Holy Week Worship

Holy Week Worship

By Erin Bird

Today (April 1) may be “April Fool’s Day,” as well as Opening Day for Major League Baseball. But far more important than either of these “celebrations” is the fact that this is Holy Week. This is the time of year in the Christian calendar when the global Church remembers the death & resurrection of Jesus, the most pivotal moment in all of history. The historic events of Good Friday and Easter are the hallmarks of the Gospel, and so even though we talk about the Gospel every week at Riverwood, we still want to take time as a church family to vividly recall these historic events.

So let me invite you to three things:

1. Good Friday (7 pm tomorrow night)
We will spend about 45 minutes reflecting upon the willingness of Jesus to lay His life down for us through song, prayer, Scripture, and communion. This event will be for the whole family. (If little ones need a space to decompress for a moment, the nursery room will be open.) We will also livestream this worship event.

2. Easter (9:30 am Sunday)
The Super Bowl/World Series/Olympics/World Cup of the Christian faith arrives! Join us as we celebrate Jesus’ ability to take His life back up through song and a sermon entitled “Love Rose Up.” (Feel free to read Sunday’s text ahead of time: John 10:1-18.)

3. Invite! (friends, neighbors, extended family, coworkers, grocery store clerks, whoever!)
If you haven’t already, extend an invitation to someone to join us on either Friday or Sunday, whether in-person or on Sunday.

Easter is Coming!

by Erin Bird

In case you didn’t know, this is Holy Week in the Christian calendar. Normally, liturgical churches are holding services almost every evening of the week, but the coronavirus has put most of those plans on hold.

However, the presence of a pandemic doesn’t mean this can’t still be a meaningful week. Here are some ideas to make this weekend full of worshipand connection with your God:

Just because you are cooped up inside doesn’t mean this has to be a wasted weekend. Find ways to connect with Jesus and thank Him for what He did for you through the cross.Easter Sunday

We have a unique and memorable sermon planned for Easter Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Rather than watch me preach on video for 35 minutes like usual, we have turned this week’s sermon into a short film. We want to encourage you to not only attend with your family, but to invite someone to attend “with” you for this unique experience.

To invite someone, all you need to do is send a friend a text, email, or direct message on their favorite social media platform. The link to share with them is https://weareriverwood.online.church.

We also encourage you to make a general invitation on your social media platforms. Riverwood is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, so go to the social media platforms you regularly use and share Riverwood’s invitation which you can find in our feed.

Let’s make this a memorable Easter, not simply because we were forced to participate online, but by truly worshiping Jesus and inviting others to hear the life-changing news of the gospel.

Holy Week Worship

Here we are in the most important week in the Christian calendar! While our culture tends to get more excited about Christmas, Easter is a bit more important. Christmas celebrates Jesus’ birth (which is a REALLY big deal!), but babies are born all the time. However, it is NOT common for someone to rise from the dead a couple days after they were brutally killed by governmental authorities. And not only is the resurrection of Jesus the greatest miracle the world has ever seen or ever will see, He predicted all of it!

That’s why this Sunday, as we celebrate Riverwood’s 5th birthday, we will be looking at the Easter story (which, I will admit, we talk about almost every Sunday!) So here are some ideas for how to make this “Holy Week” weekend full of worship to draw your heart to God and prepare you to worship together as a church family on Easter Sunday:

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

  • Listen & learn the song “Resurrecting” which we’ll sing on Sunday.
  • Send a reminder text to anyone you invited to Sunday’s Worship Gathering to join you.
  • Read Isaiah 53.
  • Take a walk through your neighborhood, praying for this weekend to not just be a holiday weekend, but truly a Holy Weekend for your neighbors. Pray specifically for your neighbors to find and follow Jesus.

SUNDAY

You’re Invited to a Glorious Weekend!

by Erin Bird

In this week’s blog post, I want to invite you to do three things:

#1. Come to our Good Friday worship service. We are holding this deeply-reflective worship gathering in conjunction with Grace Baptist. We will remember the cross of Christ through song, Scripture, and communion. Please join us tomorrow, March 30th at 7:00 pm at the building of Grace Baptist. (Please note: there will NOT be childcare available, but your kids are MORE than welcome to join us!)

#2. Then on Easter Sunday, April 1, join us at Shell Rock Elementary School for a “Glorious Day” celebrating the truth that Jesus came back from the dead, seeing how his physical resurrection has deeply spiritual implications on our modern, daily lives. (It’s going to be a REALLY good day, and we’d love to share it with you!)

#3. Lastly, don’t let your worship of God be relegated to just tomorrow night or Sunday morning. Find some other ways to worship God this week. You could:

  • Find time to read the biblical account of the cross.
  • Listen to some music that reminds you of what Jesus gave up for you.
  • Confess your sins in a time of prayer.
  • Spend sundown Friday through sundown Saturday fasting.
  • Host a party Sunday afternoon!

In other words, do something that will make this Holy Weekend one to remember.

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