It is finished. One Easter morning, in my first country parish in South Australia, I had an encounter at the door of the church that I will never forget. It was a moment that gathered me into the way that the good news of the resurrection of our Lord changes us to be people of hope.
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.
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.