Getting Ready for Easter Sunday (04-24-11)
There is something special about the people of God coming together for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). Thus, we hope that Sundays at New City are a highlight of your week. In an effort to help you get more out of it, we're posting a short preview of the upcoming Sunday gathering each week.
The highlight of the Christian calendar is Easter Sunday, where we fix our eyes on Jesus and celebrate his resurrection. Our worship gathering will be bookended with songs pointing you to Jesus (Come See the Son and In Christ Alone). We'll hone in on Jesus' resurrection in our responsive readings and the song He's Alive. We'll also sing about the effects of the resurrection: Jesus can really save us (Hosanna), he has defeated death (Death In His Grave), and he has the power to redeem and restore the world (All Things New).
The teaching will be based on Acts 16:11-34. This is the story of the conversions of three very different people in a town called Philippi. If Jesus really rose from the dead, then this means he is still alive. And if he's still alive, then he can still change lives.
This is a great week to invite friends and family. Who are you going to bring with you?
Here's an ancient prayer to help you get your heart ready for Sunday:
Glory to you, Jesus, friend of all!
Glory to you, O merciful Lord!
Glory to you, longsuffering God!
Glory to you, who takes away all sins!
Glory to you, who came to save us!
Glory to you, who became flesh in the womb of the virgin!
Glory to you, bound in cords!
Glory to you, whipped and scourged!
Glory to you, mocked and derided!
Glory to you, nailed to the cross!
Glory to you, buried and risen!
Glory to you, proclaimed to all mankind, who believe in you!
Glory to you, ascended to heaven!
(Ephraem, 306-373 AD)