I will never forget this Easter in the middle of Lockdown 2020. Thanks so much to Rosebank Union Church, Pastor Richard and the other pastors, Michael and the tech guys, the worship team and everybody involved in making these lockdown Easter services so special.
On Friday morning we watched an excellent compilation of images, narrative, scripture, worship, sermon and prayer, followed by a live communion service. We prepared our own elements and shared communion with those locked down with us. This is something we’ve never experienced with our family before.
Our church’s outreach arm, Rays of Hope, who work with vulnerable families in Alexandra, had a break-in last week and, among other things, all their masks due for distribution to the poor in Alex were stolen. They have called on the congregation to make fabric masks – we need 1 600. So Saturday saw me sewing masks.
Today, Resurrection Sunday, our church really outdid itself! The service was streamed live and included our own worship team, singing together through digital technology, our amazing ventriloquist with the children’s message, and a rousing and victorious sermon. Well done everybody.
After doing an Easter egg hunt, the family decided to share Easter eggs with our four immediate neighbours.
Again, something we’ve never done before. Perhaps this will lead to closer relationships with our neighbours.
We enjoyed a shared lunch under the gazebo which everybody thoroughly enjoyed, despite snacking on Easter eggs during the morning.
Perhaps this special Easter will grow tendrils into our future, helping us re-examine the things we take for granted and the things we’ve always done a certain way because that is the way we were brought up.
As Christ has died for reconciliation, let us be reconciled to God, our neighbours, our planet and ourselves. Happy Easter!