When the Session and Board of Graceview Presbyterian met after worship on Sunday March 15th, we really hoped it wouldn’t come to this. We really hoped we’d be able to gather in worship for Palm Sunday. Well…we all know now that isn’t going to happen. In fact, it may be a long while before we are safe to gather together again.

But here’s the thing – Holy Week is still happening. Remember how in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Christmas came even without all the trappings that the Grinch stole? How he began to think that Christmas was more than presents and decorations and STUFF?

Same is true about Easter, friends. We are an Easter people – every season of the year, every day of week, every moment of the day. With or without being together, with or without all the trappings and the stuff.

We can do this – we can observe Holy Week from the comfort and safety of our homes. We can sacrifice our own wish to be together in order to save lives. I think Jesus would approve!

Having said all that, I’m going to be supplying some extra stuff during this week, to try and give you some resources for Eastering-at-home.

So today, I want to share this resource from the amazing people at illustratedministry.com:

Included in that file is a palm branch drawing that you can print and colour for yourself. There’s also a little lesson and reflection – if you have kids at home, please feel free to use that to have a Sunday-School-at-home.

Here are a couple of links to the hymns we would have been singing had we been able to gather this week: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna and All Glory Laud and Honour.

And if you’d like something a little different from the traditional hymns, here is Andrew Peterson, singing his original song, Hosanna. (I would say, too, the intro he gives to this song is SO topical, and touches on things I’ve been thinking about and writing about on the blog this week – there’s even a preview of one of the things I’m going to say in my sermon tomorrow. So now you HAVE to watch!)

Until tomorrow, friends – be blessed!