Baptisms last weekend, the final installment of Unwavering this weekend, and Easter next weekend—the celebration continues!
Teaching Pastor Steve Carter brings the Unwavering series home this weekend with a final message on the life of Nehemiah. Then Senior Pastor Bill Hybels and the programming team gear up for five identical Easter services the following weekend:
- 1:30, 4, and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 4
- 9 and 11:45 a.m., Sunday, April 5
Give your family, friends, and co-workers a heads-up today. Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus is a profound experience that has the potential to change lives. It’s worthy of every ounce of our invitation-giving efforts. For service details, click here.
Get a sneak peek at what’s in store from Nick Benoit, creative director for this year’s Easter services.
“This year during Easter services, we’ll be retelling the life of Peter, a disciple of Jesus,” says Nick. “Peter’s story is everyone’s story.” “He’s hard at work, feeling the burdens of life we all feel, thinking today will be just like every other day. Yet in an instant, Jesus invites him to the radical, holy ambition of being one of His closest friends and a ‘fisher of men.’”
Like each of us, Peter had his hang-ups. He wasn’t great at relationships. He lied and betrayed Jesus; yet Jesus astounded Peter with His grace, gave him a second chance, and offered him another life-changing invitation: “Follow Me.”
“Peter’s story of acceptance despite failure provides hope for all of us,” Nick says. “We’ve all made mistakes, and many of them seem so terrible we can’t imagine God would ever want anything to do with us. But He does. And that’s a message we all need to hear.”
Nick hopes this highly relatable story will encourage people to extend Easter invitations to everyone they know: neighbors, co-workers, family, friends—even strangers.
“Through Peter’s eyes, we’re able to revisit all the grand, earth-shaking moments of the Easter story while allowing those moments to feel personal, real, and relevant,” Nick says. “Our team will be posting thoughts and behind-the-scenes photos on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #WillowEaster, and we’d love for everyone to join the conversation. Let those who follow you see why you’re looking forward to Easter at Willow this year.”