Mar
05
2008

help with our Easter vigil

This is our second vigil of Easter. It is very much an Easter Celebration, but is held at night the evening before Easter Sunday. Our Vigil will be Saturday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Friends School, Quakertown.

The Vigil is not only a very cool service, but if you have ever wondered does God have a plan? The Vigil traces God’s love for his children throughout the Bible and charges us with joining in the story of that love.

Be part of the action. The best way to learn about God love is to dive into the story. Below are several (rather long) Bible verses. Traditionally these would be read during the Vigil of Easter. (Which often makes the vigil not only one of the earliest Christian worship services, but the longest too.) We don’t want everyone taking a nap during the readings or a three-hour service so…

Take a reading and do something creative with it and share it with the group at the Vigil.

Now you can go the traditional route and act it out. OR make up a modern version of the story. Have your children draw pictures illustrating the story and make a “book” to share or a power point. Make a station or a photo display depicting the event. Make a movie! Almost anything goes and you do not have to be a great Bible scholar to do this. Read one of the stories with your family and talk about see what develops. Best of all you will have had family time centered on God’s love.

You don’t have to have kids to do this. Maybe this is a solitary creative moment where you make a photo, a painting, a song, and share it with the group.

Here are the readings:

1. Genesis 1:1-2:4 This is the creation story, ending with God resting on the seventh day.
2. Genesis 7:1-7, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13 This is the story or Noah and the ark and God’s promise.
3. Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea. 4. Isaiah 55:1-11 Come all who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat….
4. Isaiah 55:1-11 Come all who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat.
5. Jonah 1,2, 3, and 4. The story of Jonah in the whale.

So that I can plan, please let me know which story you or your family would like to do.
Thanks, Suzanne

Written by Bob Fisher in: Easter,gatherings |

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