On Easter morning, many Christians incorporate a tradition in worship called the “Flowering of the Cross.” Worshipers bring flowers or greenery to church and attach them to a cross which is wrapped in twine or floral wire. Some worshipers bring flowers or greenery from their yard, while others purchase them from stores. The Cross is gradually transformed from a symbol of death to a symbol of resurrection, with the vibrant flowers reminding us of the ongoing power and presence of Christ in the life of his people.
Last year, as the pandemic necessitated creative worship planning, we incorporated this tradition, and we would like to continue it this year as well. The flower-covered cross served as a reminder of the joy and fellowship we have together because of the Resurrection whether we are apart or together in worship. This year, if you will be worshiping from home through the live stream on Easter, you are invited to leave flowers or greenery in a bucket under the Knox canopy between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. If you are planning to worship in-person on Easter morning, please bring your flowers or greenery with you, and you will have an opportunity to decorate the Cross as you arrive for worship. Please plan to give yourself extra time for arrival so that we can maintain recommended spacing as we decorate. After the 11:00 service, the cross will be moved outside under the canopy so that those worshiping from home can drive by and see the cross in person if they wish.
You are also invited to bring donations of non-perishable food and other goods for Hope Clinic. Donation bins will be available under the canopy on Saturday and in their usual locations in the atrium on Easter morning. (Click on this link to view requested items.)
We hope that you will consider participating in these acts of worship as we seek to corporately embody Jesus’ command to love both God and neighbor and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus!
“Faithful cross, above all other,
one and only noble tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be..” — Venantius Honorius Fortunatus, 6th century