This year, we celebrated Easter together at the Topeka Performing Arts Center again. It was quite an extensive event to put together, but it is an incredible experience to see our church all together like that! Joe shared about the true significance of Easter for people in every station. Some need to see it, others need to believe it, others need to lives it, and still others need to give it. We also incorporated a special element of artwork that we used parts of at both Good Friday and Easter services: local artist and teacher Mike Mize painted the major stories of redemption history, and recorded the painting process on a tablet so we could replay his paintings in progress for each of the stories. It was pretty incredible to see. You can watch the message, the services, and The Cross painting video here.
Here's our service plan from this weekend:
Pre-Service - "Beautiful" (C) [Phil Wickham] Call to Worship "Before The Throne" (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post] "You Have Overcome" (A) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg] Welcome - David Hinkle The Cross - Video Message - "Easter Revealed" [Joe Hishmeh] "Your Great Name" (Bb) [Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale] (with "cardboard testimonies" during the song) Call to Response/Offering Reprise of "Your Great Name" (Bb) "Jesus Paid It All" (Bb) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, Alex Nifong] "Lord of All" (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]/ "How Great Thou Art" (Bb) [Stuart Wesley Keene Hine] Dismissal - David Hinkle
Thoughts: It is always a beautiful thing when our church comes together in only two services. The church really sang out, and it was overwhelming at times to hear them and see them worshiping Jesus together. A few of the highlights were the cardboard testimonies during "Your Great Name" and our extra drummers playing floor toms during "Jesus Paid It All." In all, I felt that it was one of best services I have ever been a part of planning. It flowed well from one element to another, and the tech team did a great job of facilitating each element.
Above all, people responded to the gospel - many trusted in Jesus for the first time, and others wanted to reconnect with Christ after drifting. Still others wanted to trust their lives to the same power of God that raised Jesus from the dead. It was amazing!
Our staff team and volunteers did an incredible job with all of the many aspects of putting together off-campus services. It is such a privilege to serve with each of them. I am so thankful for our church!
What were your thoughts or experiences from your worship gathering this weekend?