This week I was asked a question that has caused me to reflect.
I was prepping for Easter, doing some budget planning, and making sure we had everything lined up for our Easter Celebration service plans. We try to communicate to our congregation that Easter is a big deal. We want them to understand that this celebration of the resurrection of Jesus is foundational to our faith and worth having a party for and we want to invite them into that celebration. This means we usually do a little more in the way of lighting, and “production” if you’d like to call it that.
So I was asked, “why”?
and I’ve reflected on that a bit this week
As I mentioned we think Easter Sunday is a big deal, but this person already knew that. But how does lighting, or projection, or video communicate that Easter is a big deal? Because it’s certainly not about throwing an elaborate, expensive looking party. I like to honour our congregation’s stewardship by being careful with how we spend money for the weekend services.
And it’s not about matching what the bigger church down the street can do so people decide to come to your church on Easter Sunday instead of theirs. Oh please agree with me that it’s not about THAT!
It’s about worship. Ascribing worth to our God, our Saviour, and our King.
Our desire is to Magnify the name of Jesus.
I grew up in Europe where I developed a love for medieval cathedrals and churches. I loved staring at the stained glass images of bible stories and climbing the steps to the top of the spire to find myself at the highest point of the city. Those buildings were built to magnify our God and to direct our gaze heavenward.
I’m inspired by those buildings to use more than just words on Easter Sunday, and every Sunday for that matter to magnify my God, the one and only true God who I hope and pray everyone will come to know personally. We live in a world where so much attention is focused inward. As worship leaders we choose songs that express our worship to God and teach truth about who He is and what He’s done for us. Our worship spaces can also be set up in a way that reflects the beauty, creativity, and majesty of the creator.
So as a worship leader I encourage you to look beyond just the words. Direct hearts to God, in any way you can, with all the creativity the Holy Spirit has given you.
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