Every year, when approaching and preparing for a highly attended weekend like Easter or Christmas where you get a lot of CEO’s (Christmas Easter Only) and unchurched coming, we try to create an experience that is rich in content and creativity. This is tough to do even though it sounds easy in concept.
This Easter, our Worship Arts Team met this mark and produced a rich Easter worship experience. We started the service off with an opening video that highlighted the fact that Jesus came to this earth and His own people rejected Him. It was a high energy monologue by our Student Worship Leader, Chloe.
The music bed was written by our Music Director, Jason Mills, and was performed live to a click track that was synced using Pro-Tools and Pro Presenter*.
During the entire service, we had Maria Morris paint a 4×4′ portrait. It started off with Jesus on the cross and ended with Him standing outside the empty tomb. We sold the paintings from each service for $400 each and the money went to IMPACT ministry efforts.
Run (Hillsong: This is Our God)
Our God (Chris Tomlin: Passion Awakening)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:11 & Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT)
Lead Me to the Cross (Hillsong United: Awakening)
Pastor Dan then spoke. His teaching was centered on this:
“The message of the church is salvation through the cross and power for life through the empty tomb.”
At the end of the message the band came back out and played How Deep the Father’s Love (Sarah Sadler: The Ultimate Worship Collection). After the song, Pastor Dan came back up and gave an invitation and our best guesses would say around 200-250+ made a first time decision to follow Jesus.
Watch the Service here. Click on “Rethinking Church” then click on the Easter Message.