Pastors share thoughts on Easter, Holy Week

By Staff
Johnson: "Regular Easter morning services with emphasis on Jesus Christ's resurrection."
Leake: "This Sunday there will be a processional in recognition of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On Thursday evening, we will celebrate Maundy Thursday, with an observance of the Lord's Supper and on Easter Sunday, there will be worship services at 8:30 and 11. The focus of these will be the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We invite all who will to join us."
Naylor: "The week begins with worship service observing Palm Sunday. From there, mid-week worship Wednesday evening. And finally, Sunday morning, the day begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m., worship at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m."
The Star: What are your thoughts on secular Easter traditions, such as the Easter Bunny?
Brubaker: "Secular traditions for special seasons of the year are fine as long as we don't confuse the secular and religious. Easter is such a wonderful season of the natural world when life is coming back in all its glorious splendor blossoms and the greening of trees and shrubs, warm weather, baby animals, birds returning, etc. So the religious concept of spiritual new life' has an equal in the natural world which we should be celebrating also. After all, God is the creator of all things!"
Burkhart: "What can I say? This is the day the bunny gets credit for what the chicken does everyday!
Johnson: "I think because of traditions, many children and adults miss the real meaning of Easter. That is why we (our church) place no emphasis or even mention those traditions."
Leake: "Easter traditions run the gamut. From a frilly new dress for little girls and a new suit for little boys to wear to church, to Easter bonnets for the ladies, to the Easter basket and Easter bunny and social occasions like Easter egg hunts. When I think of them, I smile … and I guess that's as it should be. Easter really is a happy time."
Naylor: "As long as we keep the bunny in the proper perspective, and I do mean proper, no harm."

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