OMAHA — Some parts of the Easter sunrise service at King of Kings Church in Omaha were familiar: the hymns played by the band, the sermon from Pastor Greg Griffith, the prayers.
But during a pandemic, nothing is familar. The band was inside while the parishioners were outside in their cars. There were speakers set up, but many of the congregation listened by radio as it rained. And Griffith spoke via live video instead of in front of his flock.
Such is Easter weekend at King of Kings.
“God is in everything, even in the coronavirus,” Griffith said at services on Saturday. “While it may look bad, look how this has brought us together.”
As life continues to be disrupted by COVID-19, more and more changes can be seen. Churches that were once brimming with people now sit empty save for the pastor and a film crew. Easter services were held drive-in style.
Those who came prayed and sang hymns in their car.
“I love that we just broke Satan’s eardrums,” Griffith said, as honking filled the parking lot in place of shouts of hallelujah.