This past Sunday was the beginning of Holy Week. Once again, a donkey came down the aisle in our Palm Sunday worship services. It was so good to have so many of our children in worship waving palms, leading us in worship, and then joyfully picking up eggs at the postponed Easter Egg hunt in the gym.
It was an electric Sunday. That was the mood in Jerusalem when Jesus rode in on a donkey that first Palm Sunday. Lots of people. All celebrating Jesus coming into the city.
What seemed like a party was really a parade to the cross. And last night, we joined the parade with Jesus leading us into the darkness of Holy Week. We sat with Jesus and the disciples in the upper room, we took communion together…. and then we continued walking to the cross in our Tenebrae Service of Darkness.
On this Good Friday, we wait. We live in the darkness of Jesus’ suffering and death, and his burial in the tomb. I encourage you to find some moments of personal reflection on Jesus’ sacrifice for you by reading Luke 23.
Until Sunday morning. Then we will celebrate together the day that changed the world forever: EASTER SUNDAY
All together now−at the top of your lungs: “He Is Risen Indeed!”
As GRACE Church turns 5 years old, we will celebrate the reason we exist. We will say together the truth that Jesus is alive.
We will have 4 services Easter morning.
At 7:00 am, we will have an Easter Prayer Service on our new campus (4301 Hecktown Road). The outdoor service will be 30 minutes long. Please bring a lawn chair if you would like to sit.
At 8:30 and 9:45 am, we will have our Classic Services back at BECAHI. Our choir will lead us culminating in the Hallelujah Chorus. We expect our biggest crowds at 9:45, so you may want to consider coming to the early service.
At 11:00 am, we will have a full live band leading us to sing the powerful truth of Easter.
Our GRACE Kids ministry will be in full swing for Easter Sunday morning- for kids birth to 5th grade at all of our BECAHI services.
At our BECAHI services, you will receive an Easter gift to help you apply the truth of the resurrection to your life journey – whether you are on a difficult road or on a beautiful road.
This year, I can’t wait to hear you say: “He is Risen Indeed!”
I hope you will be there to celebrate, and I also pray you will invite your friends and neighbors to join you — what a privilege to “invite all to know the grace of Jesus!”
With Easter Anticipation,
Dr. Marnie Crumpler