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Sunday Replay 3.23.08

Wow!  The word that keeps running through my mind is “unbelievable!”  But I do believe it because I was there!

Easter weekend was amazing!  Can I talk about Saturday in a “Sunday Replay” post?  When we got to the church Saturday morning to set up for the Community Egg Hunt, the snow and wind were blowing around 30 mph and the ground was starting to get covered… We set out the 5000+ eggs anyway — and then waited while we nervously joked about how much harder it would be to pick up the eggs if nobody showed up…  But the folks of our community came through!  Attendance was down some from last year, but we had waymore people than I expected!  We shared the love of Jesus by giving the kids who came a memorable experience and by giving away iPod Shuffles, bicycles, and sidewalk chalk and paint sets.

And then came Easter Sunday…  We hosted the Community Sunrise service at 6:30 AM.  (BTW, did anyone notice that the sun didn’t actually come up until 7:30?  Take note for next year, Planning Committee…) The community choir did a fantastic job on “No More Night” and a nice-sized crowd stayed after for breakfast.

We reset the house for our worship service and sat down for a few minutes to drink a cup and catch our breath…

The service was positively breathtaking!  A full house, lots of new faces, and the worship band definitely banged it out of the park!  So many people I talked to said they wanted worship to go on and on!  For future reference, I could have used another round of “Thank You” – that simple song moved many of us to tears.

The fourth installment of our “Words That Change the World” message series found us considering the question, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”  Too many people look for life in dead things: stuff, success, excess… But real life, true life, can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Our amazing volunteers came through big time – parking cars, serving food, cleaning, moving chairs, taking care of children… Thanks so much for all you do!

Here are some quotes from a couple of emails I’ve received since yesterday afternoon:

“I just wanted to thank all of you for the best Easter service my family and I have ever been to!  The worship was what [we] needed today!”

“Loved being in church yesterday!!!!! It was a blast!!!”

We really were given a great day by the Lord! 

Is anyone else sensing a renewal of purpose and commitment to reaching our community for Jesus?  I am so excited about the future of Jubilee!  We’re not where we want to be yet, but we’re definitely on our way!

Have a great week!

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  1. BIG POPPA
    March 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!! EVER SUNDAY!!!!OUTSTANDING SERMON – Grand Pastor ‘G’!!

    Even though ‘the family’ had to come down off the moutain top we all agreed it was the best Easter we have ever experienced! We (our church) are headed to a whole nother level!

    Like Toby Mac says – ‘Better get on the “J” train!’

  2. Josh
    March 24, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Glad to hear everything want well. We wish we could have been there.

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