We Are Easter People

I love Easter and Holy Week because it’s spring and the world seemingly is coming to life all around us.

I love Easter and Holy Week because the weather here is perpetually unpredictable.

I love Easter and Holy Week because it centers me upon Christ, His cross, and the empty tomb.

I love Easter and Holy Week because there’s an easy way to invite people to church that I’m doing every day: “Happy Easter! If you don’t have a place to worship for Easter, I want to invite you to Forum Christian for Easter services….. Where’s that you ask? Well, we’re across from Walgreens on Forum.”

I love the way Pope John Paul II said it: We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

This weekend at Forum, we have designed several services to help you connect with Jesus during this Holy Week:

1.     Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

2.     Saturday Easter Service at 5:30 p.m.

3.     Sunday Easter Services at 8:15, 9:30, and 11 a.m.

For those who will be here spanning two hours - let me encourage you to park in the farthest north lot. Also, here’s a link from a church leader, Thom Rainer, who has mentored me over the years, with some great tips connected to Easter: http://thomrainer.com/2016/03/nine-considerations-for-church-members-this-easter/

And one last reminder, the Easter Offering is going to Christian Campus House. Let me encourage you to give to this long time ministry partner. As a church we are striving to lead out and set the pace for other churches throughout our state. This large effort calls for churches to come together to strive to impact the Mizzou campus

As we are drawing near the end of the gospel of Mark, we’ll dial in to chapter 16 this Sunday and talk about the empty tomb. I cannot imagine the exhilarating confusion the first witnesses felt as they come to find out that He rose from the dead.

He’s gone. He’s not there anymore.

This is the central defining event for the entire world to consider.

Be here this Sunday as we walk into the empty tomb together. Bring friends. Bring family. Bring those that fit into other categories. We all need Jesus….desperately.