Easter probably feels a little left out when it comes to holidays in our culture. It doesn’t have its own music like Christmas, unless you count the one about Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail. I don’t.
People don’t buy Easter cards like they do on Valentine’s Day. Nor do they shoot off fireworks like they do on the Fourth of July.
When people think candy, they automatically think Halloween, even though Easter candy is the best candy all year. I’m almost 40 and I still get a chocolate bunny every year. And that works for me.
Easter is kind of that here today, gone tomorrow kind of holiday, except for one thing: on Easter, people who normally don’t think about church, think about church.
Maybe that’s you. If it is, I get it. I get that there are a million reasons why people don’t think about church on a regular basis. Maybe you had a bad church experience in the past. Maybe all church people seem to be hypocrites. Maybe the whole thing just seems like part of a bygone era, definitely not something that belongs in the digital age.
I get it. And I even agree with some of it. I’ve had BAD church experiences, with a capital “B.” The church is filled with hypocrites, and I’m one of them.
But those are actually some of the very reasons why I’d love to invite you to Connect on Easter. We understand that it’s not about how good we are. It’s about how good God is. On some level, we are all hypocrites. None of us live the kind of life that we should live every minute of every hour of every day. We’re jacked up, and we know it. But that’s exactly why our church is so amazing. Nobody expects perfection. We don’t look down our self-righteous noses at people who aren’t as good us, because we know that there are many times when we aren’t that good.
At Connect, you can expect a super-relaxed atmosphere. Don’t worry about finding church clothes. Just wear clothes (please). And don’t worry about being pressured to give money, know the right words to the right prayers, etc. Come as you are right now. That’s where we’d love to meet you, because that’s where God meets all of us.
You don’t have to agree with everything we believe to be welcomed at Connect. Actually, you don’t have to believe any of it to be welcomed. If you’re on any kind of spiritual search, if you just think there has to be something more to life, or if you want your kids to learn that life is bigger than just what they can see, then we’d love to welcome you on Easter Sunday (or any other Sunday).
If you have questions, concerns, apprehensions, etc., please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Hope to see you soon!
Mike Edmisten is Lead Pastor at Connect Christian Church, which meets at 9:30 and 11 a.m. every Sunday at WT Elementary School.