Today is Good Friday. “Tetelestai!”
There’s about 48 hours before you attend your Sunday morning Easter celebration service.
Many churches have invested lots of effort into the Easter Sunday morning services. At my church, our staff and wonderful volunteers have been working tirelessly. By faith, personal invitations have been extended, facilities have been prepared, and promotional materials have been put in place.
Over the years, I’ve read many versions of what I’m about to list. But let me briefly list the practical steps you can take to help with your Resurrection Sunday worship services. I’ve added some references to help you see the God’s Word as our basis. Consider this a common sense approach that forsakes selfishness and focuses on others.
- Pray to the Lord of the Harvest, believing for many people to come to faith in Christ after hearing the good news message of Jesus Christ. Salvation for every unsaved individual is our number one goal! See Matthew 9:37-38, and Titus 2:11:14.
- Plan to be there and bring someone with you. The celebration won’t be complete without you, your family, and your friends. See Luke 14:22-23, and Hebrews 10:23-25.
- Park as far away as you reasonably can. Leave the spaces closest to the worship center entrances available for guests, senior adults, and those with special needs. See Mark 10:42-45.
- Provide a friendly smile and greet everyone you see whether you know them or not. Introduce yourself and if they need direction, gently offer to take them where they need to go. See Proverbs 18:24.
- Pick a seat as near to the front of your worship sanctuary as possible. First-time guests are usually more comfortable in the rows closest to the lobby. Where you choose to sit speaks volumes. See James 2:1-9.
- Participate wholeheartedly in the worship service. Prove to everyone present that Jesus is your Lord by giving Him the worship that He deserves. See Psalm 29:2, and John 4:24.
- Pause toward the end of the service. Please don’t leave until the final amen and dismissal is given. If you leave early, you could disturb how the Spirit of God is dealing with a soul who needs His grace and salvation. See John 6:44, 16:8-10.
These measures are necessary because most guests will make up their mind about our church within their first seven minutes on our campus. That means the best first impression is made before they ever hear the the music and the message.
Genuine Christian hospitality prepares the way for our guests to have the best possible worship experience. I want our church to be guilty of demonstrating the love of God to every person He sends our way.