April 2, 2020

Easter Us

Written by: Julia Smolucha

By The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest

When Jesus entered Jerusalem in the last week of his life, people shouted “hosanna.” With relief their prayers had been answered.

How quickly he went from savior to criminal and later corpse.

Three days later, in the early morning silence, several women experienced the shock of Jesus’ empty tomb. Some disciples fled. Some locked themselves in a room.

Over time and in community, people came to believe, truly believe, in the hope revealed by Jesus’ resurrection.

In light of the gospel message, today’s news can be endured with strength beyond what we might imagine. Here are the ways we invite you to experience Easter in 2020:

  • Attend as many of the Holy Week sessions online Monday–Friday at 9 a.m. to remember Jesus’ Last Week.
  • Engage in a new worship service, Quiet Easter on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Submit your photos and prayers of hope by Wednesday, April 15.

Walter Brueggeman wrote the plea “Easter us” in a poem by for God to take us from the despair we feel and turn us toward a gift of grace.  In a world of perpetual Good Friday bad news, Christians live with Easter hope.  Easter us now, oh God.