On Easter Sunday, the Sunday School youth participated in an Easter pageant The youth helped to unpack what the Easter message means today. They began with scripture and the story of the women who came to anoint Jesus's body.
“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
Narrator : Indeed WHO? Our world is loaded with troubles. Injustice seems to abound. Every day we either live it or hear about the challenges and troubles brought on by humanity often towards each other. Our story, this Easter story, brings us hope in the face of these challenges. If we are going to be well, we need to see hope.. justice... equity... action. NOT- Death, mean spirited-ness, greed, disrespect, intolerance, anger and fear. But these injustices are like stones....huge and heavy...almost too big for us to move. BUT...our Easter story reminds us they can be moved.
“Who will roll away the stone,” they asked? “Who will roll the stones of Greed, Self Doubt, Bullying, War, Climate Change, Racism away so that we can find hope.?”
We here at Clinton United will change these negative ways into positive ways. Young people, please come forward and take stone.
Young People asked to come forward and take parts of the stone (boxes with words printed of Greed, Self Doubt, Bullying, War, Climate Change, Racism on one side
and on another side positive words printed of Respect, Environmentalism, Empathy, Sympathy, Trust, Authenticity.
As they turn the negative words around they reveal the positive words. And then turning once again the stones to reveal the letters in the word EASTER.
To end....EASTER is left standing.
Thanks to ministry team, Kathy and Randy and the Youth of Clinton UC for creating and presenting this poignant message.