What is all the fuss about?
Why did the candy aisle change the day after Valentine’s Day?
Why will churches have their best attendances for the year this Sunday?
What in the world are peeps?
According to the National Retail Federation Easter spending lags behind only Christmas/Winter Holidays and Mother’s Day for the amount most folks plan on spending. That puts it ahead of Valentine’s Day and Halloween. It even beats the Super Bowl and July 4th. We can talk about why Mother’s Day is almost twice that of Father’s Day in another article.
Eighty One percent of us say we will celebrate Easter. Eighty Seven percent of parents buy Easter Baskets for their kids while only about fifty percent of us say we will go to church. According to one group Anchorage, Alaska is the 97th out of 100 best places to celebrate Easter. Anchorage falls just behind Gilbert, Arizona and a head of Glendale, Arizona. Anchorage scores well on having a lot of kids but very poorly on having good weather. Obviously the folks doing the calculations are from the south.
Literally billions of dollars will be spent on Easter cards, chocolate and clothes.
So what is the big deal? Why do we put it on our calendar and make an effort to create, remember and practice traditions?
I Corinthians 15: 1 – 5
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved. If you hold firmly to the word preached to you. Otherwise you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter and then to the twelve.
That’s the big deal. The love of God and the salvation offered in Jesus Christ is why we gather. The eggs and chocolate, the bunnies and the cards, the new dresses and movies and TV shows all can point to the love of God in Christ for you and me. Make room in your life to celebrate this week-end.
March 29 Maundy Thursday
A service of Passover and Tenebrae at Christ First United Methodist Church begin at 6:00. Come and join us for the meal and the worship.
March 30 Good Friday
Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 7:00PM
Service at Palmer Church on the Rock at 7:00PM
April 1 Easter Sunday
Sunrise Service at 7:00AM here at the church.
Breakfast served from 8 – 9:30 ish here at the church.
Service at 10:00 with special music, communion and preaching.
Table Talk following the service.
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