This past Easter Sunday I saw God move through his church in a tremendous and tangible way. It was an Easter Sunday like any other – after pigging out on delicious foods at our fellowship breakfast, people filled the pews of our Sanctuary ready for the start of the service. Our church is near Malone University, a private school with a great community of Christian students who regularly attend our church, and despite our group of college students being on break I was amazed at how many people had shown up. It was great to see the sanctuary so full but it was also a little saddening at the same time because I wonder how many of those people only show up for those “big holidays” like Christmas and Easter? It’s not very hard to see how some people don’t experience the reality of Christ when they only surround themselves with believers or put themselves in that situation only twice a year and it’s especially hard to make sure that while we (Christians) have them in our church, that we do everything we can to share the Good News and what Easter really means (if you’re not sure email me and we can talk about it).
This year we had a great service planned – upbeat, celebratory worship music, special music ranging from singers to prepared piano pieces, and a tremendous sermon. However, God had something much more in store for our congregation that day.