We have a seasonal visual aid to help us focus. The new life seen in nature reminds us of Christ's risen life in which we are invited to share. The lighter mornings and evenings may remind us of the man who described himself as the light of the world.
When you attend an Easter service don't think of it as simply relating an interesting story or presentation. It is much more than that, for it is meant to be a real experience of new life for the worshipper as one passes from darkness to light. The music and words of the service invite participation in something beyond ourselves but yet which includes us.
I am expecting there to be a Baptism at St Leonard's on Easter day. This is entirely desirable as in the early Church, Easter was the preferred occasion for a baptism to take place. A baptism enacts the dying to sin and the rising to new life in Christ-the events of Good Friday and Easter. We could all do a lot worse than renew our own promises made at baptism in our Easter celebrations. All ages can do that-nobody is excluded!