It's kind of crazy to think that only one year ago, we were bracing ourselves for the first-ever exclusively online SDBC Easter celebration. The staff and volunteers were in a mad hustle trying to figure out how to navigate the most important event on the church calendar, without actually gathering together in one place. Thankfully, the church resolved to be the church; to worship Jesus, the risen Saviour, no matter the circumstances. And, as a staff, we couldn't be more proud of the way SDBC has trusted Jesus throughout this pandemic and shown incredible love and care to each other and to our neighbours around us.
Here we are again, approaching Easter, not with the surprise of a pandemic upon us, but with the weariness of its unrelenting effects. Like a dark storm cloud, it has loomed overhead, stripping the earth of its vibrant colour and casting its shadow on the masses. But there is a fantastic song lyric that goes something like this: "The shadow proves the sunshine." We know there is sunshine beyond these shadows. We know there will be a bright and hopeful end to this pandemic. We can sense it in the spring air. We can feel it in the warm breeze. It is coming!
But beyond this particular time in history, as momentous as it is, this Easter, we look back to an event that changed everything. On Easter weekend, we will continue to worship the One who endured the darkest of shadows, the shadow of death itself, on our behalf--FOR OUR FREEDOM. Join us online at 7PM on April 2nd for our Good Friday service, when we will contemplate and consider the One who, out of love, went willingly to Calvary and paid the ultimate cost--FOR OUR FREEDOM. On Easter Sunday morning (April 4th) at 11AM, we will wonder at the One who is no longer held under the grasp of death and grave, but is RISEN, forever! All honour and power are his, all glory forever, amen! So, let us celebrate online and echo loudly together, "He is risen!" Let us hear the stories of Christ's FREEDOM in the lives of his people.