This week the weather maybe wet & dreary but my Apple weather app says next week will be warm and glorious. How perfect is that for us to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! What a perfect time to invite and welcome our co-workers, neighbors, friends and family to join us. There are many opportunities throughout Holy Week leading up to Easter morning to engage in connection, fun and worship together! As Pastor Frank said in his blog this week, “Never forget that most people visit church because someone invited them.” That is a truth that I bet many of you could even testify to personally! If you have a story around how personal invitation drew you into your relationship with Christ, or into Rock Church Ministries, we’d love to hear it. Feel free to comment directly on this blog, on the FB posting for this blog or drop me a personal message letting me know. I’m already looking forward to hearing your stories!
We talk frequently about how all of us are gifted to serve, in fact that is our third core conviction here at Rock Church. But EVERYONE is called to be inviting and welcoming to everyone we meet. In fact, that leads right up to our first core conviction as well, that "EVERYBODY NEEDS JESUS." So if we believe that with all our heart then let's invite everyone we know through social media, handing out the invitation cards at the Welcome Desk or by personal invitation to extend our desire for all to know the mighty and unconditional love of God. Equally as important, when we do have visitors come to join us, let us be sure to welcome them with as family because some will be exactly that shortly. Having this Kingdom mindset allows us to see others with the love of Christ and breaks down that fear of meeting new people, saying hello and smiling. We are Christ’s ambassadors and have the opportunity to make an awesome first impression that just may change someone’s eternity! Trust in the Holy Spirit, allow Him to guide your heart and mind and be empowered with the gifts God has given you to be the best “inviter” and “welcomer” that you can be. I don’t know if those are actually words, but they are now so let’s live them!
Please join me this year as Inviters & Welcomers at one or all of our events & services:
Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday April 8 from 8 a.m. to noon @ St. Matts
Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. @ St. Matts
Good Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. @ Rock Church Amesbury
Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt Sat. April 15, 8-11 a.m.
@ Rock Church Amesbury
Easter Egg Hunt & Activities Sat April 15 10-11 a.m.
@ Plaistow Town Hall
Easter Services Times
Saturday, April 15 at 5 p.m. @ Rock Church Plaistow
Easter Sunday Morning Worship:
St. Matthews – 8:45 a.m.
Rock Church Amesbury – 10:10 a.m.
Rock Church Plaistow – 9:45 and 11:11 a.m.
(There will be no Sunday evening service (Rock@6) on Easter)
As we celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem this week on Palm Sunday, I’d invite you to also reflect on that triumphal day when Jesus entered your heart and you were forever adopted into God’s family. Wow, each of us is now and eternally shall be a son or daughter of The King! Let’s let that fuel us to inviting, welcoming and sharing the Good News of victory through our Lord and Messiah.
May God bless you richly throughout this week ~ for He is good, all the time…
God Bless, PJ