The cross is the abiding symbol of our faith. In fact, it’s an empty cross. Simultaneously we remember that Jesus died and he rose again.
This weekend we get to remember both of those in stark clarity. Here we are at the central celebration of our faith!
This weekend is a good time to invite friends, family and people we know to worship – to hear for themselves the price Jesus paid for us and the extravagant love of God.
We have two services on Friday; 8.30 am and 10 am and also two on Sunday 9 am and 10.45 am. (There is no Sunday night service this Easter weekend).
I encourage you to remember our XS camp this weekend in your prayers as they gather for the 4 days.
Also thank you to the many who prayed for Immy Blenksop, the surgery went well! We now need to trust her to Jesus for the next stages.
With my prayers for a safe and Holy Easter.
Over and over again in the scriptures we see people praying. It is an undeniable focus of the people of God. In fact, Jesus often hid himself away so that he could pray.
When you think about prayer, it is a remarkable thing. God – the creator of the universe and of this wonderful world – is waiting for us to speak to him. In fact, he is wanting us to speak to him! I still cannot get my head around that.
With this in mind, we are setting aside 24 hours this Saturday (and into the early hours of Sunday) to pray. To be connected with God; Father, Son and Spirit. You are invited to be a part of this 24 hours of prayer. Come when you can and stay as long as you can. View the prayer schedule here.
PS. Please remember in your prayers the XS Camp over Easter. Lets ask Jesus to open hearts and reveal himself to our young people.
Next week is Palm Sunday (20th March). Traditionally churches would decorate the worship space with palms and in many places the kids would bring these down the aisles during the worship service. In doing this we remember Jesus entrance into Jerusalem and how the crowds worshiped him. It stands in contrast to just 5 days later where we see the fickleness of humanity.
I wondered something though.
I wondered, if instead of us having the kids bring palms forward during worship, if we did something different.
That something different is this; how about we all bring a blanket, a coat or a sleeping bag to worship on Palm Sunday. The intention would be to give them away. So if we brought these essential items we could make sure it went to one of the homeless missions in our area.
That way, by doing this action, we would still be responding to Jesus (like the crowds of Jerusalem) but also taking care of the poor and suffering.
How about joining me with this next week?
Are you game?
This Thursday night (TONIGHT) we are hosting a sharing your faith workshop. This is part of a bigger plan to equip us to have the necessary tools to speak about our faith.
Over and over again, I have heard the mantra that I should share my faith. But no one told me how. I'm determined as a pastor, to not let that happen under my leadership. So over the next few years there will be lots of opportunities to learn how to share our faith. Naturally I encourage you to participate in these.
Sharing our faith is not something many of us do naturally, but it is something that Jesus asks us to do. He creates opportunities and openings that we can speak into. The very least we can do is to be prepared to act when he makes the way.