So tomorrow is Good Friday, and Sunday is Easter. More and more over the years, I’m meeting people who are experiencing these events for the first time (hey – this is my first Easter in the church. Never been to a Good Friday service before…) Awesome!
So what’s the deal with each and how can these services make a difference in our lives?
Good Friday | Single Service: 10:00 a.m. | Barrie and Orillia Campuses
I had a sneak peak at the Good Friday service earlier this week and I can only say I can hardly wait. Something happens when people gather to remember Jesus’ death and try to grasp what it means. The music will be phenomenal, and for the first time since we launched, we’ll celebrate communion together, remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection. I will give the message simultaneously at each campus and Rich Birch and I will be leading communion at the campuses.
I’m really hoping no one from our Connexus family misses out on the Good Friday services tomorrow. Waumba Land and UpStreet are open at each campus during the Good Friday service. xTreme kids will join the adults for the service.
Easter Sunday | 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. | Barrie and Orillia Campuses
We’ve got two services running at each campus Sunday as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and I’m thinking they are going to be amazing. We’ve even lined up some surprises for Jesus the Guru. This is a "throw-the-doors-wide-open-and-invite-everyone" kind of weekend. We’ve got powerful music and what we pray will be fantastic messages lined up at each campus.
So do make some calls and just ask people to come with you. If you regularly attend the 10 a.m. services at either campus, please consider attending the 8:30 service so we have adequate room for the community at both services. Thanks!
Here’s what’s up:
- In Orillia, Andy Stanley wraps up his powerful series Playing God with a special Easter message we’re running only at our Orillia campus. You really don’t want to miss it.
- In Barrie, I launch the new series Jesus the Guru (which starts in Orillia on March 30th). We’ll look at why it is that people all over the world have a natural curiosity and desire to know God, and what makes Christianity unique among different religions. We’ll look at how you can trace out the unique imprint God may be fashioning in your heart and what to do with it in light of what happened at Easter.
- Remember, the first 50 families who bring their friends to Jesus the Guru will be able to pick up a $35 gift card toward lunch at some popular area restaurants – all part of helping you open a dialogue with your friends who don’t go to church.
Really praying for you and trusting this to be a spectacular spilling over of God’s love and grace this weekend. Come ready to drink big from God’s goodness, with you and your friends.