Palm and Easter Sundays

Easter 2011

This week, often called Holy Week in more traditional Christian circles, feels a bit like the “Superbowl” of the church. Statistics often show that churches double in attendance on Easter Sunday. There are many who come to church for a variety of reasons on Easter. Think of it like Christmas: it’s simply a time of year where more people think about God and about the local church and, consequently, decide to attend.

This Easter will likely be no different for us at The Edge Church. As the lead pastor of a recently planted church, I confess that I don’t quite know what to expect this Sunday. We could potentially have a flood of visitors that exponentially increases our church size. Or, we could have only a few new families visiting. Either way, I always say that numbers don’t matter – and they don’t. But they’re important to watch and prepare for, and I don’t yet know what to expect for our first Easter.

I also feel a bit of pressure, if I’m honest, with what time of sermon to prepare. There’s no question that the Easter message is the top reason for us to celebrate! The message of Easter is central to what we believe!

But what about those who come to church only on Easter? They’ve heard this message dozens of times, haven’t they? The pattern of egg hunt, resurrection message, salvation invitation is used every year and they’ve potentially made up their minds on how they’ll respond to the invitation. Right?

I was messaging several pastor friends who have a creative flair to them, wondering what their thoughts were on an Easter message. Some were wrestling with the same burden I felt – the curiosity of what goes through Easter attenders’ minds and what content to preach that morning.

There’s no question that the Holy Spirit convicts the hearts and minds of people. And yes, we need to create opportunities for people to, “do business with God” (as I like to say). Our first Easter service won’t be any different. But how I present the message, and how our team presents the message through song, videos, announcements, kid’s programs, is of vital importance.

I’m proud that our team has also devised a video series that we’re calling #churchawkwardisms. These videos, depicting awkward church situations stemmed from true stories of being embarrassed at church, will start on Easter Sunday and will tie into our next sermon series.

I’m proud that our worship team is talented and capable of singing some incredible songs and leading us in worship. I can’t wait to celebrate that morning by singing the songs we’ve chosen!

If you already attend The Edge Church on Sundays, here are two things you can do to make our first Easter service something to be remembered:

1- Invite someone to church! Studies show that 4 out of 5 people invited to attend Easter actually come. Help us spread the word by inviting people, giving out the invitation cards or by sharing this image on social media and tagging your friends:

Easter Edge Church Invitation

2- Pray that service would be powerful and moving. If God doesn’t show up, all this is for nothing! We need God to show up in a powerful way and move in people’s hearts.

If you’ve never attended The Edge Church, we would be honored to have you as our guest. We never embarrass guests or call them out. You can sneak in, catch a free coffee in the lobby, drop your kids off for their age-appropriate rooms and slip into the auditorium without ever identifying yourself as a visitor.

For everyone who comes on Easter and beyond, we will always strive to accept you where you are and encourage you toward where God wants you to be.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Pete

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