Downtown Cornerstone Blog
May 10
2018

Easter Testimonies and Photos

Baptism, Easter, Good Friday, Photos

On April 1st, we worshipped as a family of 1100 across four gatherings to celebrate Easter and all that Christ accomplished through his miraculous resurrection. We sang, prayed, worshipped through the preached word, and rejoiced with the Lord’s supper. Plus, twelve individuals shared their testimonies of God’s astounding grace in their lives through baptism. Below are some snapshots and quotes from the day:

“Through the Holy Spirit now dwelling in me I could actually feel his love for the first time and love Him in return.” – Chris 

“My life is now Jesus’. He gave a sinner like me knowledge, strength, and patience, more than I ever deserve.” – John 

“Because my sins are washed away through the blood of Jesus, I now see that I have unparalleled freedom and purpose.” – Katrina 

“I went to God offering nothing, I was a sinner who had been placing all of my identity and happiness in things other than God. I came to understand that Christ does the saving, not me or anything I do.”  – Ashley 

“The burdens I was carrying were not mine to carry. He had already carried those to the cross for me.” – Sharon 

“I have a Savior who knows me by name…in Jesus alone I have hope.” – Ryan

“Jesus met me in the middle of all my confusion.”- Arnita 

“I was just trying to prove myself to others, myself, and ultimately God. I always thought I had to contribute to earn my standing before God.” – Gigi

“No matter how many things I try to control, my life lies in the hands of the Creator.” – Roderick 

“Through Jesus’ work on the cross, I am blessed by His grace each and every day. While I still experience life’s struggles, I am able to live a life of peace and joy in His presence.” – Chiedza

“I realized that there’s no amount of sin or shame that could keep me from the love of God.” – Rachel

“Christianity is about a personal relationship with God made possible by grace through Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection, not my own works or accomplishments.” – Jason

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You can find more photos from Good Friday and Easter on our Flickr page here.

Praise Him for He is risen!

Mar 22
2018

An Invitation to Good Friday and Easter

Easter, Good Friday | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

We are quickly approaching Good Friday and Easter. 

What is Good Friday? 

Good Friday marks the day that Jesus was unlawfully tried and brutally murdered on a cross outside Jerusalem, nearly 2,000 years ago. It can seem so far removed from our lives—historically and culturally—that we simply dismiss it as a mere footnote of history. But, it is not a footnote. Good Friday marks the culmination of the redemptive promises of God in the substitutionary death of Jesus, to rescue all who place their faith in him (1 Pet. 2:24-25). 

What is Easter? 

Easter Sunday marks the day on which Jesus triumphantly rose from the grave. His resurrection served as an exclamation mark to all he said and achieved (Rom. 1:4). While many reject the resurrection as a figment of ancient imagination, we should ask whether that rejection is well-founded or merely a by-product of cultural bias. There was no reason to invent the resurrection. It was completely implausible to begin with. So, the question isn’t “What do I feel about the resurrection?” but “Is the resurrection true?” If the resurrection is true, which I believe it is, that changes everything about everything. 

A Man Unlike Any Other Man

Jesus is the best known and most influential human the world has ever known. More lives have been changed by him, books written about him, and songs sung to him than anyone—ever. The Western calendar literally revolves around his arrival. Today, 2.2 billion people identify themselves as Christians and see him as the way to God. That means that followers of Jesus makes up a greater proportion of the world’s population now than ever before. No other figure comes close to crossing cultural, racial, political, historical, and geographical boundaries as extensively as Jesus. Why? He is risen. That is why we celebrate Good Friday and Easter. 

The Details

Good Friday occurs on Friday, March 30th. We will have two gatherings: 6:00pm and 8:00pm (Note: Kids will only be available at the 6:00pm). Every year we prayerfully labor to create a new experience of the old story. This year, multiple readers will walk us through the story of Good Friday. There will be a 30 minute sermon explaining what Jesus achieved on the cross and its ongoing relevance to our lives. We will also sing, pray, and reflect. This gathering is always uniquely moving.

Easter occurs on Sunday, April 1st. We will have four gatherings: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 5:00pm (Note: Kids will be available at all gatherings, except the 5:00pm). There will be a 40 minute sermon, as part of our ongoing series in 1 Peter, along with baptisms at every gathering. We recommend that you arrive early to secure seats, especially if you anticipate having a large party. We also encourage members, if possible, to attend the 8:00am, 12:00pm or 5:00pm to make room for visitors at the 10:00am. This Sunday also happens to correspond to DCC’s seventh birthday, making for an even greater celebration. 

Let’s ask Jesus to save, awaken, and reinvigorate souls to the breathtaking reality of his grace over this weekend—in our lives and in the lives of all who do not yet know him. 

