We will gather two times this weekend. On Friday we’ll come together at 7PM for Tenebrae — a night of original art, music, and spoken word that marks the last moments of Jesus’ life on earth. On Sunday, we celebrate true joy in marking Easter — we will re-examine the story of Jesus’ plan to rescue us from a broken world. Afterwards we meet at Nevin Community Park (shelter #1) for our annual community picnic.
We expect transformation in the midst of being struck by the reality that God is pursuing every one of us. To that end, our community is coming together to celebrate and gather around a desire to know more about how God desires to transform our lives.
Every year this is the high water mark in terms of attendance at Warehouse. It is the south after all, and many people who will not ordinarily attend a church will choose this day to do so.
What does that mean for us as a community? Two things:
1> Choose an Event and Invite a Friend. This is a prime week to pray about and invite a friend to come with you to Warehouse. Your friends and co-workers will likely be more open to an invitation this week than any other week in the year. We have two distinctly different ways for people to explore Warehouse, through Friday’s Tenebrae meditation and Sunday’s celebration. Let’s leverage these opportunities for the sake of getting the gospel to as many people as possible.
2> We want to see you there. With lots of new people in attendance, who often sit back and watch, it is important to have as many of our community there as possible in order to bring energy to our gathering, and provide a warm, welcoming presence. The needs are high. You are a critical component to making this a positive experience for those who visit.
God’s story is powerful and important. Easter is a great time to invite friends to be surprised by God’s pursuit of them.
Here’s the nitty-gritty sound-bite information:
> Friday evening is a Tenebrae service, filled with raw emotion, original art and music. It starts at 7pm, and has a separate event for kids in the front of the building. This year’s event has a twist, in that all eight teams that are creating new work for the service were given songs previously written for Tenebrae as a part of their inspiration. These songs are all written by Sing, These Lions, one of our songwriting teams, and will be on their new album that’s being released during the Easter week. If you want to read about the stories behind these songs that are inspiring this year’s artists, check out their blog at SingTheseLions.com.
> Sunday is an Easter celebration of life and hope that will include stories of hope, marking the personal, experiential power of Christ in individual lives. And the celebration will continue at Nevin Park.
Each compelling in their own right, linked certainly, yet divergent enough in theme and approach to ask the question, who do I invite? The simple answer? Invite the person to the event that has the best hope of continuing the dialogue you already have with them. May God move through us as we engage in life-affirming conversation.