Resurrection Sunday – a Day of Wonder at Litchfield Community Church
April 21, 2017
by Len Lathrop
S.D. Gordon is quoted in the bulletin, “Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.” The truth of those words could be seen in the Litchfield Community Church with all the flowers, but even more so on the faces of the fellowship who had come to celebrate. Wonder could be seen in the children’s eyes as they were dressed in their Easter clothes. The choir was adorned in green robes and white collars. The bright sunshine of the day shone into the sanctuary especially from the round stained-glass window that faced east above the pulpit.
I know the readers must be tired of hearing about the warm feeling of a gentle world that seems to embrace you as you round the corner there in Litchfield. While it possibly can happen every day, the community church embraced this simplicity and grace on Easter Sunday, from four folks as greeters supplying bulletins and pens to musical presenters Christie McQuesten and the Dove Singers, whose sounds filled the church with praise, that Christ was risen.
Rev. Dr. Lori Wiley, the church’s pastor, welcomed the congregation and called everyone to worship. Then everyone was invited to come forward and take a flower and attach it to the cross that was in front of the pulpit. Elder of the day Terry Jefferson, led the Apostles Creed and the Lord’s Prayer.
The children’s message portion of the service was special as all the little people came and sat in the front row. The especially small were holding tightly to their moms, as Rev. Wiley was helped by Autumn to read a book called “What is Easter?” by Michelle Medlock Adams.
Is this what Easter means? By the end of the story, even the youngest child will agree with the author, “Now I get it, the eggs are fun and the Easter bunny is okay, but Easter’s not about that stuff. It’s about God’s son.”
After the children’s message, an egg hunt was held outside as Pastor Wiley told the resurrection story from Mary Magdalene’s eyes, complete with dressing as Mary would have and speaking about Mary’s fears and concerns all in the first person. The message invoked images of the tomb and the stone that the soldier rolled in front of the tomb and the next morning when Mary explains she did not sleep and angels were sitting on the stone bed where Jesus had laid. Then you could hear the angels talking to Mary, about how Jesus was not there but he had risen. It was a very moving way to tell the story that all Christians hear every year.
Then after a Celtic blessing for the benediction, the doors of the community church opened to glorious sunshine.