Last night, I had went out to eat with some friends from church.
Over the drunken noodles and the pad thai, the topic of Easter came up. One of my friend wanted to know if I was interested in going to a service with her on Sunday to celebrate Easter. The service was being held at one of the large non-Adventist church’s downtown. Having no other options, at least at our church, this seemed to me like a great idea.
This conversation stands in direct contrast with one I had with another friend a couple weeks before. It was after the worship service, and she found out that I, along with a few other friends, were organizing a Good Friday vespers with readings, prayers, etc. She was surprised. “You celebrate Easter?” (By “you”, I believe she was both referring to both the congregation and me.)
Surprisingly, we actually ended up having a nice conversation about the pagan origins of the holiday.
Both friends, I should clarify, are “young adults” from church.
Anyway, at our church, we’ll be observing Good Friday, largely because my friends are putting it together a vespers service, but there’s no Easter service on Sunday. (I’m not sure what we’ll be doing on Sabbath, but a full-blown out Easter service seems a day premature.)
All this brings some questions to mind. What are the attitudes you encounter at your church towards Easter? Are they largely positive/negative/indifferent?
Does your local church celebrate Easter? If so, is the service actually on Sunday?
What will you be planning/participating in any Easter type programs/services? Do you have any ideas that others could use, especially ones that might be effective with young adults?