Trinity’s Easter tradition continues [UPDATED]Published 11:18am Thursday, March 28, 2013 Updated 11:23am Thursday, March 28, 2013
It’s been a tradition for over a decade, but this year’s snow has given some unexpected changes to the Easter service schedule at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Easter weekend at Trinity often includes a Living Lord’s Supper on Thursday and a reenactment of the guarding of Jesus’ tomb on Easter Sunday. The reenactment includes a nine-foot tall rock that is fitted together outside. The Rev. Curtis Deterding said that won’t happen this year because of a lack of space from all the snow.
“It’s just a matter of not being able to actually put everything together,” said Deterding, pastor at Trinity who has helped organize the events in his nine years at the church.
Over the years, Deterding said the message of the story in the reenactment has become an important reminder for Christians at Trinity and in the community.
“All it is is a couple of soldiers next to a rock, but it reminds people of the story that is our story, the one we look forward to, that being the resurrection of the dead to life everlasting,” said Deterding. “That’s the focal point of our faith, our religion, what Christ has done for us.”
Being down one event, however, won’t put a damper on such an important celebration.
For Maundy Thursday, the church will hold its Living Lord’s Supper service at 7 p.m., with actors from the church dressed as the 12 disciples recreating the portrait of the last supper as painted by Leonardo da Vinci.
Good Friday will feature a cross walk at 5:30 p.m. for the church youth, who will carry a cross as a group from Shopko downtown to the church.
On Easter Sunday, the church will hold a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. before regular service at 9.
Despite losing one event, Deterding said the reenactments serve as an important tool for reflection and faith.
“For our parishioners, my hope is that they will continue to carry those visuals in their minds,” said Deterding. “I know that whenever you take something and make it visual to people it seems to be etched in their hearts and minds.”
With the events so well received by others in the past, Deterding said it is important for the events to continue because of what they mean to residents in Fergus Falls.
“It’s an outreach to the community, but also a reminder of who we are as a community here in town as a predominantly Christian area,” Deterding said. “It’s a reminder that, as a community, we’re focused in on this story.”
Deterding welcomes the public to attend the services and worship alongside the congregation at Trinity.
“We surely want to invite the community and especially anyone who doesn’t have a church home,” said Deterding. “They are always welcome to worship with us.”