Have you ever wondered what your pastor is thinking about in the lead up to Easter?
As I was getting coffee this morning, a lady in line wished me luck for the weekend. It was similar to what you might say to a football player before a big game. It kind of feels that way. A big buildup, lots of nerves, hyper planning, large crowds.
But it’s not the Super Bowl. It’s a church service. A celebration of the greatest event in history. Nobody loses. Everybody wins!
So, as I’m now sitting in a bagel store (does too much of my world revolve around food?), putting the finishing touches on the Easter message, let me tell you what I’m thinking. I’ll distill it down to five words:
As a pastor, you have a variety of emotions on the day after Easter. Since this is my 25th Easter (we'll celebrate that later this year), I've experienced all of them at one time or another – sometimes all on the same Monday.
Sometimes you feel…
- Delirious – The service went great, or your neighbor came for the first time, or you broke through a growth barrier and you feel like you're walking on air. We've had a few of those in our time. I can remember being dog tired on Sunday afternoon but wanting to take a walk in the neighborhood just to talk to God about my feelings. I couldn't believe that he would use us like this. I couldn't believe how many people came to church on Easter. We broke through a growth barrier on this our 25th year. It never gets old.
I know it’s over used, but I can’t think of another word to describe what we experienced together this weekend.
- 44 services
- 17,189 people
- 1000′s of volunteers
- 100′s of new Christ followers
- Lot’s of tears
- Gallons of lemon-aid
Another pastor asked me, “What did you guys do special this year?”
Honestly, I had to scratch my head and think about that one. My answer:
“Nothing really. We just had church. No advertising. No special set. Not even any moving lights. Just church. And some lemon-aid.”
People invited their friends. They showed up. So did God.
It was awesome.
If a friend came with you this weekend, ask them what they experienced. Open up a conversation about what it looks like for you to be a Christ follower.
Don’t forget to ask them to come back. We do pretty much the same thing every week.
Who knows, it might just be awesome this weekend too. I’m pretty sure Jesus will be there.
What do you think?
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