Wait. Remember. Celebrate!
Prepare your Heart for the Resurrection
Easter Season brings excitement of new growth as spring bulbs begin to bloom, the days grow longer and we see the drabness of winter melt away. But we have to come through winter, the drabness, dreary and the dead before we can celebrate the life that emerges in spring.
This is what it’s like as a Christian at Easter... we want to celebrate our risen Christ and indeed we should, but we have to acknowledge that there was misery, pain and death before there was victory because even in his obedience, the Lord suffered a horrific death for our salvation and eternal lives.
The challenge, the place where growth can happen, is to walk slowly through the days of Holy Week watching the bold ministry of Christ. Soak in the parables, the stories of his unashamed boldness in the Temple, see the surrender in his words to his disciples during the Last Supper, the anger, the submission in the Garden of Gethsemane and hear the sorrow in his cry on the Cross as he cries out to his Father.
As you take time to reflect on the last week of Jesus’ life, think about your life and the price that was paid for it. Try not to rush ahead to the celebration, don’t speed through the uncomfortable but ask the Father to speak to you during this time and reflect on your life... what might the Lord be asking you to do in obedience to him... to repent, to be still, to forgive, to surrender, or to be courageous in? And when Sunday comes… oh how we will celebrate! Celebrate with unhinged excitement and joy because we know the price Jesus paid, the love the Father has for us and that we are a part of his family!
Reflection like this often leads to new growth, shedding what is old and tending to what is new growth underneath the surface. We anticipate God to move in life changing ways if you take time this Easter to slow down, reflect and prepare for the celebration that the season of Easter and Resurrection Sunday bring.
During these coming weeks, we have a few experiences you can engage with at home to use this time to slow down and remember what took place, who Jesus is and what makes the Christian faith different than any other religion… the relationship we have with a resurrected King!
Lent is the span of time in the church calendar that starts with Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Jesus’ 40-day fasting and temptation in the desert, Passover Thursday the Seder Dinner, and Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection from the grave after his crucifixion.
Some amazing resources to help you wait and remember through this season of preparing for the Cross, including information on our weekly Facebook LIVE, are available here.
Sun, Mar 28 - Palm Sunday: Join us for services at 9am, 11am, & 6pm
Available online - Journey to the Cross: Enjoy a series of thought-provoking readings to help you reflect on the events of Christ’s death & resurrection
April 2 - Good Friday: Services at 9am & 11am, Stream “Passion of the Christ” at home
April 4 - Resurrection Sunday: Celebration Services online at 9am, 11am, & 6pm
Right click on this picture to "save as" and upload to emails to invite family, friends, and neighbours to recognize and celebrate Easter. You can also simply click on this picture to find a downloadable invite to print, cut, and hand-deliver. Keep your eye out for social media invites to share!