I’ve been on the verge of tears today, moved every time I think of the service we have planned for Sunday. Each song, each creative element, each piece of the puzzle that is falling into place. We have really made a concerted effort in our planning to create a coherent whole.
Our philosophy as a staff and as a creative arts team is maturing. We have decided that we are going to do our best to integrate the music, the art, the message, the themes into one cohesive experience. And it is harder that way because it requires lots of advance planning and conversation! It requires a higher level of communication between all the moving parts, and there is a necessary malleability that has to be present on everyone’s part as the thing develops. We might have to cut minutes, or shorten a song, or move a video, or cut a creative element because it ends up not fitting within the whole. . . Yet the opposite of this is what we have all experienced in the past . . . it’s much worse. . . the music is planned from start to finish to tell a story, the message is planned from start to finish to tell a story, and the special elements are aiming at different (albeit good) targets as well. So you end up with a conglomeration of messages, overlap, and the main theme or point of the day is weakened and diluted.
I. Love. Our. Team.
We have the greatest job in the world. To create irresistible environments to facilitate people encountering our incredible Savior. We are all about removing barriers and making inroads to the heart of our creator. I truly believe the Holy Spirit has gone before us to help us create an experience this Easter that will be life changing for many people. He has been patient with us as we learn to work together in a way that we hope will be more powerful, more engaging, and more effective.
So what kind of service have we planned? Well Easter Sunday is going to feel much different this year. It’s not your grandmother’s Easter, and its not G-rated either. We’ve taken some bold chances that feel a bit risky, but we believe the risk is Spirit led and is going to bear fruit for years and years to come.
Our 6 identical Easter service times are 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm. We also have two services in the evening at 5:00pm and 6:30pm. If you aren’t local, you can watch it live online at http://www.southbaychurch.org. Just remember the time difference if you are in another time zone.
Show up with your heart engaged and open to personally interact with Jesus himself. Who is this man? He has a message for you. For me. And for so many this will be just the beginning.