Easter Weekend @ Connexus

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. 


1 Comment

  1. James Laxton says, March 23, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I am really pleased to see a couple of sermons being done about eastern religions and how they relate to Christianity because that is how I found my belief in god. The way that all religions relate and talk of the same values is amazing and my personal motto comes for the Hindus explanation of the many gods they have,"one god called by many names". see they even believe in one god and even have a trinity , sheiva brava and vishnu. This just give rise to a theory many have, that somewhere along the way the story may have been changed much like broken telephone which just provides evidence that that we are on the right path and if I was much older that 16 I'm sure that I would be able to find quotes from the bible that relate to the eight fold path of the Buddhists and many others that relate to the Muslims, tao and to may other religions that have the same value and even support some the stories in the bible.much like how Buddha spent 40 days and 40 nights under a boddi tree and spent the rest of his life teaching others much like the Jesus did in the desert making it more evident that we believe in very similar things and these stories or truths as they may be help prove our beliefs. So I hope that other see the connection and learn many things as I have from my experiences.

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