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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Let's Hear Your Easter Stories!

EasterI love Easter... it is, by far, my favorite Sunday of the year... I love celebrating Christ's resurrection.

Easter is also a Sunday that most churches plan for months in advance... special services; extra advertising; additional outreach emphasis... it all culminates on Easter Sunday.  I'd love hear your story of how God worked in your services.

Please take a moment and share the exciting things you planned for Easter in your church; and the extra-ordinary way that God met with you at your church.  What exciting happened at your church... let's hear from you?!

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We did something a little different. We are in the middle of our "NOOMA Series", where we feature a NOOMA film each Sunday and then discuss it afterwards. This has generated a TON of buzz.

We also joined Easter Service with another church up the road. We are both church plants and are in the growing stage so it was great to see our congregation grow to double what it was the week before, at least for one Sunday a year!

Did any other churches out there join with another church?

Posted by: Luke | Apr 16, 2006 7:24:17 PM

This morning we did something that is pretty special to our church. We celebrate those who have given their lives to Christ as Savior and become Born Again. Our pastor offers for any who have led someone or been led to the Lord to come forward and put a rose into a vase in the sanctuary. There are five there for 2006 so far. We then all stand and give God a football stadium level of applause.
Other than that it was just your run of the mill awesome morning of Worship and Celebration of a risen Savior with incredible music and prayer and preaching...

Posted by: Jeff | Apr 16, 2006 8:23:55 PM

A wonderful Maundy Thursday foot washing ceremony, with even my 9 year old girl taking part. About 30 of us gathered around a U shaped table, with candlelight. We ended by giving each other communion around the table.

A great Friday evening ceremony where 8 of us read from John, each passage separated with music, and with the lights gradually turned down until it was almost totally dark as we read the crucifiction.

Today was again wonderful. Our pastor used videos of holocaust survivors that were really touching, with a sermon about the ultimate triumph of Good over evil.

I'm still aglow!!

Posted by: Roland | Apr 16, 2006 8:37:18 PM

And we fed 150 homeless people this morning.

The plaster is peeling and the roof is leaking, but that's not a priority!

Posted by: Roland | Apr 16, 2006 8:51:15 PM

We've been reading through the Gospel of Matthew on Wednesday nights occasionally using the Visual Bible video series to illustrate. This past Wednesday, we watch the video's wonderful presentation of the Lord's Supper and after, shared it together with special music and candlelight. It was something different for our people and there was a wonderful response!
On Saturday, we held our first neighborhood Easter Egg hunt in an effort to begin building a new relationship with our immediate community which is one of the most depressed in our city. We had around 300 attend and our folks are so EXCITED about what God is doing in our church!
I'm hearing our people asking and thinking up more & new ideas on building relationships with our community. Folks are realizing what God is doing and seem to be catching a vision for what God can do with our(His)little church and this Sunday's Easter service was a great "capper" to a wonderful weekend!
To God Be the GLORY!
Ben E

Posted by: Ben E | Apr 16, 2006 9:28:00 PM

Our Pastor explained why he used the saying "He is Risen" and how his wife had done some research about the early church and when they greated one another instead of terms like 'how's the weather' 'how have you been' Christians greeted one another with "He is Risen" and the other would respond "He is Risen Indeed".

Posted by: BeHim | Apr 16, 2006 11:23:22 PM

My Easter blogpost He is ALIVE!

http://talkwisdom.blogspot.com/2006/04/he-is-alive.html

Posted by: Christinewjc | Apr 16, 2006 11:40:18 PM

Since Easter occurred on a Sunday this year, I’m wondering whether churches should have cancelled their Sunday services like they did this past December when Christmas happened to be on a Sunday.(It’s a joke!)


Posted by: kc | Apr 17, 2006 11:34:03 AM

My church didn't have a traditional easter program. Instead we had a reenactment of the Jewish passover.

It was very touching how everything points to Christ's burial and resurrection. For instance the father takes three pieces of the passover bread and puts them in a linen cloth with three pockets (symbolizing the three parts fo the trinity) then he takes the second piece out of its pocket(second person of the trinity, Jesus), breaks it(crucified),wraps it in another linen cloth, and then hides it (buried), then asks a child to find it. The child who finds it is able to ask of the father anything. Just like we are able to ask our heavenly father anything if we find Jesus.

The presentation ended with the viewing of the end of "The Passion of the Christ" Showing our "passover lamb" being slain and resurrected.

Posted by: Misty | Apr 17, 2006 11:41:00 AM

kc -

that was precious! Jesus didn't stick around for the eater service... he went for a walk.

Jeff

Posted by: Jeff | Apr 17, 2006 10:49:43 PM

Just wanted to say that we baptized 20 people. The Sr and I were in the tank so long that we ended up looking like prunes! The joy on the faces of each one coming up out of the water was a blessing. At one point the Sr turned to me and said, "we get paid to do this..."
Amen

Posted by: josh sklar | Apr 18, 2006 10:39:27 AM

I think it would be great to have a foot-washing service - between married couples - perhaps at a church picnic. It may restore their vows to each other as being a servant to one another!

Posted by: Amy M. | Apr 18, 2006 2:48:28 PM

WOW! We held our Grand Opening service after meeting since July '05. We had been planning and preparing for a crowd of 200, however God had something bigger in store. When I began my talk the ushers counted and we had 280 gathered for worship. Following my talk we had 15 people make decesion to follow Christ. Earlier in the service we baptized 6 who had followed Christ in the last few months. Our prepartion included newspaper ads, invite cards, signs and word of mouth. I am still in awe at how God works when we are fiathful. Praise the Lord!

Craig Lee
Fellowship Church of Baldwin, GA

Posted by: Craig Lee | Apr 18, 2006 10:34:22 PM

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