How to Enjoy Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services

Let's face it. This is a busy week. Yet it can be less stressful, if we think about the week and the many services a bit differently. Here are seven ideas:

  1. Give thanks for everyone involved in making the services happen. Thank God, and thank them.
  2. Let go of perfection. You might as well, since neither you nor anyone else will be perfect.
  3. Stay in the moment during each service, as much as you can.
  4. If you are the preacher , ask this question from Anna Carter Florence, "What do I want to say to these people whom I love?" (See her great book, Preaching as Testimony.)
  5. Breathe deeply before each service and before each time you get up in each service.
  6. Intend to enjoy yourself. Services on days like Good Friday are somber but can still be enjoyable in the sense of deeply satisfying.
  7. Finally, on Easter Sunday , truly celebrate the resurrection, for yourself.

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