The local papers no longer call me the week before Easter. The last few years, at least one of the local papers called to ask the following question:
“Is your church doing anything special for Easter?”
And each year, I just feel so lame because I don’t really have a good answer. It’s not that we don’t have any ideas or that we can’t google “what cool churches are doing for Easter”…
It’s just that that’s not who we are. This is in no way to criticize churches that choose to do creative or cool things. But I guess this is my way of forewarning visitors who are thinking of visiting Quest this Sunday to not expect anything special:
There will be no free gifts.
There will not be an egg hunt or a big egg drop from a helicopter.
There will not be any big theatrical production with dry ice.
The reporter asks again,
“So, seriously, you guys don’t do anything special for Easter.”
I’m not trying to be a smart ass but I respond,
“No, we’re pretty lazy and our resources are limited. But, seriously, the message of Easter is special enough. We want to welcome our guests by simply being ourselves. We don’t have any stuff or gifts to give but what we can “give” to people is to genuinely extend hospitality and an accurate glimpse of our community and ethos. We do our usual thing: we sings beautiful worship songs, we greet, I preach for a long long time, and we welcome anyone that believes to celebrate Communion.
Actually, we might have some decent donuts and coffee – which is special since we don’t usually give donuts. And oh, there is another special thing…I usually wear a suit for Easter!”
I think this is why the local papers no longer call us to ask about what we’re doing special for Easter. They don’t call because well, umm, there’s nothing to write about.
Whether you are a pastor, a lay leader, or simply, a believer – may we all enjoy the various festivities of Easter and Resurrection Sunday. But let’s not forget that the message of the gospel – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – even without all the accessories – is pretty darn special.