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Easter services on TV and on-line in Billings

Posted at 5:51 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 23:22:10-04

BILLINGS — With churches closed nationwide, many had to worship at home and watch on TV and online.

"In the name of the father, and of the son and of the holy spirit, peace be with you," Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.

KTVQ showed St. Patrick's service in New York on Sunday morning.

"See the emptiness of the tomb is the signal that he, Jesus, had indeed risen from the dead," he said in his Homily.

The broadcast included a WPIX interview with Dolan after the Mass.

"Let's say dear God there is an emptiness that only you can fill," Dolan said.

TV, on-line and Sticher are some of the ways to take in a sermon.

St. Patick's put its bulleting online.

In Billings, Trinity Lutheran Church also put a bulletin on line, and used part of a service from 2018.

"We are including that recording from that Easter celebration so that we might be reminded of how important it is to be together," said Pastor Daniel Rinderknecht of Trinity.

Trinity used archived video and put it with a new sermon.

"We know that his victory will bring us victory through all of this distance and isolation that we are experiencing today," said Pastor Daniel Kenaith of Trinity.

Shiloh United Methodist also had online services that it produced with First, Evangelical, Hope and Grace Methodis churches.

"All five Methodist churches have been working together," said Pastor Tyler Amundson of Shiloh United Methoidist. "With all our views and connections we're actually seeing more people connect up with us online."

Amundson talked about his sermon.

"We're trying to help people overcome some of the fears they have in their life right now," Amundson said. "But also that sense giving folks the chance to connect in new ways to explore their faith especially when they find themselves in isolation."

"We can never succumb to the temptation to think that struggle, adversity, difficulty, suffering, emptiness is sign of God's absence." Dolan said. "If anything, he's with us more than ever."

Amundson said about 1,000 people have been watching the Methodist services.

St. Patrick's in New York had about one-million watching last Sunday.

The Shiloh, St. Patrick's and Trinity Easter services are still online.