26 Feb Why It’s Not too Soon for You to Think about Easter
Perhaps you’ve already begun preparing for Easter. For those in more orthodox traditions, Ash Wednesday (February 14th this year) kicked off the 40-day season of reflection and repentance known as Lent. Observers will often give up habits, foods or small luxuries in order to remind them of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.
Whether or not you choose to fast for Lent, it’s not too soon to begin preparing yourself to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter. Here are three things you can do:
1. Spend some time praying and reflecting on God’s grace in your life.
Re-read the Crucifixion and Resurrection accounts from one of the Gospels. Then, take some time to say thank you to Jesus for accepting the punishment for your sin. If you are holding onto a particular sin or pattern, confess it to God and give it to Him.
2. Pray for God to show you who you can invite to our Easter services.
Easter is probably the most natural time of year to talk to your unchurched friends about Jesus. This year, we will have four identical opportunities to attend: 6:45 (sunrise), 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 a.m. Consider inviting a friend, neighbor or co-worker to join you at one of them!
3. Find a way to serve on Easter weekend.
As you can imagine, doubling the number of our weekend services calls for an even greater army of volunteers. Easter will be “all-hands-on-deck” in every ministry area. If you hadn’t already planned to, perhaps you could attend one service and serve at another—or two or three. You might even find a ministry you’d like to serve in after Easter is over!