The other day I handed out an invitation to Easter worship. The invitee thanked me and then said, “Wait! When is Easter this year?”
“March 31st,” I replied. “It’s early.”
“Yeah! Easter is supposed to be April’s holiday,” she said.
Easter is early this year, isn’t it? Did you know it’s not even the earliest it can be? Easter can fall as early as March 22. Of course, the last time it did was in 1818 and it won’t happen again until 2285. I don’t have any delusions I will be around to celebrate it then, but that’s okay. While the date may change, the celebration is always the same. On Easter we celebrate the day of our Savior’s resurrection to life. We celebrate his victory over sin and Satan – the victory he won for you.
Easter may be the most important day of all time. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul expresses the extreme importance of Easter:
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)
Without Easter we would still be stuck in our sins. Without Easter we would not have the assurance that Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins was accepted by God. Without Easter we wouldn’t have any hope, any joy, or any life, but Jesus did rise from the dead. After he had suffered our pain and our punishment for our sin, he rose again for our life – to give us new life. Because of Easter you can join Paul as he expresses the amazing and joyful truth Easter provides:
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
Easter isn’t just an April holiday. It isn’t just a March holiday. Easter is an every-day holiday. Celebrate Christ’s resurrection every day because through Christ’s resurrection you know you have new life; you know you will rise after your death; you know you will be brought into glory because of what Jesus did for you. Celebrate Easter with Beautiful Savior on March 31st, and on every Sunday of the year. Celebrate Easter in your own life every single day by giving thanks to God that you have victory in Christ Jesus!
The Sundays following Easter will begin a 5 week series on Easter as an everyday celebration!
Easter is not the only special day we celebrate and remember this month. Join the family of Beautiful Savior for these other worship opportunities:
SUNDAY MARCH 24TH – PALM SUNDAY – 9:30AM
On Palm Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into the royal city of Jerusalem. We see him enter as a king, but this is the beginning of the week that would close with his immense suffering and death. We join in singing Hosannas to him on this Palm Sunday, knowing he truly is our king. Join us for worship and our Palm Sunday procession of palm branches. The children of our Sunday School will also lift their voices in a song of praise to our Savior.
THURSDAY MARCH 28TH – MAUNDY THURSDAY – 7:00PM
On the night on which he was betrayed Jesus took bread, gave thanks and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat. This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” We remember the evening of Jesus’ betrayal and the night on which he instituted the Lord’s Supper with a solemn service. Join us for a service in which we will remember the words of Jesus’ last will and testament. Lord’s Supper will be offered in this evening service.
FRIDAY MARCH 29TH – GOOD FRIDAY
SERVICE OF THE CROSS – 3:00PM
SERVICE OF DARKNESS – 7:00PM
Jesus died on Good Friday. How can the day of death be called good? Jesus died to rescue us. He died so that we might have life. Join the family of Beautiful Savior as we stand before Jesus’ cross and thank him that he gave his life for us. His Cross. His Crown. Our Victory!
SUNDAY MARCH 31ST – EASTER SUNDAY
SUNRISE SERVICE – 7:00AM
EASTER RECEPTION – 8:15AM
CELEBRATION SERVICE – 9:30AM
Easter Sunday morning is a morning filled with magnificence. Just as the sun rises on a new day, our Beautiful Savior Jesus rose again to life. Celebrate the victory God won for us! Regardless of your past, regardless of your circumstances, God wants you to know the joy of Easter. Join us as we celebrate that joy. His Cross. His Crown. Our Victory!
Team Reach has been busy organizing for a great community outreach event. On March 23rd, Beautiful Savior will host a community Easter Egg Hunt. Team Reach needs your help to ensure this event is a success. Please look over the sign-up sheets to see how you might be able to help this event both with donations and volunteer service.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the family of Beautiful Savior to reach out to our community, share the love of Jesus, and invite families back to hear more about their Beautiful Savior. Please consider offering your time and donations for the Community Easter Egg Hunt on March 23rd.