Now What? Worship AFTER Easter…
Now that the great Easter services are over, what do we do? How do we top that?
I have found over the years that churches, pastors, worship leaders and music planners have a tendency to create such grandiose worship services for Easter, that the following week(s) are something of a let-down. After the hours and hours of work and preparation, rehearsal, and the adrenaline rush of Easter morning, we get tired. And it shows.
I don’t write this in order to take away from the importance of great and celebrative worship. We certainly see examples of this in Scripture, when His people see God move they are often moved to celebration. I’m reminded of the festival-like procession and worship that Nehemiah led after completing the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Two choirs, all the officials in attendance, and an enormous feast!
In fact, our Christian year seems to “bounce” from one grand celebration to the next. From Christmas to Easter to other events that are liturgically based as well as cultural. Yet, the intervening weeks sometimes exist as if in a mist. The march of the Sunday to Sunday schedule is relentless, and even after the BIG EVENT the next week is just a few days away. So what do we do? How do we keep up and keep fresh?
Well, ideas may abound to work through these things. Some churches have the ability to draw on resources of multiple teams of people to plan and lead worship, which allows them to plan for and execute the next Sunday’s needs with a fresh perspective and fresh people. Others have leaders that apparently have abundant energy. No need for a break, they just keep going and going (like that pink bunny in the commercials).
Yet, there are many churches and leaders that don’t have such resources of people or energy. One suggestion I have is to be purposeful about quietness and reflection. The members of the congregation may be experiencing some exhaustion from Easter activities as well, not to mention that some Spring Break activity goes on in the same time frame. Here are some thoughts:
- Review the story of Christ’s appearances following the Resurrection. Consider what it may have been like for those who saw Him. How might that idea work in a worship service?
- Spend time in the service reflecting on the coming summer months – what is God preparing for your congregation? How might we bring redemption into the lives of those God has put in our paths?
- Consider the grandeur of God and the ascension of Christ to His right hand? What might it be like in their presence?
These are only a few thoughts. The flow of worship from week to week should follow the “warp and woof” of life. Just like we celebrate in life, we must also get on with the daily life of work.
Posted on April 6, 2015, in Christian Worldview, Content of Worship, Corporate Worship, theology, Worship Leader and tagged creation, fall, Mark Sooy, redemption, theology, worldview, worship, worship leader, WorshipThink. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.