In this day and age we are flooded with information. However, with allegations of fake news and spin doctoring it is hard to know what to believe. Nevertheless, people still want to know, they want answers.
This is particularly the case during the Easter Holiday, a time when society is faced with questions about religion: who was Christ, what do these traditions mean, is there something for me in religion?
Interestingly, it was no different in the time of the first Easter. Just days after the Crucifixion people were questioning the events—the veiling of the sun, the temple curtain, the earthquake and the rising of the dead. These unsettling events were causing the people to re-evaluate who Jesus was.
There is no better example than the two men journeying to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35). Although unbeknownst to them, Jesus inserted himself into their conversation and “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”
Here we see Jesus taking a personal touch in helping others see the True Light.
We have this same opportunity. We have worked to “insert” ourselves in the lives of our family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. We have gained their trust. Now, like Jesus we need to help them understand the Scripture concerning Jesus Christ and the wonderful gift he represents. This can start with a simple invitation to church. In fact, in Dr. Thom Rainer's The Unchurched Next Door he states that 82% of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if personally invited! Don’t be shy about inviting someone to church, according to this statistic they are very likely to accept your invitation.
I know first hand that the personal touch really works. My wife, Penny, came to know Christ through the invitation of a high school classmate who invited her to church. Although her friend quickly quit attending, God captured Penny’s heart and has held on to it ever since.
Wouldn’t you like to be part of helping someone find his or her way to Christ?
It starts with an invitation. And there is no better time than our Easter Services. Remember you have the GOOD NEWS to share!
We are excited to announce that we will have an in-person worship service outside at 8:30am in the MCC parking lot! We can’t wait to see you! In addition, our Sunday live-stream (on Facebook and Instagram) will move to 10:00am for the foreseeable future for those who are not be able to join us.
We’ve chosen for our service to happen outdoors as there are still a number of requirements and protocol for indoor gatherings. So, we are not inviting you to join us indoors at this time. Instead, come for our outdoor gathering, or continue to join us online later from home.
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!