Among pastors and church workers, the Sunday after Easter is unofficially known as “Low Sunday.” That’s because after the roller coaster ride of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, energy is often low among church staff, volunteers, and worshipers.
Nonetheless, here are three more reasons why you should worship at Ridglea this “Low Sunday” weekend.
3) The party rolls on! Did you know that Easter is not just a single day, but the longest festival season of the liturgical year? “Eastertide,” as it’s called, spans the 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. We’ll continue to sing joyful hymns and celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper throughout the seven Sundays of the season (see #1).
2) We’ll take care of your kids. We love kids at RPC, and we work hard to provide opportunities for worship, nurture, and service that are safe, theologically informed, and age-appropriate. We have Sunday School for all ages, from preschool up through “senior” adults from 9:30-10:30, and we have professionally-staffed childcare available all morning for kids under 3.
1) We’ll feed you. Ordinarily at RPC, we celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper (also called Communion or Eucharist) on the first Sunday of the month. But during the seven Sundays of Eastertide, we’ll be celebrating the sacrament every week. Here’s why, from the pastoral letter in Invitation to Christ: A Guide to Sacramental Practices:”
All around us is a changing world where hungry and broken people are looking for a trustworthy word, a place to belong, a chance to start over, a way of life that can satisfy the longing within. The Word of the gospel and the water, bread, and wine of the sacraments are God’s gifts to the church for the sake of this very world! As we find ourselves surrounded by growing numbers of people who have not been raised in the church and have little understanding of its life, it has become urgent that our ministry focus clearly on these simple and central gifts we have been given—Word, water, wine, and bread—and that we explore anew how best to offer them and the new life to which they point to a hungry and wanting world…At the font and the table, we meet the same risen Lord to whom the Scriptures bear witness. The central invitation that both baptism and the Lord’s Supper extend, together with the Word proclaimed, is the invitation to know the Lord Jesus Christ and to live in the world as his disciples.
Come worship with us this on this “Low Sunday” weekend at Ridglea!