Are you ready for Easter?

This Sunday I want to talk about how to prepare for Easter. Maybe you haven’t given that much thought.  After all, we all lead busy lives. 

We do a good job of preparing for Christmas.  There are signs everywhere that something special is going to happen. We hang wreaths, light candles, trim the tree, wrap gifts, and string enough electric lights all around our houses to make the electric company happy.

But Easter? What do you do? If you’re fanatic maybe you die a few eggs and buy a new outfit and you’re done.

But to Christians, Easter is the most important day of the year, or it should be. It’s the day we celebrate the central event of history, the day Jesus rose from the dead in order to make eternal life possible for you and me. So maybe we can give at least 20 minutes or so of thought to what we can do in the coming week to prepare for Easter.

For centuries, Christians have prepared for Easter by observing Lent, a period that begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Palm Sunday. It is to be a time of repentance, denying a particular pleasure or convenience or taking on a new task of service. For example, a person might give up chocolate or volunteer one day a week for a shelter to prepare themselves in heart and mind for the week of Easter.

But we don’t do that much anymore, and I think we’re worse off because of it. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late. This Sunday I want to share with you three ways you and I can effectively and meaningfully prepare for Easter.

So Join me this Sunday, April 14, for my sermon “How to Prepare for Easter” from Luke 19:29-44.

Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

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