I just got finished picking the Easter theme for this year. It’s going to be “Risen: The Triumph of Love”. Nathan and I are going to put together a compelling and celebratory service. We’re also going to hang 10,000 doorhangers in the neighbourhoods around the church. Why am I telling you this? So, that you can start thinking about who you can invite. Christmas and Easter are wonderful times to invite people to church. FYI, our Good Friday communion service will be at 7 PM on Friday. It will be called, “Lead Me to The Cross”. This would be a good invite service as well.
Speaking of Easter, we are now in the season of Lent. Years ago, I was leading a worship service and I had all the kids come to the front and I asked them, “Does anybody here know what Lent is?” A kid’s hand shot up in the back and I asked him, “Do you know?” And he said, “Sure, it’s that stuff that gets caught in your belly button.” Ah…yeah….that would be lint. In case you’re a little fuzzy, Lent is the forty-day period before Easter in which Christians through the centuries have reflected on the passion of Jesus. As one commentator put it, “As Jesus goes to the cross, so do we.” Here’s a few practical ways in which you can celebrate Lent. First, read the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross in one of the gospels. CLICK HERE and it will bring you to a helpful page in this regard. Second, fast from something. Cut out coffee, T.V., alcohol, sugar….something you like. This is a way of identifying with the suffering of Jesus. Third, read a book that will remind you of what Jesus went through. Max Lucado’s “He Chose The Nails” for example. Anyway, hope this helps.