While looking at the origin of the word Easter, I discovered Easter was actually a Pagan holiday. After learning this, I thought, “How in the world did this happen?” When Missionaries were sent to England, they were given specific instructions, whenever possible, to keep the Pagan holidays and bring in the religious overlay. This made it easy to connect the Pagan holiday of Easter to the resurrection Sunday we celebrate.
Today, we call it Easter, and here’s why: The Pagan holiday was all about the chickens at the time and how they wouldn’t lay eggs in the dark. It wasn’t until the beginning of that spring they would begin to lay eggs again. The trees that had been dormant started growing buds and came to life; and this was the celebration of Easter.
The Pagan holiday was really the meaning of Easter, which is life after darkness. It was easy for them to connect the resurrection Sunday to the name Easter. That’s why it’s so meaningful to us; It’s life after darkness. God brings life after darkness through his Son Jesus Christ, and that’s what we celebrate at Easter.
I hope you’ll celebrate with us this Easter, and come to one of our services. We’re gonna have a great time celebrating the life after darkness!
Easter Service Times:
Mill Creek Campus
Saturday, April 20th – 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 21st – 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 pm
4326 148th St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012
Lake Stevens Campus
Sunday, April 21st – 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Lake Stevens Middle School – 1031 91st Ave SE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Sunday, April 21st – 9:00 am and 10:30 am
Brightwater Treatment Plant – 22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA 98072