Easter services, Passover and other celebrations during COVID-19

Posted by lioness @lioness, Apr 9 1:57pm

Since we are all staying home and there is no physical church we can go to on this important day in the believers life I wanted to ask you how are you celebrating Easter . Are you reading the Bible again the Easter story , Some of us are going to open the windows at 10 a.m. PST and sing Amazing Grace want to join us in your time zone this is one way how else are you celebrating the resurrection of our Lord?

@lioness I received a call this morning that we will have Easter Services! Church members just need to drive to church and stay in their cars in the parking lot and the service will be broadcast over the FM radio in your car. They haven't given us the frequency yet but I imagine it will be on a sign when we get to the parking lot.

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@johnbishop

@lioness I received a call this morning that we will have Easter Services! Church members just need to drive to church and stay in their cars in the parking lot and the service will be broadcast over the FM radio in your car. They haven't given us the frequency yet but I imagine it will be on a sign when we get to the parking lot.

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@johnbishop That's great and one way to be with others this Easter

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The churches at both of our homes have services on line. One live, the other recorded. So far we have attended Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday services.
Sunday we will have a sunrise service in our large courtyard, then attend our regular church online.
Six of us are using our park's food service kitchen to prepare "takeout" Easter dinner for our neighbors, paid for by our park owner and activity fund. This is a modification of our longstanding annual tradition. Each family or household will send one person to pick up their packaged dinners to take home at the designated time. Please don't worry about safety – one of our group is a retired sanitation inspector, another a food service instructor & several are certified commercial food handlers. We spent a lot of time planning how to safely sanitize the kitchen and prepare and serve the food – including masks, gloves, disposable containers, cancelling the potluck feature, no contact pickup of each order…
We felt it was especially important to provide this touch of normality as so many are feeling the loss of normal activities.
Sue

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@lioness Yes I always enjoy reading my Bible and I have been really enjoying a new series on Jesus called The Chosen, it has inspired me to study even more than before. But for Easter my Church is going to have a sunrise service in the parking lot of the Church and maintain separation per the rules and for me I have a co operator of our Livestream equipment and he is going to setup a camera to view the service in the parking lot for us that are compromised and can't attend. I thank God all the time we decided to start Livestreaming. There were critics at first but now all the older folks of our Church and Happy. We have got a following from a few other countries also. Like the Philippians and and South Korea. our regular service will be Livestreaming also. So even tho I miss my Church family at least I get to see them in the chat box during the service.

@johnbishop That is an awesome Idea that my church is doing something similar. I never thought of the FM radio idea that a great way to reach everyone.

Well I have felt a real positive feeling from the Holy Spirit that time is short and I am excited to see my Savior soon. I just find it kinda interesting that at the original Passover from Egypt some 3500 years ago that the final plague a type of pestilence forced all believers into there houses while the Plague went thru Egypt. Just before there deliverance!!

God Bless you All
Dana

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@sueinmn

The churches at both of our homes have services on line. One live, the other recorded. So far we have attended Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday services.
Sunday we will have a sunrise service in our large courtyard, then attend our regular church online.
Six of us are using our park's food service kitchen to prepare "takeout" Easter dinner for our neighbors, paid for by our park owner and activity fund. This is a modification of our longstanding annual tradition. Each family or household will send one person to pick up their packaged dinners to take home at the designated time. Please don't worry about safety – one of our group is a retired sanitation inspector, another a food service instructor & several are certified commercial food handlers. We spent a lot of time planning how to safely sanitize the kitchen and prepare and serve the food – including masks, gloves, disposable containers, cancelling the potluck feature, no contact pickup of each order…
We felt it was especially important to provide this touch of normality as so many are feeling the loss of normal activities.
Sue

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That awesome Sue the preparing the food for others.

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@danab @sueinmn Both of those are so inspiring . The Spirit is leading here in our world I hope and the thought of what danab said related me to NOah and the ark that the rainbow is his promise never to flood the world ? Is this another type of flood?

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Most of the churches in my area are doing live streaming services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. On Sunday, I usually view two services from two different churches, one at 10 a.m. and another at 11 a.m. This year I will really miss hearing the choir and congregation singing "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." There is nothing to compare to hearing that song being sung with a full choir and a full congregation. Anyone else going to miss that?

