Dear Floris Family,

What a great time we had at last week’s Easter Festival. It was attended bymore than750 people. Through our registration process we learned thatover70 families came because of an invitation of a Floris member. Compared to all other means of advertising and announcements, these personal invitations were by far the most effective way to bring people to this event. There is simply nothing more effective in bringing people to church than your invitations. I amso gratefulwhen you find waysto welcome your friends to Floris. I hope that you will do the same this week for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Services.

Holy week is the most significant week of the year for Christians. It is a contrast of emotions, from the loving sacrifice foreshadowed in the Last Supper andthe grief of the crucifixion, to the joy of Easter. It can be a time of self-reflection and introspection, as we consider the sins for which Christ died and the cost of the forgiveness that he offers. While the week begins with sorrow, it ends with hope and celebration. Take time to attend the services listed below. I am also reading the latter portion of John’s gospel this week, beginning in chapter 12. Reading a portion daily will allow you to walk through the last week of Jesus’ life and bring meaning to this time.

Holy Thursday
Christ shared an intimate meal with his disciples on the night he was betrayed. This year we will gather to remember the last supper. The service will include contemporary music, Holy Communion, prayer and a message. The Holy Thursday service begins at 7:30 PM.

Good Friday
A Lenten Cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Theodore Dubois, will be offered on Good Friday with a full orchestra and choir. This sacred cantata, composed in 1867, dramatizes Christ’s last moments on the cross. I overheard a portion of their rehearsal and can assure you that this will be a powerful experience. The Good Friday service begins at 7:30 PM.

Easter Eve Service, Saturday at 7 PM – This will be an Easter worship experience. The sermon will be the same as Sunday morning and the music will be similar to our regular weekly 9:15 AM service. We will celebrate the risen Lord and take this opportunity to remember our baptism. This is a great option to make room for guests on Easter Sunday.

Easter Eve Spanish Speaking Service, Saturday at 7 PM – This service will take place in the Fellowship Hall.

Easter Sunrise 6:15 AM – This is a shorter service, held outside at the far end of the upper parking lot. Be sure to dress for the cool of early morning. It is wonderful to watch the sun rise and think of the joyful surprise the women experienced that first Easter when they came to Jesus’ tomb.

Easter 8, 9:15 and 11 AM – The music will be led by the sanctuary choir, bells and orchestra during all three of the morning services. Last year, the 9:15 and the 11 AM services were very full (more than 800 each). Please consider using the shuttle at Network Solutions/XO Communicationsto relieve the parking and traffic congestion, especially if you are a car of 2 or less. The 8 AM service should have plenty of room (last year there were 438 in attendance). Sign language interpretation will be available at our 9:15 AM service. Please invite your friends to come be a part of our Easter celebration at Floris.

Easter 5 PM – This service will celebrate Easter through contemporary music by Full Circle and will include an Easter message and Holy Communion.

I need your help on Easter Sunday:

  1. THIS WOULD BE HUGE: Sign up to volunteer in the parking lot or at the Connection Desk for our morning Easter services.
  2. Especially if you have 1 or 2 people in your car, park at Network Solutions/XO Communications and using our parking shuttle. Visit our website for details about Easter Sunday Parking.Carpooling is also welcome.
  3. Attend the Easter Eve, Sunrise, 8 AM or 5 PM service.

In Christ,

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