Because the tomb is empty,
Pastor Adam

P.S. There are a number of work parties happening this weekend in order to prepare for next weekend. Would you be able to give couple hours to help? To learn more and sign-up go here.

Apr 13
2017

He is Risen! An Invitation to Reflect and Rejoice this Weekend

Easter, Good Friday | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

This weekend we celebrate Good Friday (4/14 @ 6:30pm & 8:30pm) and Easter (4/16 @ 8am, 10am & 12pm). That makes this weekend all about reflecting and rejoicing. Will you join us as we celebrate the most important week of the most important person who ever lived? It is easy for the significance of this time of year to be lost amidst a sea of pastels, egg hunts, honey-cured hams and chocolate bunnies, but it doesn’t have to be. We need to take time to reflect and rejoice. This is particularly true amidst a culture that celebrates what is fleeting and transient while neglecting what is most profound and real – like a mighty savior who is also our sinless substitute.

So, I invite you to join us this weekend as we reflect on Good Friday and rejoice on Easter. There are a few things to keep in mind as we approach this weekend:

First, Good Friday and Easter go together.

I encourage you to consider participating in both Good Friday and Easter. Immerse yourself in the (true) story this weekend, starting on Friday and culminating on Sunday. Cancel your other obligations. Say “no” to Netflix for one Friday night. Keep your kids up. It is worth it.

Second, our Good Friday gathering is unique.

If you’ve never been part of our Good Friday gathering, don’t think of it as a normal Sunday gathering on a Friday. It is a completely different gathering. Over the the last six years we have prayerfully labored to create a fresh experience of the ancient Good Friday story. It is unique, moving, and powerful. You really don’t want to miss it.

Third, arrive early.

We recommend that you arrive early on Friday and Sunday. On Good Friday, arriving early will give you time to pray, reflect, and read the scriptures. The auditorium will be open 20 minutes prior to our start time. On Easter, we are expecting a full house at each gathering, so arriving early will ensure you are able to secure seats for your whole party. We will be adding chairs, tightening the rows, and creating an overflow space, but we anticipate that it will still be full.

Fourth, parking is provided.

As always, we will validate parking for everyone at the Art Institute parking garage on Friday and Sunday. The lots adjacent to our building will be also available for first time visitors, families with children, and individuals with special needs on Friday and Sunday.

Fifth, your kids are covered.

If you’re a parent with a child from one to eight years old, our Cornerstone Kids team has generously offered to serve families on Good Friday (*6:30pm only) and Easter. This is an act of sacrificial service and love on their part, so please be sure to thank them!

Sixth, let’s be praying for Jesus to move.

Most importantly, let’s be praying for Jesus to save, awaken, and reinvigorate souls to the breathtaking reality of his grace and redemption this weekend. Invite your friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers. Let’s ask Him to do what only He can in our lives, and in the lives of those who do not yet know him. He is able!

Because the cross is full…and the tomb is empty,

Pastor Adam

Apr 2
2015

An invitation to reflect and rejoice this weekend

Easter, Good Friday, News | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

DCC_GoodFridayEasterThis weekend we celebrate Good Friday (4/3, 6:30pm) and Easter (4/5, 9am & 11:15am). That makes this weekend all about reflecting and rejoicing. Will you join us? There will be no give-aways, no smoke machines, no light shows, no hype, just Jesus. It is easy for the significance of this time of year to be lost amidst a sea of pastels, egg hunts, honey-cured hams and chocolate bunnies, but it doesn’t have to be. We need to take time to reflect and rejoice. This is particularly true amidst a culture that celebrates what is fleeting and transient while neglecting what is most profound and real – like a mighty savior who is also a sinless substitute. So, I invite you to join us this weekend as we reflect on Good Friday and rejoice on Easter.

There are a few things to keep in mind:

First, Good Friday and Easter go together.

I encourage you to consider participating in both Good Friday and Easter. Immerse yourself in the (true) story this weekend, starting on Friday and culminating on Sunday. Cancel your other obligations. Say “no” to Netflix for one Friday night. Keep your kids up. It is worth it.

Second, our Good Friday gathering is unique.

If you’ve never been part of our Good Friday gathering, don’t think of it as a normal Sunday gathering on a Friday. It is a completely different thing. Over the the last four years we have prayerfully labored to create a fresh experience of the ancient Good Friday story. It is unique, moving and powerful. You really don’t want to miss it.

Third, arrive early.

We recommend that you arrive early on Friday and Sunday. On Good Friday, arriving early will give you time to pray, reflect, and read the scriptures. The auditorium will be open 20 minutes prior to our start time. On Easter, we are expecting a full house, so arriving early will ensure you are able to secure seats for your whole party. We will be adding chairs, tightening the rows and creating an overflow space, but we anticipate that it will still be full. Plan ahead.

