Easter is an all-day celebration in the Batak churches of Indonesia. Beginning at around 5.00am, the program of worship, seminars, food and activities, however, does more than celebrate an important faith festival.
Usually a time of full churches and family gatherings to commemorate the death and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus, Easter 2020 was unlike any other. But despite churches being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Lutheran family showed initiative and resourcefulness in caring for one another.
Dear Christian friends, On Tuesday morning, as the TV showed scenes of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral collapsing in flames, I couldn’t help reflecting, as perhaps you did, that of all the weeks for this tragedy to occur, Holy Week is the most poignant.
They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. (Acts 10:39–40 NIV) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In these few words the book of Acts lays out the bare bones of Easter. They (human beings) killed… Read more
As he prepared for his betrayal, arrest, ‘trial’ and death, Jesus prayed for the unity of all believers. Inspired by that prayer, churches at Rockhampton in Queensland will join for Easter in a powerful witness.