What a wonderful week for the follower of Jesus Christ! Today is Good Friday, the day we remember and celebrate the greatest act of love ever demonstrated, when the Son of God died on the cross for the sins of the world. Tonight at 6:00pm many Austin churches will come together for an evening of worship, communion, and a concert by Michael W. Smith. For those planning to attend, I encourage you to get to the Frank Erwin Center in plenty of time because parking will be a challenge. I am looking forward to being there. Some of our Great Hills members will help lead during worship. It is going to be a powerful evening.
Resurrection Sunday at GHBC will be a day to remember. In an attempt to reach out to as many people as we can with the gospel of our Savior, we are doing things a bit differently this year. At 10:00am we will start the helicopter egg-drop for the preschoolers, and shortly afterward we will drop another 10,000 eggs for the grade-school children. A free breakfast will be served in the Great Hall and Ministry Mall areas following the egg-drop. We will start a few minutes before 11:00am in the worship center with some free prize giveaways. Then we will worship our resurrected King. My text for Sunday is Ephesians 2:8-10, and I ask that you please pray for me as I preach the simple gospel message to many on this Easter Sunday. Our ushers will receive the offering at the entrances to the Worship Center, so please remember to give your tithes and offerings as you exit on Sunday. We will also have our orange buckets for the Change-Your-World benevolence offering.
Every Sunday God blesses us with many first-time guests, and this Sunday we could have hundreds of people on our church campus who have never attended before. Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, gives churches some very helpful and practical ways to minister to guests on Easter Sunday:
- Pray as you enter the property. Pray for the guests. Pray for the services. Pray for the pastor and the sermon.
- Park at the most distant spot available. Save the closer parking places for guests.
- Greet people. They may be guests. They may be members. It’s okay to introduce yourself to either.
- Look for people to help. You know the place well. Many others will not. Be a guide. Help someone who looks like he or she needs help.
- Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center. Save the back rows for guests and late entrants, so they don’t have to walk past so many people.
- Sit in the middle. Don’t claim that aisle seat where people have to walk over you or past you.
- Sit closely. Your worship center may be packed. If so, be willing to sit cheek to cheek.
- Volunteer to serve. As the number of attendees increase, so does the need for volunteers. The parking team, kids ministry, and church greeter ministry are a few of the areas that will need more volunteers to help serve and minister to members and guests.
- Pray as you leave. The Holy Spirit is likely working in many persons who attended. Pray for His continual work of conviction and comfort.
Thank you to so many who continue to serve and give so our church can be a radiant church shining the love of God to Austin, Texas, and the world. The first quarter of a New Year is difficult for most churches financially, and we are no exception. Every Sunday we need to receive $60,000 as a bare minimum to operate our church. For the year so far we are averaging around $53,000 a week and that shortfall has already produced a large deficit. As your pastor it is part of my job to communicate to you who we are and where we are as a church. God is blessing our church in ways too numerous to count; however, we truly need your consistent tithes for the ministries of our church and your offerings for our Building Vision Campaign and mission endeavors.
Have a blessed weekend. It is going to be a wonderful Friday evening and Sunday morning!