If you need to clear away some spiritual cobwebs or toss out some unspiritual clutter that’s affecting your soul, then take advantage of Good Friday and Easter Sunday to accomplish some significant spiritual spring cleaning.
Typically, a Good Friday service is not the cheeriest of worship experiences (because, of course, it’s not intended to be), but it is a very meaningful service that often begins a weekend of spiritual renewal for those who participate in it. This year we’re taking a fresh approach to our Good Friday service as we use sight, sound and silence to recall Jesus at the Last Supper, in the Garden of Gethsemane, in the custody of His captors, and on the cross. We’ll sing, pray, read Scripture, reflect quietly, take communion, and probably leave the service with some heavy spiritual thoughts. But we won’t be downhearted, because we’ll know, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!
And when Easter Sunday morning arrives we will certainly be celebrating here at Northwest Hills! As we commemorate Christ and His resurrection, you can count on a festive atmosphere, energetic and joyful worship, a Scripture message of incredible hope, delicious morning refreshments in our courtyard, and good times with our church family all around our church campus.
Invite your friends – especially those who do not yet attend a church – to come along with you for one of our worship services at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:00 a.m. Tell your middle school and high school students about the special Student Ministries Easter celebration at 9:30 in the Student Ministries Center, and bring along the young ones for our Treasure Harbor (Children’s Ministry) groups that will feature special Easter activities for all children present during the 9:30 and 11:00 services.
It often happens that many breeze through a Good Friday-Easter weekend without really connecting with God and experiencing the renewal that comes from worshipping Him and celebrating His goodness. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen with any of us this year. Decide now to put God first, and to be deliberate about participating wholeheartedly in the worship and fellowship opportunities that refresh and renew our spirit. It’ll take a little planning and effort on our part, but it’s worth it!
Posted on April 2, 2012