Fourth, we are validating parking for everyone.

We are validating parking for everyone at the Art Institute parking garage on Friday and Sunday. Please note that on Good Friday, we have secured just one of the parking lots, the U-Park lot, next to the building for family parking only.

Fifth, your kids are covered.

If you’re a parent with a child from one to eight years old, our Cornerstone Kids team has generously offered to serve families on Good Friday and Easter. This is an act of sacrificial service and love on their part, so please be sure to thank them!

Sixth, let’s be praying for Jesus to move.

Most importantly, let’s be praying for Jesus to save, awaken and reinvigorate souls to the breathtaking reality of his grace and redemption this weekend. Invite your friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers. Let’s ask Him to do what only He can in our lives, and in the lives of those who do not yet know him. He is able.

Because the cross is full and the tomb is empty,

Pastor Adam

Apr 30
2014

Easter Sunday Celebration – Jesus is Alive!

Easter | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

Fotor0429172115You can see more photos from our Easter celebration here

Jesus is alive and he met us, by His Spirit, as we gathered for Good Friday and Easter this year. I hope you were able to be a part of it. In case you missed it, feel free to listen to the Easter sermon. I want to give a huge thanks to all who served in one way or another over that weekend. Thanks for being open to being used by God through the simple act of service. Throwing two gatherings like that, back-to-back, is a huge undertaking and, by God’s grace, He showed up. People encountered Jesus afresh. I’ve already heard some amazing stories. In fact, if you have any to share, we would love to hear from you! Share them on the City or send them to info@downtowncornerstone.org.

There is much to be encouraged by (for example, having our largest gathering ever on Sunday at 400). However, the most glorious, profound, encouraging reality of the weekend is that Jesus the Christ is still alive, still ruling and still reconciling people to himself. Without question, we want to see God do something unique and special – and He is. From the beginning we have asked God to do what only He can do among us and through us (Eph 3:20-21) – and he is. We continue to dream, plan and pray big – and we will. However, our hope is not in our dreams, plans and prayers, but Him. Our treasure is that we are treasured and our names are written in the Book (Lk20:10). So, let’s rejoice in what He is doing among us and through us, not as an end, but as a means to greater rejoicing in Him.

All earthly joys are shadows of the joy found in Christ, which is why they taste so good. But, understanding they are shadows, and not the substance, will keep us from making idols of them while setting us free to seek to do big things with our big God without our hope being in them. It is amazing what God can do with people that are hungry for Him and happy in Him. Our city needs more people like that. By God’s grace, may we be among them. He is risen!

Christ is all!
Pastor Adam

Apr 17
2014

You Want to Come to Our Good Friday Gathering

Easter, Event, Good Friday | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

LD.GF_final.blog(620x130)In case you are new to Downtown Cornerstone or Christianity or attending our Good Friday gathering – this quick note is for you.

Good Friday and Easter go together.

Setting aside time to reflect on Good Friday will make your Easter celebration all the richer. Our weekend of reflecting on and rejoicing in Jesus’ great rescue begins on Friday, not merely Sunday, so I want to invite you all to join us at AMC tomorrow night at 6:30pm.

Our Good Friday gatherings are unique and unlike our usual weekly gatherings.

We’ve added some new elements this year to create a fresh experience of the ancient story we’re celebrating. Our team has been working hard on creating a distinct, gospel-centered, worshipful time.

A few things to keep in mind.

First, we are offering free 3-hour parking validation for everyone. Yes, everyone. Yes, free. Hard to beat gathering with Jesus’ people plus free parking downtown on a Friday.

Second, our Cornerstone Kids team will be in full effect. Yes, your kids will be tired after a late night out. Have them sleep in on Saturday or give them an extra nap on Friday beforehand. You won’t regret it.

Third, plan to arrive early, not merely for the sake of navigating downtown crowds but for the sake of your soul. Leverage this gathering for the health of your soul and plan ahead. Arrive early and take some time to pray and read the scriptures. The theater will be open 20 minutes prior to our start time.

Fourth, lastly, let’s be praying for Jesus to save, awaken and reinvigorate souls to the breathtaking reality of his grace and redemption this weekend.

Genuinely looking forward to being with you all this weekend.

Because the tomb is empty,
Pastor Adam

Apr 9
2014

Good Friday & Easter Services

Baptism, Easter, Event, Good Friday

LD.Combo_final.blog(620x130noinfo)Good Friday

Friday, April 18th @ 6:30PM
AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

On Good Friday we’ll gather to reflect on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, unlawfully tried, crucified and buried, in our place, for the forgiveness of sin. Cornerstone Kids and parking validation will be provided.