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@hopeful33250 Yes I love that song and miss singing in the choir it was a joy to sing . I too have found some services on line today I will be watching the Good Friday service take care be safe

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Hi everyone and Easter Blessings to the Christian Believers out there. I’m Cheryl. I live in the Twin Cities, MN metro area. I’m a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, MN. My church has been live streaming Wednesday night Lenten services, a daily inspirational/devotional message on Facebook and Live streaming Sunday Services. Tonight is a Good Friday live stream service. Go to the web page Calvary.org

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@cehunt57

Hi everyone and Easter Blessings to the Christian Believers out there. I’m Cheryl. I live in the Twin Cities, MN metro area. I’m a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, MN. My church has been live streaming Wednesday night Lenten services, a daily inspirational/devotional message on Facebook and Live streaming Sunday Services. Tonight is a Good Friday live stream service. Go to the web page Calvary.org

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Thank you for sharing that information, @cehunt57. Wishing you a blessed Easter!

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It has been uplifting to listen to various groups sing the traditional Easter Hymns on You Tube. This year will be most difficult for my husband. He hasn't missed a Resurrection Sunday Service in 75 years. All his adult life he has been involved in the music aspect either as organist, pianist, or worship team member. Our pastor is doing an on-line sermon as he has done for the past four Sundays. I am also planning to watch Franklin Graham speak at 10am EST on FOX News.

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So excited today –
In the dark, 3 of us delivered little bags of Easter candy to each doorstep.
Then our tiny community had sunrise Easter service in the road, with social distancing, led by a retired pastor, and sung by two of our talented ladies. The message was accompanied by singing birds instead of ringing church bells, and felt very peaceful and hopeful. Afterward, we were served homemade Hot Cross buns and orange juice.
We are preparing and serving a takeout ham dinner to 80 in our community, and it smells heavenly already. Yesterday I prepared 30 lb of whipped sweet potatoes and we filled portion containers with condiments. This morning my husband and our resident chef will carve the hams, and we will have 6 people in the large commercial kitchen, filling the containers. One (young) member will hand pre-packed bags out the door to one member of each household, while I deliver meals to the doors of those not able to pick them up….
These effort is heartwarming because it FEELS like a holiday and we are making things a little more normal for our friends and neighbors. For those of us preparing, the masks and gloves are a constant reminder to exercise the utmost care to keep everyone safe, and it will feel strange not sharing the table, but at least it is something we can do.
Later we will share Easter dinner via Zoom with our kids and grandkids. Last night the Easter Bunny, assisted by a dear friend, delivered Easter baskets to their doorsteps.
Stay calm, stay safe, stay hopeful
Sue

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@sueinmn

So excited today –
In the dark, 3 of us delivered little bags of Easter candy to each doorstep.
Then our tiny community had sunrise Easter service in the road, with social distancing, led by a retired pastor, and sung by two of our talented ladies. The message was accompanied by singing birds instead of ringing church bells, and felt very peaceful and hopeful. Afterward, we were served homemade Hot Cross buns and orange juice.
We are preparing and serving a takeout ham dinner to 80 in our community, and it smells heavenly already. Yesterday I prepared 30 lb of whipped sweet potatoes and we filled portion containers with condiments. This morning my husband and our resident chef will carve the hams, and we will have 6 people in the large commercial kitchen, filling the containers. One (young) member will hand pre-packed bags out the door to one member of each household, while I deliver meals to the doors of those not able to pick them up….
These effort is heartwarming because it FEELS like a holiday and we are making things a little more normal for our friends and neighbors. For those of us preparing, the masks and gloves are a constant reminder to exercise the utmost care to keep everyone safe, and it will feel strange not sharing the table, but at least it is something we can do.
Later we will share Easter dinner via Zoom with our kids and grandkids. Last night the Easter Bunny, assisted by a dear friend, delivered Easter baskets to their doorsteps.
Stay calm, stay safe, stay hopeful
Sue

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@sueinmn – Bless you and all the folks helping with the service to the members of your community! What an awesome way to celebrate Easter. Our Easter in-car service has been cancelled due to the snow storm so it's another stay at home day for me and watch the service on my computer. Happy Easter and Blessings to all!

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@johnbishop

@sueinmn – Bless you and all the folks helping with the service to the members of your community! What an awesome way to celebrate Easter. Our Easter in-car service has been cancelled due to the snow storm so it's another stay at home day for me and watch the service on my computer. Happy Easter and Blessings to all!

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@johnbishop After we gather our (very small for us!) group of brother, sis-in-law and a few friends on a patio, we will watch the Mass from our home church on video. For some reason feeling the need for extra prayer and faith-filled messages at this time. So sorry your drive-by service was cancelled.
Blessings!
Sue

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@johnbishop . Sorry your service was canceled I watched Easter service by Dr Stanley today what an inspiring service he had They sang He Lives and I sang along then opened my window and serenaded the neighborhood with He Rose and Amazing Grace . I felt this Easter was more important to do in light of the cronovirus. Bless you and everyone else this Easter and throughout the year . May we all stay safe,face mask and gloves wash hands

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