In another thread, I commented on how we try to keep Jesus the focus for Resurrection Sunday (Easter). Our church sends out a weekly update, and here is a portion from one I sent out at the end of February. Perhaps some SI folks might want to consider these suggestions and SHARE what you do to put the focus where it belongs!
This is what Pastor Ed & Marylu did
A lot of us have been more "secularized" than we care to admit. Here are some tips to "Keep Christ in Easter!"
The Easter Bunny has taken the spotlight away from Jesus' Resurrection. You can moderate that by emphasizing the "Lamb Theme" this Easter season.
Candy with a meaningful theme
You can search the web on your own, but I found one site that has both chocolate lambs and crosses: http://www.burtonsvilledutchmarket.com/ea_easter.asp; we also used chocolate Easter eggs (not everything is spiritual!)
Have a "Gentile Passover"
· We began a tradition of eating Leg of Lamb every Good Friday. We would read a Scripture about Jesus being the Lamb of God. After dinner, we would conduct family communion with grape juice and matzo. We would have 3 matzos, hide the center one, and use that for communion when found. Lamb & matzo are often available at Meijer's and sometimes Kroger's.
• When our church began having Good Friday services, we were able to move our dinner up to 4PM and celebrate communion twice, once at home and once again with the church family.