We are hours away from the greatest EASTER celebration ever at Crossroads. Thom Rainer has some great suggestions for all of us:
“Easter will be one of the highest attended days of the year for your church. It may be the highest.
There will be some people you don’t know. Some of them are guests. Others are members who attend infrequently.
You have an opportunity to make a gospel impression on these people with a few simple acts. Indeed, you have an opportunity to make an eternal difference. Here are nine servant actions for you to consider.
- 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 side-by-side.
- 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.
These are simple acts. They are acts of service. And if you survive doing these acts of kindness and service on Easter, you just might be able to do them on other days of worship as well.”1
To help us get ready for what God is going to do this weekend, may I add:
- PRAY! That’s the first and best thing we can all do to get ready for EASTER! Pray for everything. Everyone serving. Everyone leading. Everyone coming. Ask God to speak to you and every person who comes to one of our EIGHT EASTER SERVICES.
- COME to our GOOD FRIDAY service tomorrow night at 7:00. (We’ll have a Spanish service in the chapel, too!). This is a terrific opportunity for all of our volunteers and their families to worship together before serving this weekend. Plus, it will make more room for our guests on Sunday.
- INVITE everyone you know to come and don’t take “no” for an answer. Use the social media promos we have on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Inviting people to EASTER may not seem like a big deal at first. But, when you consider the eternal ramifications it suddenly becomes a big deal.
Years ago, Flight 90, a passenger jet for Air Florida, crashed into the 14th Street Bridge just two miles from the White House, and plunged into the icy waters of the Potomac River below. Watching on the news, I was stunned as people on the bank of the river dove into the frigid water to save total strangers. It left an indelible impression on me I will never forget.
We never know the impact our invitation might have on the eternal destinies of those we invite.
- WELCOME every person you see. Help us make every person feel right at home so they will want to come back even before the service begins.
This is going to be a phenomenal weekend as we have the privilege of sharing the greatest news ever heard: HE IS NOT HERE. HE IS RISEN!
If you haven't been baptized yet, join us tomorrow at 12:00 noon. There’s still time for you to come and be a part of this amazing event!
I can’t wait to see you this Easter!
© 2016. Barry L. Cameron
[For the times and locations of all of our services, go to: easteratcrossroads.org]
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.