Tomorrow marks the largest celebration of the year for most churches, EASTER! We look forward to this day all year because it is when we get to celebrate HUGE our resurrected savior. But the reality is, Monday is just as important as Sunday, and as Friday and as, well you get it, Today! That is why I am so pumped today. TODAY we served over 800 people in the Bromley Neighborhood in Hamilton and at the Grace Rogers School in East Windsor. For those of you who were there, you know it was absolutely incredible seeing all of us connect with the people we love so much and were called to plant 217church for.
Today was AWESOME because it was our largest serving event we have ever pulled off.
Even our own 217kids were getting into the act of serving by face-painting at our free Egg hunt events.
Today just felt right! This is what we are about, who we are as 217church… SERVING RELENTLESSLY and rebuilding lives one person at a time. It was exciting on so many levels because we saw the fruit of 4+ years serving the Bromley neighborhood and the relationships that have been built as well as the possibilities that are before us in East Windsor. But How do we make the most of this Easter?
Here Are 5 Ways To Make The Most of Your Easter –
#1 Serve Someone – You’d be surprised how easy this is. My friend Matt’s wife did an egg hunt in for all the neighborhood kids. You could still probably pull that off! Maybe no one will see your act of service, but nevertheless, Just do it because JESUS IS ALIVE!
#2 Leave a HUGE TIP – If you go out to eat on Easter Sunday and call yourself a Christ Follower, TIP LIKE JESUS HAS JUST BEEN RESURRECTED! Tip like Jesus owns your money. Tip because most likely, that person serving you tomorrow, had to sacrifice time with family. How about a 100% tip. Make them smile when you leave. JESUS IS ALIVE!
#3 Make Things Right With JESUS – You’ve been attending church for years for once a month. You know stuff about Jesus. Truth is, most of us are educated far beyond our level of obedience. But today, it’s time to make things right. YOU NEED FORGIVENESS. Guilt, gone. Shame, done. Pain, healed. Discontentment, smothered by the peace of Jesus. JESUS IS ALIVE!
#4 Focus on Monday – One of the biggest mistakes we make is blowing by Easter and changing NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH in our behaviors. Don’t just get caught up in the emotionalism and the crowd worshiping Jesus. Have a plan for your Monday transformation. Start a new habit, write a letter, forgive your family, release the grudge. JESUS IS ALIVE!
#5 Tell Your Loved Ones How You Feel – Don’t let this Easter pass by without reaching out and grabbing the hand of that Dad, mom, husband, wife, daughter, son, or friend, and tell them how much you LOVE THEM. This may be a HUGE act of courage, but JESUS IS ALIVE! It’s worth it.
Easter Celebration WILL BE INCREDIBLE tomorrow. For my out of town family and friends who read this, I love and miss you all, BUT I know I will see you again SOON! Here is an excerpt of My preaching text tomorrow.
“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. ” Matthew 28:1
In Just 12 short hours, we start setting up the theater…This is going to be fun.
Join us at 217church for our Easter celebration and for our new series Live Differently…
April 20 – Easter – A Life Transformed
April 27 – Spiritual Health
May 4 – Financial Health
May 11- Family Health
May 18 – Physical Health
This Easter Sunday April 20th join us at 217church, a multi-site, contemporary church in Mercer County NJ. 217church is a family with small groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that meets Sundays in the Hamilton AMC24 Theater 9:30 & 11am and Grace Rogers School in East Windsor, NJ at 10:15. Our new East Windsor Campus meets every Sunday. If you are looking for a church in East Windsor NJ, Lawrenceville NJ, Ewing NJ, Robbinsville NJ, Hightstown NJ, Hamilton NJ, Mercer County, Middlesex County or Bucks County, PA, don’t miss our weekend services. Visit www.217church.com for more information.