Reflecting on Holy Week
What a glorious Easter Weekend we just enjoyed! The weather was ideal. I believe it was as beautiful an Easter Weekend as I can remember. With the azaleas and dogwoods in bloom and the bright blue sky, it was an exceptionally lovely Easter. It was especially nice weather for the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. We had 21 children and each of them appeared to enjoy the hunt very much. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Easter Egg Hunt a tremendous success.
Yet, the beauty of God’s creation did not surpass the joy that I felt with our Holy Week and Easter Sunday services. The Maundy Thursday service was outstanding. The Rev. Mark Landrum, Missionary for Jews for Jesus, presented “Christ in the Passover.” Thanks to his interpretation of the Seder, it was possible to clearly understand how Messiah Jesus may be seen in the Passover celebration. We had great attendance and welcomed our friends from Christian Fellowship Baptist Church. Their pastor, Dr. Keith Reynolds, thought they might have 20 come, but they had about 50 people attend.
I cannot say enough good things about our Easter Sunday Worship Service. From the beautiful organ prelude to the postlude, it was a wonderful service. Sacha Hall sang a moving interpretation of “Were You There,” and later in the service she and Becky Blair sang a powerful duet version of “This Blood.” I love singing traditional Easter hymns and preaching on the impact of the Resurrection of Christ. This Easter Sunday was especially meaningful.
The remainder of April has several exciting events, but this season doesn’t end with Easter Sunday. The Easter season continues until the Day of Pentecost (50 days after Passover.) So, Easter isn’t really over… but then for all of us who believe in the Resurrected Lord Jesus, Easter is never over. As we sang Sunday, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” and He is Risen today and tomorrow and every tomorrow for all eternity. Thanks be to God!
~Pastor Jeff Lowe