Christmas 2009 has come and gone. Now worship leaders can sit back and relax.
Guess what? Easter 2010 is three months away.
April 4th, 2010. It will be here sooner than you think.
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, is Wednesday, February 17th. Palm Sunday is March 28th. Then Maundy Thursday on April 1st (the night Jesus was betrayed), and Good Friday on April 2nd.
You can’t relax just yet.
Now is the time to start planning for Easter. How can you communicate the glory of the Risen Savior most effectively? How can you improve on last year? What went well last year and what didn’t? How could you serve visitors better? How can you handle the increased crowds more smoothly?
Think through the big things. Think through the small things. You have a three-month head start to make sure that this year your church’s Easter services are intentionally planned, prayed over, thought through, and Christ-centered.
Don’t let Easter sneak up on you this year. Resist the urge to do the exact same thing you did last year. Get the ball rolling now and you’ll be grateful you did once March rolls around.
Now to take my Christmas tree down.
Merry Christmas, happy New Year, and happy Easter.