My wife and I pastored our own church for 6 years. It was a wonderful experience, full of many unforgettable memories – many of which surrounded holidays or special services we held. One of my favorite times was an Easter service we did one year at the local movie theater. I didn’t like just doing the “normal” things churches do for holidays and wanted to reach out to people who might never come to the church itself, not even at Easter. This was when the movie “The Passion” had just come out, so we rented the largest theater at our local AMC Theater and on Easter Sunday morning opened it up for free to whomever wanted to come. Our worship team brought all their instruments and we sang before the movie started. After the movie I summed up the Gospel message and invited people to respond. Many lives were touched that morning, and I’m so glad we decided to step out of the norm.
One of the simpler things we did for Easter which became something our church really loved, is what I am about to share with you. We didn’t have the congregation size, building, or finances to put on some elaborate production… so I pulled together a telling of the Easter story from Peter’s perspective, using readings from Max Lucado and Dawson McAllister along with a mixture of video clips and live songs our worship team sung. It was simple, but powerful… and it had just as strong an impact as seeing “The Passion” did on the big screen. I’ve updated it a bit since then. Enjoy. Continue reading