Easter is the best of the day of the year to be a worship leader. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty excited about it the rest of the 364 days of the year but on Easter I'm like a kid in the candy store. I couldn't wipe a smile off my face the whole service. We had things amped up a little more then normal, had a full worship team combined with a 30 person or so choir. I warned everyone that Easter was going to be a party, and party we did. We went from celebratory song to celebratory song without stopping. It was so much fun. If you worship leaders held back yesterday then you missed out. The tomb is empty and Christ is risen, we need to be overwhelmed with joy.
Here's the setlist, a little longer then the norm due to a couple different things but it felt appropriate to sing more on Easter.
We used the first half of a short video clip called Voices of the Cross that ended with Jesus in the tomb. I always like to start Easter Sunday with a quick reminder of Good Friday. Then we went from there:
Christ is Risen (Matt Maher)
Happy Day (Tim Hughes)
My Redeemer Lives (Hillsong)
Alive Forever Amen (Travis Cottrell)
Mighty to Save (Hillsong)
Communion Song: In Christ Alone (Keith & Kristyn Getty)
Our God/Shout Unto God (Chris Tomlin / Hillsong)
Offering Song: Lift Your Glad Voices (trad. hymn)
Ministry Song:Love Came Down (Brian Johnson)
Closing Song: Jesus Saves (Tim Hughes)
We're gonna keep up the Easter theme from now until Pentecost. Lent/Easter/Pentecost is game time in the church calender, it's when I really try to hit those particular themes hard. We still focus on them throughout the year but for me I want to know that for at least these few months every year we're spending an extended time focusing and celebrating on the cross, the resurrection and the filling of the Holy Spirit and the call to go.
So thats what we did at Cannon yesterday, hope everyone had a great Easter!