Each Easter for the last few years I’ve been responsible for writing a series of devotions for every day of Holy Week, which we send out to members of our church via email, blog and social media. These are designed to help people read through, reflect on, and pray about the events of Easter.
I’m part way through writing this year’s series, which will begin going out on Monday 30 March. So if my posts here are less frequent than usual, rest assured I have neither fallen off the face of the Earth nor run out of things to waffle about; my creative energies are being directed elsewhere!
Below is a post I wrote for the ChristChurch London website explaining a bit about the devotions and how to use them. You can check out previous years’ offerings here, and if you do want to join us this year, you can find out below how to connect via email, the blog, Twitter and Facebook.
If you’re anything like me, Easter can whizz by almost without you noticing it. Cadburys Creme Eggs are in the shops from Boxing Day, you’ve eaten too many by February and entirely forgotten about Easter by March, until suddenly you get an unexpected Friday off and you realise you’ve not given it a moment’s thought!
Easter, the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, is the central event of the Christian calendar, and yet we can so easily become familiar with the story and forget to reflect deeply on its significance.
We want to make a feature of Easter, providing a number of ways for you to think about, respond to and celebrate its inspiring message. For the past few years, we have found it helpful to do this through the sermons we preach, the events we run and resources we provide.
In the week running up to Easter, we will be producing a daily Bible Study, to help us reflect on different aspects of the Easter story. Each morning, beginning on Monday 30 March, an email will arrive in your inbox bright and early (around 5am… rest assured, I won’t be the one getting up to hit ‘send’!) containing a short Bible Study. If you’re signed up to receive our email newsletter, you will get the Bible Studies automatically each day. If you’re not already subscribed, you can sign up today.
Each email will contain:
- A short passage of Scripture for you to read and consider
- A few thoughts to help you understand the passage and see the story in a new light.
- Two or three questions for reflection. These will help you to consider how the passage applies directly into your life.
- A short prayer, which may help you to respond to the theme of the study.
- And finally, for those who want it there is a Going Deeper section, which will recommend some talks, articles, books, and further study questions.
We don’t anticipate that it will take you long to read through and think about each of these elements, but hopefully it will give you something to chew on for the rest of the day. So why not set aside a short time during your day, whenever suits you – morning, lunchtime, evening – to read through the email, and think about some of the questions. If you don’t have time for the Going Deeper section, no problem – it’s there to help you if and when you have time.
All of us are different, and we engage with God in different ways. So think about what will best help you this Easter week. For some, first thing in the morning is the perfect time: with a cup of coffee, or whilst travelling on the tube. For others, taking time out during a lunch break is far more convenient. Some may find it helpful to write down answers to the questions, others might want to do the Bible studies with friends, housemates, work colleagues, or your Connect Group.
If something particularly makes you think, why not journal about it on The City and publish it for others to see. We will also put the studies up on Broadcast each day, as well as through Twitter and Facebook. Feel free to comment, let us know what strikes you about the readings, and share them with friends.