Today is the day the Church has historically called Holy Saturday, the day of waiting between Jesus’ crucifixion and death, and his resurrection. Today is the last day of Holy Week during which we remember Christ’s passion and death, and before we celebrate His resurrection.
If you were in church last week on Palm Sunday, you will remember that at the end of the service the sanctuary was stripped of all its color—the purple paraments hanging from the altar, pulpit and lectern, the green palms, and the white candles from the altar were all removed, draining the space of life and color. Even the Bible was carried out. During Thursday’s Maundy Thursday service and last night’s Good Friday service the sanctuary was left in a dim light for worship, after which the congregation left in silence.
Tomorrow the day of waiting comes to an end, as we celebrate the Good News of Easter morning. The day begins with a 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise service on the front lawn. Kylie Haskins will lead the service.
Right now the early morning weather looks chilly — cloudy with temperatures in the low-mid 40s — so put a coat on and come join other early birds for early Easter morning worship. We are often joined by several local residents who attend the Sunrise Service each year.
There is No Sunday School tomorrow (though child care in the nursery will be provided), but a 9:00 a.m. Easter brunch awaits you in the Fellowship Room.
Easter worship at 10:00 a.m. begins with the historic proclamation “Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” and is followed by the wonderful Easter hymn, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” We also will be singing the hauntingly beautiful “The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done” and “Sing with All the Saints in Glory.” Michael Silvester is coordinating our 4-part brass accompaniment and the Sanctuary Choir will be singing the joyful, “The Day of Resurrection”
At the conclusion of the service, you are invited to come to the chancel area to join in the singing of the Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” We have plenty of music so everyone who wants to sing is encouraged to come forward. The rest of us can simply enjoy the power and beauty of the music.
The day promises to be full of power, wonder, glorious music, celebration and praise. I look forward to seeing you in church, and encourage you to invite a friend or family member to join you on this special day.
Easter blessings to you all.
P.S. The memorial service for our beloved Jennie Conroy is this morning (Saturday), and takes place at Memorial Funeral Home on 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. The gathering begins at 11:30, and Su Iliff, who has been a good friend to Jennie, will officiate.
Cards or notes of condolence may be sent to her sister, Martha Miller, at 420 River Road, Apt. G10, Chatham, NJ 07828.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Westfield FUMC can be made in Jennie’s memory.