Easter Weekend Recap

April 18, 2017




Teaching Minister, Dr. Shane Wood, reminds us that God is a God of empathy and invites us to empathize with Jesus on Good Friday.




Sy Huffer, Lead Minister at College Heights, reminds us who was at the first Easter party and invites us join in the celebration of resurrection hope.

Who do you find at an Easter Party?

At Jesus’ Easter party, You find the outcasts, the outliers, the outsiders. You find the rejected, the ejected and the dejected. You find the unwanted, the unwelcomed, and the undesired.

You find the most unlikely, you find those who need a party yet feel like they belong at a funeral.

You find the hopeless, the hurting, the holed up. You find those feeling despair, disdain and depression. You find every kind of person from every kind of place from every kind of background asking the question, “Is there hope?”

And here is the good news of Easter, The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now.

And at his easter party, you can find YOU there.

You can have hope because Jesus is alive.

So we want to invite you to our Easter party today!


Use these to further explore the theme of the message:

Pray: Are you living in the Shadow of the Cross or in the Hope of the Resurrection? Pray and ask God to reveal to you the hope that you have in Jesus’ Kingdom.

Speak: The book of Mark ends with people NOT speaking. The point is that we have a choice in how we are going to respond to the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. So who are you going to speak to about the good news that Jesus’ death and resurrection offers us?

Grow: What aspect of this world (Old Creation) are you tired of living in? How can you redeem it? How can you transform the mess of life into the alternate way of life that Jesus and His kingdom offers us?

Love: Who do you know that needs to be at an Easter party? Who needs to be invited into the community of Jesus? Who is the outsider that needs to be welcomed into your life?