Commentary on Easter Sunday Worship Services
Yesterday was a great day at Emmanuel. We had five Easter Sunday morning services and had 3,000 in worship for the first time ever. The exciting part is that we were able to reach many people in our city with the gospel of Christ for the very first time.
I told my wife that there are things I like about Easter worship services and things I dislike. One of the things I did enjoy this year is that our staff was very creative and pro-active in the ways we reached out to unchurched people in our community. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and energy to do what we did, including . . .
(1). Filming and showing a three minute clip of the life story of a local dentist who was saved from a life of 'partying and doing all the things he shouldn't be doing' (his words) to a life committed to Jesus Christ.
(2). Adjusting the times and format of our worship services to accomodate five morning services including three blended services in the auditorium at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00, and two contemporary services at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
(3). Using newly designed community wide mailouts and special Sunday worship programs that were created to communicate both the gospel of Christ and the mission and purpose of our church to those unfamiliar with both.
(4). Hosting guest receptions for all visitors after each service and providing for them additional materials that further explain the gospel (a book by John Piper) and the specific ministries of our church.
(5). Never forgetting that what it takes to get people to church is what it usually takes to keep them in church. Therefore, our staff does the very best job possible to make sure the expositional teaching of God's Word and the praise and worship times, both choral and corporate, are the MAIN emphasis every Sunday. All power points, special presentations and worship events are designed to emphasize either the teaching of God's word or the strengthening of one's personal worship and walk with Christ. Thankfully, Easter Sunday is no different from any other Sunday at Emmanuel in these two areas.
I would particularly like your comments about your Easter services, from both pastors and laymen, and ask you to offer any ideas or suggestions that you have that we might be able to implement in the future. Of course, we would also be interested in those things you don't like regarding Easter since sometimes that in our lives we dislike the most are exactly the things that teach us our best lessons.
Blessings to all,
In His Grace,
P.S. Thanks to Tyson Wynn of FBC Strang, Oklahoma for the cartoon!