|God Help Us!|
During the Easter Sunday service, we heard the story of “The Easterless Island” by Tom Kerr, about the commercialisation of Easter. At the same time, there was an image up on the screen of an advertising campaign that said “It’s only Easter if it’s Darrel Lea.”
That particular campaign may have been pretty blatant, but how many other businesses use the holiest points in the Christian calendar to pad their bottom lines? We hear news items about Christmas and Easter sales – how they impact the health of the economy.
Thinking about it during the week since then, I’ve realised that the best Easter gift I ever received, was some boiled eggs with little faces drawn on them – and the one I gained the most delight out of giving was an eggshell I handpainted for someone whose health condition meant they couldn’t have chocolate (or even a boiled egg.)
It made me wonder just how often we spend ridiculous amounts of money on gifts for people who weren’t looking for gifts, but were just glad to be told we cared. Maybe it’s time for a move for anti-commercialism. Whatever we see on tv ads, or read in catalogues, love isn’t a commodity we can buy. Jesus wasn’t born for the sake of toy companies, and he didn’t die for the chocolate companies.
ANZAC Day is coming up soon, and unlike Christian celebrations, no-one would dare try to turn that into a money-making event. (Yes, children, the midnight soldier will visit and leave chocolate guns during the night. Kind of doesn’t work, does it?) In Australia, the death of our soldiers is far more sacred than the death of our Saviour. It’s something to think about.
Grace and peace
Dates to note:
16 May. 7pm. Church Council.
16 June. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
17 June. Adult Fellowship will have special offering envelopes to support Mercy Ships women’s health projects
15 September. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
17 November. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
Please note: Iris is not preaching this week, so the service will not appear on this site. Feel free to come to church!