Saturday, Fellowship Church is hosting this barbecue.
There will be free bugers and music and this ridiculously huge easter egg hunt.
On top of this enormous undertaking, we are serving the community somewhere every single day this week through our unbelievable small groups.
And as if this weren’t enough, tomorrow, before the festivities, will be a work day focused on the church itself.
Good people with busy schedules and strapped resources have put an almost decadent amount of time, treasure, and talent into all this.
Through out the planning and implementation of all this, leadership has kept all of on a really clear vision: reaching out to the community with hope. We’re not trying to trick people into coming to church. We’re not trying to bait-and-switch: you think you’re getting a burger, but then you have to listen to a sermon to get it. Church leadership has had to keep even my own liberal post-modern self focused on the importance of what we’re doing.
Despite the fact that I’ve had a few flirtations with heading in the wrong direction, there is something that has apealed to me, at a gut level about all this: Reaching out with hope at Easter time.
Tonight, I had it all put into words. I was reading “Surprised by Hope” (If you’re sick of reading me blog about the book hang in there: I’m almost done.)
Firstly, he says some amazing things about how out-of-balance Lent is with Easter. Forty days of going without something, forty days of somber reflections, forty days of despair… And then one day of celebration? No wonder people people don’t see what we have as good news! He goes on:
“If Lent is a time to give things up, then Easter ought to be a time to take things up… Christian holiness was never meant to be merely negative… If Calvary means putting to death things in your life that need killing off… then Easter should mean planting, watering, and training things up in your life… The forty days of the Easter season ought to balance out Lent by taking something up, some new task or venture, something wholesome and fruitfull and self-giving. You may be able to do it only for six weeks, just as you may be able to only go without beer or tobacco only for the six weeks of Lent.”
And so I find myself wondering: what will my new task or venture be? What am I going to take up for Easter?
Will you join me? Perhaps even inspire me? What will you take up for Easter?