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One shot

I totally had something else that I wanted to blog about today, and I just can't escape this...I have been a part of planning Easter services now for (this is going to date me) since really the late 80's when my dad was a pastor and I played the piano for our church in Denham Springs,LA.  I remember my Dad saying and pretty much every worship pastor I have served with saying the same thing..."We got one shot."  What they meant is that people come to church on Easter who normally don't come to church and this may be the only time they ever come.  As I sat today and worked on my service for Palm Sunday and Easter (I like to plan them together), I really thought about that.  There are SO MANY songs written about the death of Christ and His Resurrection...but I only have time for 4-5 songs each week. I feel such a responsibility to focus people on this singular thought that we were raised from death to life because of Christ's death and Resurrection for us - that's it...I know that seems simple, but we as worship leaders can really make it hard with songs that are really great, but aren't clear. So, I have prayed and look at my songs 10 times this morning, and I feel very strongly about what I have chosen for 2008. I know you want me to tell you, but I'm not going to...not till after Easter Sunday!  But, I do leave you with this thought that you may have friends, family, neighbors, that are going through life without knowing that Jesus loves them and that He died for them.  Invite them to an Easter Weekend service - it may be the one shot you have this year and they might just come!  I love these words from Romans 6:6-11...

"Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin's every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That's what Jesus did."(The MESSAGE)