March 30th, 2016

What a joyous Easter Sunday, with so many people in a single service! Seeing the sanctuary full to the top of the choir loft was glorious. The Choir, the orchestra, the children all led us in praising God.
 
Unlocking “Alleluia” (Hebrew for “praise Yahweh”) is something we’ll definitely do again, so much excitement did it generate. The box we used was my Aunt Betsy’s jewelry box. Betsy was my mother’s only sister. She served as organist at the family Presbyterian Church in Missouri for decades, following in the footsteps of her mother. Betsy took me to Montreat for the first time when I was a teenager. Surely she would have approved of such a use for her box.
 
If you are not on the church’s Facebook page you may not have seen the video we made for Easter. Far from being a single day, Easter is a season of 50 days, and the attitude of a lifetime. The video was running Sunday in the Gathering Space, but it can be hard to follow with all the other activity going on. Watch it on the website www.blacksburgpres.org. Or go to the Facebook page and sign up while you’re at it: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5275433507/. It has been shared 68 times on Facebook and churches in other parts of the country are posting it!
 
Kendra has done such a great job with the website redesign, and she is the one who is choosing the images and music and editing the videos. In two weeks I will be going to the workshop with my clergy friends during which we’ll be learning about “90 second sermons” for church websites. So you can look for more such creations in the future, and if you’d like to suggest a topic, just let us know.
 
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Catherine


Scripture Readings for 2nd Sunday of Easter:
Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150; Revelations 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

The Prayer list can be found here.