Our granddaughters at the right are turning 16 and 14 in May. This Easter, they will star
in the shortest Easter pageant ever. At least in the history of our family.
Our congregation includes two grandparents, three children, three spouses and 7 grandchildren. We're not going to let the coronavirus put a damper on the Easter parade. But this year's celebration will be different.
The three families will all participate virtually in Easter services at their individual churches. There will be 3 separate egg hunts before the family celebration. Zoom calls us to order at 2:30. Our oldest granddaughters are in charge of Zoom.
Our order of worship looks like this
Shout in unison: "Jesus is risen. He is risen indeed."
Ring bells, key chains, anything that makes noise.
Grandpa reads the Easter story from the New Testament.
Tell the Resurrection egg story. These are plastic eggs with symbols of Easter inside. Usually there are candies, too, but I can't figure out how to virtually pass them out. Next year. This year we'll focus on the story.
I will talk about three kinds of prayers: "Help me, help me, help me!" "Thank you, thank you!" and "Wow!"
We are skipping the Hallelujah Chorus, unless someone has a recording of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. And we'll each prepare and eat our own food.
Afterwards the grownups will adjourn and the kids can talk to each other on Zoom for awhile.
No, it's not the celebration we're used to, but it will be Easter all the same.