This past Sunday at New Morning Church we celebrated the wonderful news “Jesus Paid It All”! If you weren’t able to make it, here’s what you missed:
The opportunity to sing uplifting songs. If you’ve joined us at any point this month, you’ve probably noticed a different set of songs playing before and after each service. We’ve been using an Easter playlist with music focusing on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. We continued that emphasis Sunday as we sang “He Lives,” “Because He Lives,” “How Deep the Father’s Love,” and, what was essentially the service’s theme song, “Jesus Paid It All.” In addition, Maggie sang “O The Blood,” the first solo at New Morning—it was awesome!
The opportunity to hear a biblical message. I preached a sermon titled, you guessed it, “Jesus Paid It All.” I began by talking about my mortgage and how, even though it is an incredibly large debt, I can pay it off through diligence and discipline. I then explained that we all owe a debt that is infinitely greater and that no amount of hard work can reduce. That debt is our sin. But thankfully we are “bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 7:23)! Jesus paid that debt in its entirety when He died on the cross on our behalf and rose from grave.
The opportunity to meet new friends. While we didn’t have record breaking attendance Sunday,
there were twenty-four people in the service and twelve of them were joining us for the very first time! Some of these were neighbors and coworkers invited by our regular attenders; others saw our insert in the newspaper. It was such a joy to have each of them with us and, to show our appreciation for their being there, we sent them home with a small gift bag that included Easter candy and a copy of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Easter.
The opportunity to give to the Easter offering. After the preaching, we collected our annual Easter offering. This offering goes toward special needs or projects and this year we are investing it in two ways: half will help offset the cost of our summer outreach at the Freedom Festival in July and half will go toward the tuition of our summer intern, Hannah. If you still wish to contribute, the Easter offering envelopes will be made available this Sunday as well.
The opportunity to eat a free meal. We invited everyone to stay for refreshments afterwards. We even had those working the front desk at the hotel come down and get a plate. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know some of our guests, thank everyone for coming, and personally invite them to join us this Sunday as I continue the series “Stewarding Life.”