Sunday, April 5, 2015 [service location and times TBD]
Why We Celebrate
The story of Easter begins with God. In the beginning, God created the world and everything in it. And as the crowning achievement of His creation, He created two human beings, a man named Adam and a woman Eve – the only created things that were said to be in the Creator’s image.
God placed these two humans in a beautiful garden. It was His plan to always have them and their descendants dwell with Him. And in His presence in that garden, Adam and Eve were complete. They had life and they had it to the full. It was how God intended.
But the man and woman rebelled against God and, in an instant, were banished from the garden. The fullness of God’s presence was gone and with it went life as God intended. The world became increasingly grim.
In that same instant, God, in His great love, initiated a plan to redeem the world and to free the people He created. He promised a Savior that would one day come and reclaim what was His.
Generations later, Jesus came into this world. From His birth in a simple manger to His teachings that He was the way, the truth, and the life to His offer of an entirely new way of looking at the world, Jesus was a revolutionary and a threat to the established order of things. But more than just a revolutionary, He was God in the flesh, here to dwell with His people.
Eventually, this Jesus gave up His life. He was nailed to a cross and crucified as the redeeming sacrifice for the rebelliousness of mankind. But three days later, He rose from the dead…restoring the path to life as it was intended.
And through this Jesus, our Savior, those who believe in Him can once again have freedom and life as God intended.
That’s why we celebrate.
Holy Week 2015
One of the most important things the Church can do is make a big deal about Easter. For the last several years, we have taken to the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fairgrounds to do just that. In addition to those services, our Easter Week is full of ways to bring our county into the greatest story ever told. But during Easter week, it’s not only about a Sunday celebration, but a week of intentional focus on the importance of the cross and what it means for us today.
Here are some events that take place during Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter):
Monday, March 30 – Sunday, April 5
Over the course of the week, our entire church will join together to offer a 168-hour unbroken chorus to God.
Together we prepare the venue for Easter services. We’ll eat together, set up the venue, and prayer over the space where thousands will gather to hear the Gospel.
Easter Serve Teams
There are numerous serve teams that allow you to play a part in making Easter happen. From hospitality to children’s ministry to ushers and many more.
Before we join in celebration on Sunday, we gather to remember what Christ did on the cross to reconcile a sinful world back to Him.
Stay tuned for specific details about Easter 2015.