I have been so excited about our Easter services. It really felt as though our staff and church has been experiencing a great deal of spiritual resistance over the last couple weeks. Over the past few years as a touring worship artist, it became increasingly clear that when our ministry and family was experiencing spiritual challenges, God was about to move in a powerful way. In time, I learned to become hopeful and excited about what God was going to do in people’s lives when we saw hard circumstances facing us. That’s what has happened in me these last few weeks…I found myself growing more and more excited as we found ourselves dealing with difficult experiences in our church.
Saturday and Sunday services brought a special energy to our campus this week. There was a marked sense of hope and anticipation that I haven’t seen in our church yet. Yes, there were a lot of people here for Easter who don’t usually attend, but there was a difference from our normal weekend services. My take is this: people showed up celebrating Jesus, and expecting God to move in our time together. I’m praying that this moves beyond being something we only see once or twice a year, and that our church family will grow into a community of people excited about what God is doing here. Then, as we get together for our weekly services, I’m praying that everyone will show up with a huge sense of expectation and hope. I can only imagine what our worship times will be like as we become people who authentically worship Jesus in and out of our entire week.
Here is the set we did for the Saturday & Sunday services:
My Savior Lives – G
Mighty To Save – G/A
Jesus Paid It All – A
Revelation Song – D
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (special: performed by Jared Utterback)
Nothing But The Blood – G (my arrangement w/ a nod to Matt Redman)
We also held a service on Good Friday to remember the cost of the Cross, and how much Jesus did for us. Our pastors and some other leaders in the church, took verses from Isaiah 53 and shared some thoughts on those verses. Here is the set I led for that service:
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE:
I pray that God has blessed you this Easter!