4 Simple Ways to Make Your Easter Service Awesome

Easter sun rays

Easter is a huge opportunity for your church. There are more people attending church than almost any other time of year. Your Easter sermon is arguably the most important sermon your church will hear all year. And people who almost never go to church and know little or nothing about the Bible will be sitting among your congregation.

You do this every year—so how do you keep it interesting?

You have to decide if things that worked well in the past are reusable. Can you recycle some Easter sermon ideas you used a few years ago? Did you nail the Easter stage design last year? Does your team have the perfect worship set for Easter?

Those are all things for your staff to prayerfully consider and prepare based on the needs and resources of your church.

If you’re looking to freshen up your Easter service this year, Proclaim Church Presentation Software has some free Easter media to help you with the details, so you can focus on what matters—whether you own Proclaim or not you can use our free media to create smooth transitions, set the tone for your service, and compliment your sermon.

Here are four ways to make your Easter service look and feel awesome this year:

1. Show Easter visitors what Christianity is about

You’re going to have visitors. Some of those visitors are what my pastor likes to call CEOs—Christmas-Easter-Onlys. Maybe they came because church is part of a family tradition. Maybe a friend dragged them to your door hoping that this time something would “stick.”

However they get to your church, chances are they don’t have a clear picture of what Christianity is all about, or why people go to church. They’re checking off one of the two annual “I go to church” boxes.

Give them a picture of Christianity that stays with them. Easter is your chance to share the gospel with people who rarely set foot in a church.

Proclaim has partnered with church media powerhouse Dan Stevers to give you a free mini-movie that does just that:

Of course, the video isn’t meant to stand alone, and if you have any qualms about the theology of the video, you should certainly elaborate on the concepts it introduces (Matthew 22:37–40 may be worth discussing).

However you use it, this mini-movie makes an awesome segue while your band exits the stage, during your announcements, or as you wrap up the service.

Download your free Easter media to get this mini-movie from Dan Stevers.

2. Invite your church to celebrate the resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus matters every day. Easter is the time we dedicate to the celebration of the most important event in history.

Clumsy transitions interrupt the mood and cause people to lose focus on what matters, or why they’re gathered with all these people.

Set the tone for your Easter service with this free 30-second transition video—Proclaim’s motion graphics designers made it for you to use in those moments when you need a little extra time to set up what’s next.

Download your free Easter media to get this 30 second transition video.

3. Put a fresh look on familiar songs

Hopefully your church doesn’t wait until Easter to sing songs about Jesus, the cross and the Resurrection.

There are a lot of popular worship songs that work for Easter, and whether you sing them all the time or not, Proclaim has a new free motion background for your Easter services.

Even if you use the same worship songs you sing every Sunday, it doesn’t have to feel the same on Easter.

Download your free Easter media to get this motion background.

4. Start your service on time

With all of the special pieces, new visitors, and general chaos of preparing your Easter service, it’s easy to lose track of time.

Starting your service on time makes a good impression on newcomers and shows people that you value their time—which is important if you’d like them to come back.

To help you get started on time, Proclaim is giving away a free Easter countdown video. Having a timer on the big screen helps people know when to find their seats and how much time they have to grab coffee or hustle to the bathroom. It keeps your staff on the same page and helps provide accountability for your worship team and tech support.

Keep everything in sync from start to finish with this free Easter countdown video:

Make your Easter service awesome with free motion graphics from Proclaim.

Get your free Easter media.

Comments

  1. There is definitely some good advice in these four items — thanks. I would add that all of us in Christendom would do well to move away from the term “service” to refer to what happens in a Christian gathering.

    One of the problems found in calling our assembly a “service” is the connotation of a set, ritualized program such as that which often characterizes funerals and weddings. While meaning may certainly be found in those occasions, it is a different type. It is advantageous to move away from rigid programs and procedures and toward open, flowing horizontal and vertical activities, allowing for both spontaneity and the personalities of those gathered.

    • Ryan Nelson says:

      Are you talking about a change in semantics, or a change in structure?

      • Not necessarily either of those. (But also, both of those!)

        First, it’s a mere matter of labeling. Calling it a “service” almost endows it with a kind of character, and harmful assumptions can follow about the items within the whole “service” package. I am concerned first that the concatenation of “worship” and “service” is not a scripture-based one.

        Conceptually, on a deeper level, I do think the term “worship service” is harmful. Semantics are at the root, in that the meaning of the term, as I have observed it through the years, is extra-biblical. It has taken on a life of its own in churches of all stripes, contributing to a sense of pattern above senses of meaning and purpose.

        As to “structure”: if you’re referring to structure of individual churches’ liturgies, I’d say that they warrant perpetual reexamination. Crystallization and rigidity breed loyalty to man-made protocols rather than to the worship of deity and the edification of the saints. Inasmuch as structure implies intentionality, I’m all for it. I don’t advocate a lack of form or intent at all. There ought to be some sense of intentional “structure,” even in a house church. I’ll leave “structure” at that, not expanding it outside the immediate context of what goes on in congregational assemblies of all sorts.

        Thanks for the clarifying question.

        • Hamilton Ramos says:

          God bless:

          Hi Brian, very informative post.

          May I ask you, do you consider the gifts of the Sprit to be operating today? and if you do, how important are they and when should they be applied in the worship gathering?

          e.g. anointing for divine healing, prophecy (about immediate normal life [historic prophecy]), intercessory collective prayer for country region problems / life, etc.

          Also, do you know of any good resource (best if in L6), that goes in detail on the issue you are pointing to?

          Thanks ahead of time for any thoughts / info you will share.

          Blessings.

          • Hamilton, thank you for the interaction. I’m not sure how appropriate it is for me to share further here, or perhaps you meant to address Ryan, the author of the main post. (Mine were comments on this post.) I’ll just keep this brief: I don’t want to appear to limit God in any way, and I believe He is an active God, but I have not personally been convinced of the continuation of some of the acts you name in our era. That is not to say they aren’t seen some places, but I have not seen them in more than four decades of active Christian associating. As for principles of “applying” “gifts of the Spirit,” whatever those are considered to be, I don’t have any particular wisdom other than Paul’s in 1Corinthians. I don’t often use Logos for texts other than scripture and exegetical tools (lexicons, textually based commentaries, and other such resources), so I’m afraid I can’t be of any help there, but I imagine that Ryan could. My own books on the Assembly and Worship are anticipated for release in 1-2 months, and I do go into much more detail on worship, service, and related words.