“Preparing for Easter”
There was a time that many folks prepared for Easter Sunday by purchasing new clothes to wear to church for the Easter services. Thankfully the custom of having a new outfit for Easter Sunday has gone the way of the typewriter, still used by a few, but ignored by most folks. Easter Sunday is not about us looking good, but is about new life, abundant life and eternal life that is provided to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
Below are five actions that can help you experience the real meaning of Easter.
1. Invite someone who is not a Christian to attend Easter worship services with you. More people are open to attending church on Easter Sunday than any other Sunday of the year. A few may attend church without being invited, but the vast majority need and desire an invitation.
2. When you arise on Easter Sunday make your first words, “He is risen!” Explain to your family that the greeting for Easter Sunday is “He is risen!” and the response is “He is risen indeed!”
3. Before you leave your house read the story of the resurrection. Yes, you will hear it again at church during the worship, but it is a story so strong and powerful it cannot be appreciated in just one reading.
4. Before you leave your house ask God to give you both the enthusiasm of a child regarding Easter and the maturity of mind to engage in the significance of the event.
5. When you arrive at church intentionally greet people you do not know and thank them for celebrating the resurrection of our Lord with the North Shelby Baptist Church family.
See you Sunday when I will say to you, “He is risen!” and you will respond, “He is risen indeed!”
Your interim pastor,
Dr. Gary Fenton