Churches packed at Easter time
By DAVINA ILLINGnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CHOCOLATE eggs and Easter bunnies may steal the show tomorrow, but packed churches will suggest the real meaning of Easter has not been forgotten.
Pastor Noel Noack from St Martin's Lutheran Church said more Christians chose to worship at Easter than at any other time of the year.
He said even those who did not attend church regularly would do so because Easter, as the most important holiday of the Christian calendar, offered a time of hope.
'Easter celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,' he said.
'Christians believe that through Jesus' death, human life is transformed so that we can have a real and meaningful rela- tionship with God,' he said.
'And because he rose from death, he destroyed the power of death and all who trust in Christ have the assurance of eternal life with Christ forever.'
Father Michael Carroll from the Star of the Sea Parish said there would always be conflicting influences competing for people's attention at Easter.
'If people want to find out the true meaning of Easter they are welcome to.
'We all have the opportunity to share in Jesus' resurrection, and the experience of hope.'