Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 12-APR-2020 - Sermon for Easter Day
Rev Sandy Boyce
Easter Day – Is there room for joy in the middle of the COVID-19 epidemic, with we cannot worship in a crowded room but must keep away from each other and sing alone? Yes, there is room for joy, from the news of an empty tomb and the joy of the disciples. For the duration of the pandemic we have to live with social isolation and worse. We long for real, three dimensional people contact. While digital technology helps us keep in touch and bind us together, it doesn't stop the desire for actual presence. Easter is a story of presence and absence. The disciples had the painful experience of Jesus' absence after his cruel death, and when they found the tomb empty their emotions were complex. The resurrected Jesus appeared quietly and gently to Mary and his disciples, and he is still with us in the Spirit. He is God's presence. When our isolation is ended, how might we again be spending our time in fellowship with one another? Easter Day celebrates the fact that Jesus is with us, present and not absent, even at times when we are alone.
John 20: 1-18

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