Easter Morning

Sunday, ApRIL 20th @ 10:00AM
AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Then, on Easter Sunday, we’ll celebrate Jesus’ defeat of Satan, sin and death through vibrant worship, baptism, and practical teaching in the heart of the city! Cornerstone Kids will be provided. If you are interested in being baptized Easter morning click here.

Parking
We will offer validated parking on Good Friday. For those that are able, please try to secure street parking first. Parking is free after 6pm east of 6th Ave. and north of Stewart St. – just a few blocks from our meeting space. On Easter Sunday downtown parking is free. Please allow time to secure street parking. We’ll offer 3 hour validation to the Pacific Place Parking garage for visitors, families, and folks with special needs. (Please try to secure street parking first.)

Children
Cornerstone Kids is provided for kids 6 months to 8 years old.

For more information on our Sunday Gatherings please email info@downtowncornerstone.org.

Mar 28
2013

Five Reasons to Join Us for Good Friday & Easter

City Life, Community, Easter, Good Friday | by Pastor Adam Sinnett

Though we celebrate Jesus’ life, death and resurrection every Sunday, this weekend is unique. Good Friday and Easter have been set apart since the earliest days of the church to specifically remember, reflect and rejoice in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – and all these two events accomplished for those who embrace him by faith.

Jesus’ death and resurrection are two sides of the same coin. Without his death, there’s no resurrection. Without his resurrection, there is no salvation. They cannot be separated. Therefore, this weekend we remember two great events with one great purpose: God reconciling sinners to himself. I invite you to join us and encourage you to invite others to do the same.

Five reasons to join us – and invite others

#1 Jesus.

You and/or your friends may know nothing about Jesus. If you’re an average Seattleite you likely know very little about who Jesus is, let alone why there’s so much hoop-la surrounding his death and resurrection. Given the importance of this towering figure, it is only wise to learn more. That’s what this weekend is all about. (Lk 23:33)

#2 We forget.

Even those who are followers of Jesus, forget. We forget how radical of a salvation God has accomplished for us in Jesus. We forget how deep our sin really is. We forget how great God’s grace really is. We forget that our condition is so bad God had to die for us, yet we are so loved he was glad to. We forget and need to be reminded. “I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder…” (1Pe 1:13) That’s what this weekend is all about.

#3 Slow down.

Life is busy and it can hard to slow down and truly think about life, death, sin, meaning, purpose, faith and more. We get so caught up in moving from one activity to the next that we rarely get to step back and reflect. What am I living for? Why am I here? Am I living my life in line with the gospel? Do I truly have an interest in Jesus? That’s what this weekend is all about.

#4 Relevance.

Even though the events we remember and celebrate this weekend occurred roughly 2,000 years ago in a small, rural outpost of the Roman Empire, they remain incredibly relevant. Jesus is relevant. In a world of one-hit-wonders, seasonal fads and passing celebrity, what we need is real, grounded, truth. That’s what this weekend is about.

#5 He is Risen!

Jesus’ resurrection proves He is the Son of God (Rom 1:4). By his resurrection sinners are converted (Acts 3:26), sin is forgiven (Acts 5:30-31), the Spirit is sent (Acts 2:33), people are healed (Acts 3:15-16), the penalty and power of sin is destroyed (Acts 13:37-39), we are assured the gospel is true (Acts 17:31) and our future resurrection is guaranteed (Acts 17:31). That’s what this weekend is about. He is risen!

Join Us for Good Friday & Easter

Good Friday

Friday, March 29th @ 6:30PM
AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

“And when they were come to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified him…” (Lk 23:33)

On Good Friday we’ll gather to reflect on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, unlawfully tried, crucified and buried, in our place, for the forgiveness of sin. Cornerstone Kids and parking validation will be provided.

Easter Morning

Sunday, March 31st @ 10:00AM
AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” (Lk 23:33)

Then, on Easter Sunday, we’ll celebrate Jesus’ defeat of Satan, sin and death through vibrant worship, baptism, and practical teaching in the heart of the city! Cornerstone Kids will be provided.

Parking

We will offer validated parking on Good Friday. For those that are able, please try to secure street parking first. Parking is free after 6pm east of 6th Ave. and north of Stewart St. – just a few blocks from our meeting space. On Easter Sunday downtown parking is free. Please allow time to secure street parking. We offer 3 hour validation to the Pacific Place Parking garage for families and folks with special needs.

Children

Cornerstone Kids is provided for kids 1 to 6 years old.

For more information on our Sunday Gatherings please email info@downtowncornerstone.org.