The good news of Easter is so glorious it can hardly be contained in a single day’s celebration. For that reason, many expressions of the Church worldwide recognize Easter Sunday as only the first of fifty days of a season called Eastertide – the “Great Fifty Days” that lead up to Pentecost. While the liturgical calendar is not really part of the the tradition here at Grace Covenant, we can still find benefit by contemplating some of its symbolic highlights. The season of Eastertide is designed for extended celebration, for exploring the ramifications of Easter for the redemption of all creation, and for joyful Christian living.
Our service this week follows the same pattern as previous weeks, more so like those of Sundays prior to Palm Sunday and Easter.
As we have encouraged every week, please consider inviting others to join your worship time through Zoom, Skype, etc. – someone who lives by themselves, other families, etc.
Print out the .pdf of the worship outline so that each person has the tools for participating in the service. You can find the .pdf by clicking GCPC April 19 Worship, or at the top of the Digital Worship Outline.
Take a look at the service, and assign the various parts before you sit down together.
As it has been for all previous weeks, videos of the songs and the message will be embedded into our digital April 19 Worship Service Outline, and will be available for viewing by 8am on Sunday April 19. These are provided as resources to be used when you come to them in their respective places in the service.
Please know that while we are still apart, and we are likely to continue to be apart for several more weeks, we – our Staff, Session, and Deacons – continue to pray for you, and we are thankful to know you are praying for us and for one another. In particular, with an eye toward the Lord’s Day, we pray the Holy Spirit will your fill your time worship, and that if will be a day of renewal in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And now, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12.2)