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 In-Person and 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 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 at 10:30AM for our main Easter Worship Service. During this service we will celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave, sin, and Satan. We will celebrate the implications of his victory for our guilty, our identity, and our world.
Easter at Oakland is a party with a purpose. The Resurrection of Jesus proves that the worst parts of our story, the pain we’ve experienced and the pain we’ve can be redeemed. If God can turn a cross into a symbol of hope, he can transform your past into something more beautiful than you can imagine.
God is not just in the business of forgiving. God is in the business of redemption.
To remember this in an active way, we’ll work on two HUGE art projects during our 9:00AM Easter Party. Using reclaimed materials we will make beauty that reminds us of the beauty that Jesus promises to each of his followers.
Last year we made Spiritual Journey Collages, if you have made one since or would like to make one, we’d love to hang it on Easter!
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.