How did churches across China celebrate Easter? This article from China Christian Daily gives a flavor of some Easter celebrations in Three-Self registered churches in three different provinces. The sermon titles and hymns chosen are particularly interesting.
Churches Across China Mark Easter Sunday
At Easter, many churches were approved to reopen worship services, including communion and baptisms to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus.
The following is a brief introduction to the Easter activities held by eight registered churches in Guangxi, Liaoning, and Shaanxi Provinces.
Beihai Church in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region held four services on Easter, all of which included communion. The topics of the four sermons were “Hope after Resurrection,” “The Lord Has Risen,” “The Resurrection of Christ Over Death,” and “I and He Live, as the Lord Lives.”
Hepu Church in Guangxi conducted two services on Sunday. In the morning service, the choir sang the hymn “Christ Arose.” And Elder Chen Kaosi shared a sermon titled “Resurrection, the Core of Christian Faith,” to demonstrate the importance of the Lord’s resurrection in their faith.
During the evening service, with resurrection-themed songs such as “Because He Lives” by the youth praise team, female members of the dance team offered praise to the Lord. Pastor Guan Ronglei shared a sermon with the title “The Power of the Lord’s Resurrection,” encouraging believers to learn from Paul to know the power of Christ’s resurrection, to live a victorious life relying on him, and to look forward to his return. At the end of the two services, the congregation received Easter eggs.
A church in the Gangkou District of Fangchenggang City, Guangxi, hosted Easter Sunday service then Holy Communion service.
The centennial Cheng’en Christian Church of Dalian, Beijing Street, in Liaoning was allowed to resume its in-person service at Easter after the period of “double suspension,” which refers to “closing religious activity sites and suspending religious group activities.”
In the Lühua Street Church in Anshan, Liaoning Province, Elder Shi Aijun, chairman of the Liaoning Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), gave two sermons both titled “The Lord Has Risen” during the morning and evening services to celebrate Easter. Nine programs were performed by fellowships.
In the Easter Sunday service of Gaizhou Church in Liaoning, Rev. Zheng Jinyue shared a sermon titled “Jesus Rose from the Dead,” citing Mark 16:6. In the sermon, she stated the meaning and evidence of the resurrection of Jesus and the reality of his death and resurrection.
The church in Laohutun Village, Anshan, Liaoning, held a celebration gathering themed “Praise and Sacrifice to the Risen Jesus.” Believers from various groups and fellowships presented hymns, dances, and other programs to the Lord.
The church in Teng’ao Town, Haicheng City, Liaoning Province, carried out an Easter praise service, in which believers sang and danced in festive costumes.
Tumen Church in Xi’an, Shaanxi, hosted services for three consecutive days, during which the congregation worshiped God by praising, reading the Bible, praying, and listening to the sermon three times a day.
Editor’s note: A selection of related images are included below. For more go to Gospel Times.
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