[Round Up] In the darkest days of the novel coronavirus pandemic, some Sidney clergy are convinced that it’s all the more important to remember that the sun will still rise, and that the Son has still risen. Planning a sunrise service on Easter morning with several churches, Audrey Rydbom of Pella Lutheran Church spoke to the Roundup about their plans to host the gathering with both traditional and creative components that will give community residents an opportunity to celebrate their faith in relative safety.
Rydbom told the Roundup, “People are divided enough and people are struggling. Followers of Jesus the Christ are to be a witness of our common bond. Jesus willingly and humbly went to the cross and died a horrendous death for all people and then, God raised Jesus from the dead to overcome the greatest fear people have, death. What Jesus accomplishes for us in these three days is a freedom to hope in life in all situations. This one hope crosses the barriers of all Christian denominations.”
The service is open to all the community and is being organized by Pella Lutheran, Fellowship Baptist, and the First Church of the Nazarene. The churches all have varying doctrines and, a point not lost on the organizers, and hold some stark differences in belief.
But Rydbom added, “We may be different in our piety, but can think of nothing more powerful to help heal division and be a light of hope in the midst of a pandemic then for all believers in Jesus to come together and be a witness to what Jesus accomplishes on the cross and the empty tomb.”
When asked if the pandemic complicates logistics of such a gathering, Rydbom said, “During this pandemic we need to be smart about how we worship. This means we will come together to worship by being apart. According to the CDC staying at least 6 feet apart, and not touching one another and common items, is working to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are fortunate that we have the technology to be able to worship and abide by these safety precautions. Therefore, come to worship, park your vehicle, stay in your vehicle, tune in to FM 98.1, and worship. You will hear God’s Word proclaimed and are encouraged to sing along to familiar Easter hymns. Worship is about God and what God does for us. God has given us the ability to worship safely; let’s do it. Thank you, Fellowship Baptist for providing the FM transmitter.”
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[Pubilsher’s Note: This article was first published at the Round Up]