Do you have an Easter Sunrise service? Does it actually begin early in the morning on the first day of the week while it was still dark? Or is the sun well up by the time you begin? Indoors or out? What’s the rain plan?
Easter, and sunrise services in particular, feels like one of those services when it’s super tempting to just do what we did last year. Quite a few of the people who come haven’t been here since Christmas Eve, and they have pretty specific desires about music, atmosphere, and message. And when it’s early in the morning, it’s hard to imagine doing something creative because it just requires a level of alertness neither we nor congregants may possess (unless we’re those morning people…).
So, sunrise worship goers or leaders, what’s your plan? What do you hope people will experience? What words or images will help create the atmosphere and convey the message at a sunrise service?