I was picking up a pizza at a local tavern last week. The women at the register asked how the church was going, and I used it as an opportunity to invite her and her husband to worship on Easter. She said she appreciated the invitation but did not want to be lumped into the group of people who "only go to church on Easter." I told her if you only go to worship once year, make sure it is Easter! There is no better day to worship God than Easter!
The fact is, Easter will be celebrated around the world by more people than we could ever count. People who come every week and people who come once a year will prioritize this one day and seek a message of faith. Folks who will hang on to every word of the message and folks who will not sure why Christians are so excited about the resurrection will be in a church on Easter. Those who are proud of their faith and those proud that they do not adhere to faith will show up. Some will be happy they came with their entire family, and others will come just to make their family happy.
Many of you who read this weekly email have gone all in living the values of Big Life and would even be at church in the middle of a snow storm...like you were all winter! Yet others of you are in a different place. Maybe you came once long ago and can't bring yourself to unplug completely. Maybe you came a few times and then life changed or the time got away from you. Or maybe you feel your life actually is too busy to worship consistently. Let THIS be a week that you choose faith. Do not let anything stand between you and celebrating Easter with the rest of the Christians in the world.
I am not sure what will nudge you out the door this Sunday, but I hope something does. We would love for you to make plans to worship this Sunday at either 9:30 or 11:00 at Big Life C.C. As we gather to worship this Sunday, we each will choose to make the most of it. So sing a little louder, give a little more, shake a few more hands, welcome a few moe people, and pray with a little more focus than you would on another day. The resurrection is the reason for our faith. It is the capstone of Jesus' unique place in history and in our worship. It is the promise of God that life is stronger than death and love is stronger than hate.
See you this Sunday as we celebrate Easter! Invite a friend, family member, or coworker to come with you to Easter at Big Life C.C.