Easter is such a grand holiday in the life of the church. People make an extra effort to attend worship. Folks tend to dress up a bit more on that Sunday. There is a definite sense of excitement in the air.
Let me share with you today what I saw on Sunday and throughout Holy Week.
I saw Melanie Ellington and Linda Enders (and maybe some others, too) adorning our sanctuary on different days in order to create a visual environment that assisted us in worship.
I saw Rick Regen and Rick Francis and Myers Jones and Becky and Doug Jensen (and maybe some others, too) welcoming folks into the church and making sure they were cared for.
I saw Peter Cassidy and Eric Culler and Steve Shearer back in the “control booth”, working hard and with little fanfare to make sure the services ran smoothly.
I saw Ray Jones thanklessly videotaping the services—a ministry not only for those who might want to “look” at us on the website, but also for those who can’t leave their homes and would like to still participate in worship.
I saw the choir create an amazing atmosphere of worship with their cantata—split between the last two Sundays—as well as leading worship on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. They were all awesome!
I saw members of the Jubilee Sunday School Class help create a wonderful Easter breakfast enjoyed by everybody.
I saw Carol McDonough use her “acting chops” to lead our Readers Theater for the Sunrise Service.
I saw Kim McDonough ring a large bell 39 times on Good Friday to remind us of the 39 lashes of Jesus. That wasn’t an easy thing to do.
I saw Liz Robertson and Denise Jungmichel (and several others) lead our children through a fun morning of activities.
I saw our youth hide hundreds of eggs so our children could have an amazing experience outside.
I saw the “Resurrection Rolls” baked by Carol Sircy for our children’s activities.
I saw dozens of folks join the choir out of the congregation to sing “The Hallelujah Chorus”—which was glorious.
I saw three families join our congregation and we are thrilled to welcome them.
I saw your church staff working extraordinarily hard on your behalf this week. More, even, than you might know. I’ve been battling a cough and hoarseness for a few weeks. With Holy Week’s extra services I wasn’t sure if I could hold out. Your staff stepped in and took leadership in so many ways and I am deeply grateful to them. We are SO fortunate to have them all.
This is what makes the church, The Church. So many folks stepping up to help make us better. If I forgot to mention anyone who did something amazing this week, please accept me apology and my thanks for your contributions.
He Is Risen! Alleluia!
Kristin Clark-Banks is the pastor of Forest Hills UMC.