hard-wired into his creation. And so they used the egg to symbolize this universal truth.
As Christians, we are able to appreciate this symbolism of the egg and add to it the spiritual reality that has been revealed to us in the Scriptures. As the egg symbolizes new life, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead brings us spiritual life. The tomb cracks open and from it bursts our salvation! As we witness the joy of children discovering a small treat inside a plastic egg, we have the opportunity to share with them the true joy of discovering forgiveness and new life inside the empty tomb.
Hosanna in the Highest
Isaiah 45:22-25; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 19:28-40
Hymn of the Day:
“No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet” (CWS #716)
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Easter for Kids ~ Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 19th
We will be holding our Easter for Kids event this Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m. Children are invited to participate in a fun egg hunt at Cross of Glory. We will also have special Easter-themed projects for the children to enjoy. We would love to see as many children from our Cross of Glory extended family and the neighborhood at this event. Please come and join the fun (and bring a friend or two!).
Maundy Thursday (March 24th) – 6:30 p.m.
We gather to commemorate the night on which Jesus was betrayed–the night he instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Following the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the service concludes with a solemn stripping of the altar.
Good Friday (March 25th) – 7 p.m.
In our Good Friday Tenebrae Service, candles are extinguished one by one as we hear the Savior’s words from the cross. The service ends in complete darkness and a loud sound (strepitus) reminds us of the closing of the tomb.
Easter Vigil (March 26th) – 8 p.m.
In the early church, the Saturday of Holy Week was called the “Great Sabbath.” It was a day of meditation, fasting, and reflection in preparation for Easter. The Easter Vigil has been celebrated regularly since the days of Constantine the Great (300 A.D.)
This ancient service begins around a new fire kindled outside and continues with a candlelit processional into the darkened church. We remember our Baptism, our Savior God, and his death. The second half of the service bursts forth in Easter joy as we begin the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Easter Holy Communion is served.
Easter Festival Service (March 27th) – 10:30 a.m.
(Easter Breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m.)
This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Our 10:30 service on Easter Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection victory. We sing the great Easter hymns of the church with a variety of musical accompaniment. We hear the Easter message of hope and joy. Christ is risen, indeed!
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