Dear Church Family and Friends,
I know most, if not all of you, have heard the statement, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.” It is a phase used to express hope in the face of the horrible crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that the resurrection is coming. New hope, new life, a new beginning for those who put their faith in Jesus’ death burial and resurrection.
While I know this is not the week before Easter, I do know Easter is coming and will be here before we know it. I would love for us to be ready more than just having a new outfit to wear. I want us to be ready spiritually as well.
How do we begin now to prepare for Easter coming? I am glad you ask…LOL I read this article, Nine Considerations for Church Members This Easter, By Thom S. Rainer. I would like to share his insight with you now so we can begin to put them into practice and be prepared for the coming of Easter.
Easter will be one of the highest attended days of the year for our church. It may be the highest.
There will be some people you don’t know. Some of them are guests. Others are members who attend infrequently.
You have an opportunity to make a gospel impression on these people with a few simple acts. Indeed, you have an opportunity to make an eternal difference. Here are nine servant actions for you to consider.
Pray as you enter the property. Pray for the guests. Pray for the services. Pray for the pastor and the sermon.
Park at the most distant spot available. Save the closer parking places for guests.
Greet people. They may be guests. They may be members. It’s okay to introduce yourself to either.
Look for people to help. You know the place well. Many others will not. Be a guide. Help someone who looks like he or she needs help.
Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center. Save the back rows for guests and late entrants, so they don’t have to walk past so many people.
Sit in the middle. Don’t claim that aisle seat where people have to walk over you or past you.
Sit closely. Your worship center may be packed. If so, be willing to sit cheek to cheek.
Volunteer to serve. As the number of attendees increase, so does the need for volunteers. The parking team, kids ministry, and church greeter ministry are a few of the areas that will need more volunteers to help serve and minister to members and guests.
Pray as you leave. The Holy Spirit is likely working in many persons who attended. Pray for His continual work of conviction and comfort.
These are simple acts. They are acts of service. And if you survive doing these acts of kindness and service on Easter, you just might be able to do them on other days of worship as well. So to prepare, because Easter is coming, let’s start putting these things into practice today as we get ready for Easter to have on our very best Christ-like heart of servitude and worship.
Until next week, Love and prayers,