Why is this here? Most probably don’t have services on Holy Saturday. And those who do will most likely do something like the Great Easter Vigil late at night – a prelude to Easter morning:
The second article walks you through a process for instituting a vigil service if that is new to you and your congregation. This is a great experience for those who want to celebrate the culmination of this season in a unique yet traditional way.
On the other hand, perhaps you want to provide some space on this Holy Saturday for contemplation, for shared grief, for preparation and anticipation. Consider having a small gathering on this in-between day, or maybe a drop-in opportunity for folks to come and sit and think and pray. The sanctuary is open, and maybe there is music playing, or maybe there is simply silence, a place to breathe and to listen for the whispers of the Spirit. There might be some prayer guides, a meditation in place of a sermon, something to read and contemplate. Or maybe a blank sheet of paper for thoughts and prayers, something to speak into the emptiness.
Or this could be sent to homes: an email or download from the church website with some materials to read and reflect upon, an activity or two, or just some instructions on how to spend this day as a family or as individuals at home.
Holy Saturday is a chance to pause and listen, to wait and to watch, a moment of hush. It is time to prepare to head to the cemetery in the early morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of the risen Christ.
Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, Director of Preaching Ministries, served churches in Indiana and Arkansas and the British Methodist Church. His PhD is from University of Edinburgh in preaching and media. He has taught preaching in seminary and conference settings for more than 20 years.