This year’s celebration of Easter included a 9 am informal service in the front courtyard followed by breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, and a “Count-the-Eggs” hunt on the playgrounds and in the back yard. At breakfast the
4-generation Horton family was honored (see photo). After recognition of the Hortons, families with children gathered behind the church for an egg hunt involving math. .
A Count-the-Eggs Hunt
Before hunting for the eggs, family groups estimated how many were hidden. Then, eggs were counted and totals compared with the guess. Children were told that it was not a competition but an opportunity to help younger children find eggs and for all to practice counting and addition. The closest guess was 300 but there were way more than that!
A New Commandment and 6 Passages about Love
Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet and the Last Supper.Its name comes from the Latin , meaning “new commandment.” The new commandment Jesus gave his 12 disciples on Maundy Thursday is stated thus in the Gospel of John:
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)
Among the many eggs found on Easter morning were 6 eggs that contained scripture passages about love. Two of these 6 passages are from the Old Testament and 4 are from the New Testament. Here are the six love passages.
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:18).
….for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. (Song of Solomon 7:6-7).
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. By this, everyone should know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth (1st Corinthians 13: 4-6).
We love because God first loved us (1st John 4:19).