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On Monday, the first of two segments from Michael Edgar Myers (Feb. 26) began to look into different ways to best approach getting the attention of those who might be at your upcoming Easter service, especially those who last were at your church for a service during Christmas. 

We can do a big production with tech and rehearsals, but weigh that against your vision.

In that piece, he discussed the first of two “homework” assignments, to compile visitor lists between Easter and Christmas of last year, and in recognizing how those church visitors “receive only part of Jesus’ story,” and how there should be a focus of “connecting the importance of the events” with those individuals.

The second “homework” assignment, as he explained, touched on the idea of including Christmas rituals in one’s Easter worship planning, to introduce those congregants “to the new and unusual,” aiming to have them begin to think and ask questions tied to Jesus’ birth, or others related to His life story.

Below are his last two “homework” assignments.

Homework Assignment #3: Leader Discussion

• Have you prepared for this contingency?
• How do you envision your continuing Christian education influence grow, especially among children?
• What is your post-Easter curriculum, and how will you disseminate the information to the audience?
• Will you do it just Easter weekend, or weeks before? Will you have signups for that day, or wait?
• What is your 40 day-after Easter plan to tease the subject of Easter, and further connect the birth and resurrection?

But Wait…or Not

Your need not wait until Easter Sunday to employ “Christmas at Easter,” or any other unconventional methods of expressing the Resurrection story with minimal stress and budget, while maximizing internal and external impact. View it as replicating Advent at Lent, and though Lent has already begun, the idea is to use the coming weeks as preparation:

Musically

Review Christmas songs to ascertain lyrics that tell both the Christmas and Easter story. (Carols are best, because of the purpose of their many stanzas, which were to tell the story of Jesus, not just His birth.)
• Intersperse a song-a-week into a modern worship set, put in context by brief narratives or scripture. Don’t feel compelled to justify or over-explain.
• Reprise the set or present a medley on Christeaster Sunday.
• Are there Christmas songs that may accompany the triumphal entry? Celebrate Palm Sunday with the anticipation of Christmas Eve.


More About Michael Edgar Myers
Michael Edgar Myers has been serving in performance ministry for more than 25 years. He is the founding director of Kingdom Impact Theater Ministries which uses music, theater, and multi-media to inspire Christ-followers in their walk with Jesus Christ, and those who are curious about Christ to embrace a relationship with Him.
Get in Touch: mem@kit-ministries.com    More by Michael Edgar Myers

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