January 30, 2009
Dear Saddleback Family,
Because of all the Inauguration attention last weekend, over 3,000 more people attended our services than usual. Get this: Your friends are more willing to come with you to Saddleback this weekend than ever before! Who do you care about and who do you intend to invite this weekend? Don’t waste this opportunity to share the name of Jesus.
THIS WEEKEND IS SUPER WEEKEND @ SADDLEBACK:
1. I begin “HOW TO CONNECT WITH GOD.”A series for seekers (& believers) based on the Lord’s Prayer. I had 5 reasons for praying the Lord’s Prayer at the Inauguration. First, I knew the words of Jesus would be far more significant than any I could pray. Second, it is the best known prayer on earth and I knew millions would pray with me. Third, the Lord’s Prayer had never been prayed at an inauguration. Fourth, I wanted the Lord’s Prayer preserved in the history books of the United States. Finally, the Lord’s Prayer contains everything we need to get through this recession! That’s what I’m going to talk with you about this weekend.
2. HAVE A SUPERBOWL PARTY with your small group this weekend and invite unchurched friends! Then bring those friends to a service either before or after your party. I’m expecting a great crowd on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm after the game. We’re inviting you to bring your children with you to the 4:30pm & 6:30pm Sunday service!
3. WOMEN! TONIGHT IS GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT! From 7pm to 9pm, inspiration for all women in our community. Special guest is Holly Wagner!!! Don’t miss this.
4. MEN! MEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. This Friday evening through Sunday noon at Murrieta Hot Springs. Higher Allegiance 2009 will challenge you to live for a higher purposes, make higher sacrifices, and pursue the highest calling for the cause of Christ in this moment in history. Pray for 600 of our men who will be attending. Transformed man can transform our world. If you miss this, don’t miss our newest course: BEING GOD’S MAN IN TOUGH TIMES. Saturday mornings beginning February 7th at 7:00am in Rooms 401/404.
On my birthday this week, I was asked what I wished for my birthday: I said, “I wish every Saddleback attender will bring a friend on Super Weekend. That would be the best present I could possibly get!
P. S. Most people are unaware that I also prayed the opening prayer for President Bush’s inaugural events in 2005 (not the inaugural invocation). But no one considered that controversial.
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