I have heard a lot of people saying we are going to need to "cancel" traditional Holy Week and Easter services, and of course, if we need to we should. But can you imagine it!
- No Palm Sunday procession of the palms.
- No Easter Egg Hunt.
- No Maundy Thursday Communion,
- No Good Friday,
- No Easter Sunday.
If we can’t worship together by Easter, what about celebrating Holy Week in June or July?
Many of us are old enough to remember when "Christmas in July" was a thing. You don’t hear about much anymore but maybe this year we should seriously consider bringing it back -- lessons AND worship celebrations. We certainly have a website full of amazing lessons for each of these special Holy Week stories and events. (Pentecost is May 31st in 2020, and maybe the Easter fire is just the kind of fire we need to re-light.)
If we have to, I actually think this could be super-exciting for everyone involved, and it might send a new message about celebrating these stories more than once a year. Might be just what the doctor ordered too for people who need their spirits lifted and might be wondering what the church can do RIGHT. (This is not to say that we should suggest nothing for "at-home" or not do something special online this year. No rule we can only do Holy Week once a year.)
And if the adults won't go along with this plan, why not do it as a VBS this year, or all-church evening, or as a series of special Sunday morning classes
I'd go all out... the decorations, the music, the easter outfits.
Resurrection = Reset, Life from Death, Hope from Despair. Relight the Fire, Move that Bus.
Tip: Buy your Easter Candy and Supplies Now while they're available.
What do you think?