As Christians, Easter is the holiest of holy days. As much as we love Christmas and of course we do, Easter is the day of the resurrection without which we are nothing. Easter celebrates the central defining event of the Christian faith.
This year we have been struggling with a virus that has brought much of modern life to a halt. We have gone into hiding. Earlier it was hoped that by Easter the virus might be under control and we would gather on this holy day. The church leadership and I have concluded that this year gathering on Easter will be impossible. We have cancelled services on Easter day for this year.
This decision was not easy, our hearts are broken, but we look forward with an ardent hope. Easter will come this year as it always has. We will just not gather. The virus is too contagious and too deadly and we will not risk our church members or our larger community.
When the virus has subsided, and we gather again we plan to celebrate with a Palm Sunday/Easter service as a way of celebrating the return to worship of our church. It is said that in the Christian church every Sunday is a little Easter. We want our return to church worship to celebrate the hope found in the resurrected Christ.
We want to extend our thanks and gratitude to everyone who has been working to provide the Easter service and we want to thank those who have been tasked with making difficult decisions. May God bless our church.