At Easter, Christians remember the death of Jesus, by crucifixion, and the mystery of the resurrection.
In the Uniting Church there is a diversity of ways of understanding the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus. In many places in the Bible, the gift of a life was believed to restore one’s relationship with God, when that relationship had been broken.
In the Old Testament, this is at the centre of celebrations like Passover and the temple worship which involved the sacrifice of animals. Christians have always understood Jesus as God’s gift to the world and the giving of his life as a sign of how much God loves all people.
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Holy Saturday is not commonly a day for worship in Uniting Churches, although the evening Easter vigil worship is held in some places.
Beginning with Easter Day (Sunday), the season of Easter lasts for fifty days until Pentecost. On the first few Sundays of Easter, different accounts of the resurrection are read so the church today may recall some of the many dimensions of the first disciples’ experience of the risen Jesus.
During this season, the first lectionary readings are taken from the book of Acts of the Apostles to remind the Church every year about the formation of the earliest Church and its mission in the world.