Creek's End Family & Friends,
What is Good Friday and why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus? For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation. Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures.
On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. It is followed by Easter, the glorious celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith.
Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death “Good Friday” instead of “Bad Friday” or something similar? Some Christian traditions do take this approach: in German, for example, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” In English, in fact, the origin of the term “Good” is debated: some believe it developed from an older name, “God’s Friday.” Regardless of the origin, the name Good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.
We invite you to Creek’s End tomorrow, on Good Friday, to experience 5 Stations Of The Cross. You will make your way around the atrium at your own pace, stop at each station and read the scripture provided in the handout, reflect on its impact, and pray to God in gratefulness for what He accomplished through the cross. At station 4 we will invite you to participate in communion as you reflect on the cross. You will end at station 5 in the Prayer Garden. The hours are from 5:00 AM to 12:00 noon, and can be done in as little as 15 minutes or take more time if you want.
Good Friday is “good” because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The cross is where we see the convergence of great suffering and God’s forgiveness. Good Friday marks the day when wrath and mercy met at the cross. That’s why Good Friday is so dark and so good. Celebrate with us tomorrow!
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
The Chest of Joash Offering resulted in over $20,500 being given last week. That’s almost $6000 over our weekly budget. We thank you for giving cheerfully, sacrificially, and obediently. And most of all, we thank you for giving regularly.
EASTER AT CREEK’S END
Easter Sunday is an extra special time at Creek’s End, and we want you to be a part of it. Join us as we celebrate the Resurrection with a special message, music, and Easter communion. Wee World and Creek Kids will celebrate, too. Bring the whole family and experience Easter with us. We can’t wait to see you!
FRESH FLOWERS FOR THE CROSS
On Easter Sunday we are asking everyone to bring
fresh flowers to place at the foot of our outdoor cross.
It’s a way of saying “thank you, Jesus” and offers
a beautiful photo opportunity for your family
"GAME OF THRONES" SERIES CONTINUES
He began as a newborn king, but King Herod wanted Him dead. Years later, they would call Him the King of the Jews, but the religious leaders wanted Him dead. On the cross, He became the dead King. Then three days later, He became the Risen King. People are still threatened by this King who wants to sit on the throne of every heart. But believing in a Risen King can change your life forever. Come celebrate Easter with us. Join us for RISEN KING.
MEET CREEK’S END
All guests and new attenders and families are invited to join us on Sunday, April 28 at 9:30 AM and hear what Creek’s End is all about. This is your opportunity to join our family and be a part of what we are doing in our community and in the world. A special breakfast will be provided as well so come meet us and find out more about how you can be involved. Sign up online at www.creeksend.org or on the Connection Card on Sundays.
It’s time for our annual Spring Family Picnic.
Join us on Sunday, April 28 at 6:00 PM for great food,
games, waterslide, and fun. Cost is $5 per person.
Note: This is my last Sunday until September so I hope
to see you there.
SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY
Creek’s End has joined forces with the Spring Klein Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Army to present FUTURE SOLDIER SIGNING DAY. You are invited to attend Wednesday May 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM to witness the signing of brave young men and women entering the Army. Come out and show your support.
SECRET CHURCH COMING IN MAY
“JUXTAPOSED” RETURNS IN MAY
“Juxtapose” – to put things that are not similar next to each other. Jesus did it all the time as He talked about the Kingdom of God. Join us for this three week series by Discipleship Pastor Jesse Hicks which he started in February and returns in May. Here is the schedule…
May 5 Humility vs. Pride – What is the position of my heart as I approach the Lord? Do I come in full recognition of my need or do I come with a false idea of my own merit? What is the difference and what does it matter? In this message we will see the Lord’s mind about our heart.
May 12 Surrendered vs. Pretender – Is Jesus the Lord of every part of my life or have I held something back? Can I have both? There is a part of us that wants to have our cake and eat it too. But God knows that a divided heart is an enemy to faith. Join us as we dive into the concept of a fully devoted heart.
May 19 Worry vs. Worship – Stressed? Anxious? Worried? What do these all too common experiences do to our faith and how do we combat them? This is a timely question for a busy world. In this message Jesse will show us what God’s word has to say about the answer to our anxiety.
SUMMER MISSION CAMP
See you this weekend,