Easter Every Sunday

“Next Sunday,” announced Pastor Peterson, “will be a special Easter service. My sermon subject will be, ‘The Power of His Resurrection.’ ”

There was nothing unusual about the announcement except that the pastor made it from the pulpit on Easter Sunday morning. There were some knowing looks. The pastor has been known to use the wrong church bulletin from the collection he keeps in his pockets, tucked in hymnals, and scattered about in the pulpit.

Two ushers brought notes to the pulpit, but after the anthem the pastor repeated the same announcement.

I was able to clarify the matter at the end of the service, while waiting for the crowds to perform the annual Easter ritual of shaking hands with the pastor. George Bridgewell informed me that Mr. Peterson’s idea of repeating Easter was not a gimmick to keep up the attendance. It was his way of underscoring the fact that the Church celebrates the Resurrection every Lord’s Day and not only once a year.

Mrs. Bridgewell was surprised that I hadn’t heard of the pastor’s plan. “He wanted Easter anthems from the choir and Easter lilies from the flower committee for five more Sundays. Did you ever hear of anything so absurd? I suppose he expects new millinery and ensembles every Sunday, too!”

“In that at least you could oblige him, my dear,” said George.

It was the least I could do to call on the pastor in his study. “This is worse than your Christmas-in-July program,” I told him. “You just have to conform on some things.”

“I wasn’t serious about the Easter flowers,” he said, “but I certainly am about Easter preaching. Preachers who celebrate the Resurrection once a year are no better than their annual Easter parishioners. And as for conforming—can you imagine preaching the ...

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