Siblings in Christ,
We recognize your plans for a joyous Easter celebration have changed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Many of you are now planning virtual services. Please know you are not alone – we are the Church together, and we are united in the risen Christ on Easter Sunday.
In this time of social distancing, our need for connection has never been greater. With that in mind, we invite you to join us for an Easter celebration and message of hope. Leaders of the PC(USA) share with you a special Easter worship video, created to help us come together in community on this holiest of days.
You are welcome to use the video however you like. We hope it is helpful for congregations that are unable to hold their own virtual worship. Even congregations that are already streaming worship may wish to watch. You may choose to create a sense of community by asking your congregation to watch the video at an appointed time. Our hope is that Presbyterians might unite in spirit during worship on Easter.
You may find the 40-minute, standalone video in English, Spanish and Korean at https://www.pcusa.org/easter-worship-service/
In this time of crisis, the ministry of the Church is more important than ever. We are encouraging Presbyterians to give generously to their local church, providing support for their congregation and community. We also encourage support for the One Great Hour of Sharing as a witness to the whole Church coming together to support the most vulnerable among us. To accompany the Easter service, there is a bulletin insert that highlights the offering and how it enables the Church to respond to crises such as these. (A copy is attached.)
Paul tells us, “We do not grieve as others who have no hope.” (I Thessalonians 4:13). While this crisis may consume our attention, it cannot destroy our hope. We join you in prayer for all those impacted by this pandemic.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA)
Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett
President, Executive Director