Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Weekend

See you tonight?

Beloved Family of Grace,

Here is some vital information as we approach the joy of the Easter weekend together. . .

Good Friday Service, Friday at 7:00 PM
Hope you can join us for this worshipful communion service. It will be a reflective and meaningful way to cap off your work week and prepare your heart for Resurrection Sunday. Childcare will be provided for the little ones to age five, so this will be a sweet time to worship as a family. Invite a friend!

As we've done the last couple of years, communion at this service will be 'come up' style, with four stations situated throughout the Sanctuary. During a time of extended worship, you will be invited to approach the tables when you are ready in small groups of friends and family. Elders and ministry staff will pray for you and administer the elements. When you are finished, return to your seats. If you are unable to come to the table, or would prefer not to, you can raise your hand and servers will come to you. While this approach is a bit more messy, we feel that a change in our routine is helpful and hopefully spiritually meaningful in a fresh way.

Easter Sunday Services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 AM
My Easter message is entitled Resurrection Reverberations and will center, not on reasons to believe the resurrection of Jesus, but results of the resurrection. As usual, I will do my best to get into the heads and hearts of both those who believe and those who do not yet believe. I always try to weave in a bit of apologetics on Easter to illustrate that belief in the resurrection of Jesus is not a blind leap in the dark, but reasonable and rational. I very much appreciate your prayers as I prepare my own heart and the message for Sunday. Pray expectantly that Christ will be exalted, that the Gospel will be clear and compelling, that hearts will be moved and souls will be saved!

I encourage you to invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and classmates to join us for Easter Services. Offer to pick them up or meet them at the door. Invite them over for Easter brunch or lunch after services. Easter is one of the times of the year, when folks are open and often desire to attend church. Go for it! Be bold and winsome. Let them feel your love and care for them as you invite them to worship. We've attached a PDF version of our Invite Card, so that you might invite folks even by email. You might also print it out and hand it to a friend.

Finally, remember that Easter Sunday is a Family Worship Day which means you are encouraged to worship as a family. We will have Sunday School for nursery through kindergarten. None of our Adult Bible Fellowships will be meeting. The 9:30 service will be jam packed, so if you are able, please serve others and make room for visitors by attending the 8:00 or 11:00 service.

Praise the Lord. He is risen!

I look forward to worshipping with you. See you Friday.

Because of and for the Gospel . . . Pastor Tim

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