On this night, Jesus shared a Passover Seder with his disciples. Fascinatingly, God chose family meals for this most holy worship service, when Jewish families remember God’s mercy that delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt. This Passover meal previewed Jesus’ mercy that rescues us from slavery to sin and Satan.
On Thursday, we want you to eat together as households. If you live alone, schedule a video call with your church family or relatives. Prepare the nicest table and dinner you can, leaving an empty chair as a symbol of Jesus the Messiah’s presence with you. Please, include seven candles on your table (any candles will do). Also prepare a small basin of warm water and a towel.
We’ll gather together for virtual worship Thursday, April 9, at 7:00pm as we remember Jesus’ last actions with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion. We’ll ponder the mystery of Jesus’ sacrificial death in our place and for our sin.
Easter Online at 6:30AM and 10:30AM
Sunday is Easter, when we celebrate the greatest day in human history, when Jesus rose from the dead conquering sin, death, and Hell. There is no greater victory! While COVID-19 ravages lives and economies, we mourn the pain, while rejoicing that one day all will be made right. As a church, we will celebrate all day Sunday in our own ways. We encourage you to make Sunday into a Feast Day in whatever ways you can – great music, art, outdoors, dance parties, phone calls, delicious food, fireworks, etc. Whatever you can put together to celebrate.
As a congregation, we’ll worship together online at 6:30AM for Easter Sunrise Service. During this simple service, we’ll remember the hopelessness of the tomb while transitioning into the glory of hope of the resurrection.
We’ll gather again online at 10:30AM for our main Easter Worship Service. You can participate in the service in several ways: by Friday, send Andrew separate, short videos of you saying, “Christ is Risen,” and “He is Risen, Indeed!” and your best shout of victory (loud cheer of excitement).
here’s how to send the videos without losing quality
Easter at Oakland is a party with a purpose. The Resurrection of Jesus proves that every sin which separated us from God is forgiven and all the divisions between us as people have been overcome. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we incorporated into the Body of Christ and so intimately connected to God and each other.
To celebrate these connections, we invite you as a family or an individual to make a collage depicting your spiritual journey and your spiritual family.
This art project can be done while you are home that we will then put together as one big piece of art. Below are links to a How To Guide Document; a How To Video; a Folder full of vintage Oakland Photos; and a sample collage. When we are able to get together, we are going to put all our collages together into one giant collage of Oakland’s faith journeys and spiritual families. We can’t wait to see the ways we are all different and have different paths, but are all connected through the one body of Christ.
God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us, and he has given us the work of making peace between himself and others. 2 Cor 5:18
We know that the stay home orders are for the best, but we are also really sad that this has caused us to miss some of our favorite events. Well, these dark and lonely times seem like the perfect time to celebrate that Jesus is our Glow of Hope! This Thursday would have been our annual Glow of Hope party for the kids, where the entire back of the church would have been transformed into a glow in the dark party where we are reminded that even in the darkest times we can find light and hope because we know that Easter is coming, we know that Jesus is not dead, and we know that there is a glow of hope. On Thursday, our families with elementary-aged kids who would have attended the Glow of Hope party will be getting a special surprise from Sarah. If you would like to make sure we have you on our list for a Glow of Hope surprise, please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.