For many years First Presbyterian Church of South Boston (800 N. Main St.) has erected a barren cross during Lent that is transformed on Easter by the congregants to a beautifully flowered cross.
With the COVID-19 guidelines and suspended services, the church cannot encourage participation at the cross as in the past.
There are many ways to worship with sermons on the radio, online and TV.
The following offers another opportunity to engage with family in reflection and worship during this time in Christian lives, especially if one is out driving anyway or walking for exercise past the church.
Thursday was Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday. This day commemorated the “Last Supper,” the Passover meal that Jesus shared with His disciples the night before His crucifixion. Jesus commanded His disciples to love and serve one another. Read Luke 22:7-38 and reflect discipleship and obedience to Christ.
Friday (today) is recognized as “Good Friday,” commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and His death at Calvary. Read Luke 23:26-49. If one goes by First Presbyterian, view the cross in the yard. Imagine Jesus nailed to the cross. Hear His words, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” (Luke 23:14) Jesus prayed this for the criminals crucified on each side of him. Jesus prayed this for each of us as sinners.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9)
Sunday is Easter, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb after he was dead and buried. Read Luke 24:1-12.
If one goes by First Presbyterian, view the cross which has transformed from its ugliness to God’s beauty. This cross is symbolic of his forgiveness of sins and promise of new life for with God, today and for God’s eternity.
“The most He could do was die for me. The least I can do is live for Him.”