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——  EASTER AT HILLSONG


Good Friday

15 April 2022
888 Yonge Street, Toronto
10am & 12pm
(1 hour services)

Easter Sunday

17 April 2022
888 Yonge Street, Toronto
10am & 12pm


Second Harvest

CityCare Easter Initiative

This Easter, Hillsong Toronto and CityCare Toronto will be partnering with Second Harvest; an organization committed to providing hunger relief and nourishment for those experiencing food insecurity.

As the cost of day-to-day necessities has risen sharply in recent months, so has the rise of food insecurity in Toronto. The impact of rising food costs are felt by many, but often even more so by families that are already experiencing some level of poverty. As a church, we are committed to being part of the solution.

40 Days of Deeper Devotion

WEDNESDAY MARCH 2 — THURSDAY APRIL 14

It’s really easy to celebrate Easter as a holiday, in passing. The chocolate eggs, the bunnies, the family gatherings, and church services all play a special part in this event on the Christian calendar.

But what if, this year, we didn’t just treat it like another event? What if, as a community, we prepared our hearts with 40 days of Deeper Devotion in the lead up?

A season of Lent has long been observed by followers of Christ and this year, we are going to join together in unity with believers around the world and focus on Jesus, His death and resurrection. Our hope is that we would see our church walk into Easter weekend with a renewed sense of spiritual health, a hunger for the Word of God, closer relationships with one another, and a deeper awe for what was accomplished on that hill in Calvary, thousands of years ago.

40 Days of Deeper Devotion is essentially a time to fast and pray. We invite you to remove something from your life that will help you to focus on Jesus — by removing a distraction we can fix our eyes more fully on Him. Or perhaps instead you'd like to add something — something that will draw you closer to the heart of God. There need be no sense of religious obligation, simply choose something that works for you, anything that will draw you in to deeper place with Him.

We’ve created a list of ideas about how YOU can get involved

Add something for 40 days:

Is there something you could add to your day that deepens your relationship with God and others?

  • Start a Bible reading plan. There are lots of great ones on YouVersion
  • Do a daily prayer walk
  • Shout a stranger a coffee each day
  • Read a Easter/Lent devotional
  • Strike up daily conversations with your neighbours/co-workers
  • Start using a prayer/meditation app
  • Join or start a connect group
  • Volunteer to serve with CityCare
  • Wake up earlier each day to spend time with Jesus
  • FaceTime or call someone who is isolated or struggling
  • Forgive someone who has hurt you
  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Host a weekly dinner with unsaved friends/family
  • Sit in silence for 15 mins each day
  • Sponsor a child through Compassion
  • Attend an extra church service
  • Text someone each day something encouraging and thoughtful
  • Visit an elderly relative or friend
  • Listen to a worship playlist each day

Remove something for 40 days:

Is there a distraction in your day that you could remove?

  • Social media
  • TV/Netflix
  • Negative thought patterns
  • Video games

 
Is there something in your speech that you could change?

  • Gossip
  • Negativity

 
Is there a luxury you could go without?

  • Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Meat
  • Chocolate
  • Non-essential spending/shopping
  • Make-up
  • Take-away/delivered meals
  • Soft drinks
  • Snacking

 
Is there a habit you could break?

  • Negative thought patterns
  • Limit screen time (eg. no screens between 7pm - 7am)
  • Indifference
  • Over-scheduling

——  HEBREWS 12:2-3 NIV

——  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
——  the author and perfecter of our
——  faith, who for the joy set before
——  him endured the cross, scorning
——  its shame, and sat down at the
——  right hand of the throne of God.
——  Consider him who endured such
——  opposition from sinful men,
——  so that you will not grow weary
——  and lose heart.”