Easter in Churches
By Dick Perue
Under the headline “Easter in the Churches” the April 12, 1925 issue of the Sheridan Post-Enterprise published the Holy Week services and messages of most churches in town. Here are a few excerpts from that publication:
FROM A DEVOTIONAL point of view, Easter lifts our souls in communication with our better impulses. It gives us a new incentive for finer living.
NOW UPON the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabouts, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: and they were afraid and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.”
EASTER GREETING. Of all the seasons of the year in church life, Easter is the brightest, the best, the most inspiring. All nature quickened by the breath of Spring, is awakening into newness of life. Every member and friend of the church of our Risen Lord should feel the same stirring of energy, the same quickening unto newness of living. Easter is a day of flowers, of bright glad music and helpful gifts. It is also a day of new consecrations and decisions. Help us to make this a great Easter in our churches. Plan to be at the services, bring your friends with you, lend your flowers, and it will be a day of great spiritual refreshment for you. Ever cordially yours, First Baptist Church.
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Works and Connor, greets you in the name of a risen and reigning Lord. We invite you to join us in a program of Christian service for the gladness and Christian culture of the community. The greatest need of the day is a spirituality that is reality, one that will constitute a sure foundation for our material progress and adjustment; a spiritual ideal that will become an anchor of certainty. The enthusiasm and fervor of “Holy week,” climaxing on Easter should not be considered the end but the beginning. Why not the whole community of Sheridan build upon this foundation the temple of the “Christianity of Christ?” Why not build this temple of fraternity and gladness? Again, and most gladly, we extend to you the greeting of this glad Eastertide. The unrest of the day is a challenge to each and all not only to extend the courtesies of the season, but to enter actively into such a campaign throughout the year. Attend our services, make your decisions, and take up the work with us of building a temple of gladness. Most fraternally and sincerely yours, WM. J. Lloyd, Pastor.
“HE IS NOT HERE; for he is risen, even as he said.’’ Matthew 28:6. Christ said, “I am the resurrection and the life. I am the living one; and I was dead, and, behold, I am alive for evermore. Because I live, ye shall live also.” May we let faith in the risen and living Christ master us, and go forward in the power of the Easter message to live and to witness for Him. First Presbyterian Church, The Church on the Hill Bids You Welcome to Its Easter Services.