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Is all the extravagance surrounding Easter a distraction, or are Christians right to give it the special attention they do?
Let’s avoid the culture wars of the Easter Bunny, Cadbury eggs, and egg hunts, and simply speak to what happens in most churches on the morning of Easter Sunday: we go all out.
Going all out for Easter
The music is typically a notch or two more elaborate than normal. The sermon is noticeably more refined and passionate. And everyone seems to dress in their very best Sunday best.
Many churches even decorate specifically for Easter Sunday. The church I attended in college used decorations to heighten the contrast between Good Friday and Easter. In the Good Friday service, red roses with thorns lined the aisles to communicate suffering. On Sunday, white lilies replaced the roses to communicate resurrection. It was a beautiful, artistic way to remind us that in the Christian faith, life comes through death.
Churches seem to love pulling out all the stops for Easter, but is all the pomp justified, biblically?
Why is Easter special?
The apostle Paul says of the resurrection, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor. 15:14 NIV). Without the resurrection, there is no Christian faith.
A few verses later, Paul declares how all of history pivots on the resurrection:
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. (1 Cor. 15:20–24 NIV)
It is only because of the resurrection that anyone can move from corruption to restoration—only by Jesus’ work is Adam’s undone and a new creation secured.
Easter is the day we set aside to celebrate this truth. It is a day we dedicate solely to the central tenet of our faith: Christ is risen. (He is risen, indeed!)
As such, a certain amount of pomp is more than justified—it is encouraged.
Let the bright pastels, the pressed suits, the church choir, the full band, the near-perfect sermon, and the however-else-you-mark-it-special commence.
In the church I most recently called home, we recited the Apostles’ Creed weekly. But on Resurrection Sunday, we added a twist:
On the third day, he rose again
On the third day
—the third day—
On the third day, he rose again
If you have a hand in putting together Easter Sunday at your church, have it at. Add your twist. You still have a couple days to prepare elements that draw unique attention to the reason for our faith.
One easy way to do this is with beautiful Easter media (such as the image featured in this blog). Faithlife Media offers Christian stock photography, motion backgrounds, countdown timers, and media. Start a 14-day free trial today to see how easy it is find gorgeous images for Easter—and every Sunday.
Easter Sunday is one of most important outreach days of the year.
Free yourself to focus on the message and visitors by having one less thing to worry about: media.
Free graphic designs for Easter
Get a free Easter media bundle with 600+ motions and stills. Each design is:
- Themed for Easter, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, or other Lenten holidays
- Perfect for the screen, web, or social media
- Yours to keep forever
Not only will you get free media (examples below), but you’ll get world-class presentation software made just for churches: Faithlife Proclaim.
Faithlife Proclaim makes Easter easier
With automatic formatting, instant lyric uploading, sermon recording, and more, Proclaim is more powerful than PowerPoint, and it’s tailored specifically for church services.
- Easy collaboration: All work syncs to the cloud, and with unlimited installs across Mac and PC, everyone can work together at the same time on the same presentation to get it done fast.
- Automatic formatting: You type, we format. Enter text into designated fields and watch it appear instantly and beautifully on screen, already designed for you.
- Instant lyrics: Simply type the song title to load lyrics from your song history or SongSelect by CCLI. Proclaim remembers your verse order, or you can rearrange by typing (“v1, v2, v4, v3”). No more misspellings, wrong orders, or copying and pasting slides.
- Sermon podcasting: Record, edit, and publish with a click. No other hardware or software needed.
- Service ordering: Organize your presentation by every part of the service, and enjoy countdown timers, pre- and post-service loops, the On-Screen Bible, and other features designed just for church services.
Get started today
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This post originally appeared on the Faithlife Proclaim blog.
Faithlife empowers people to grow in the light of the Bible. It’s why we create advanced Bible study tools like Logos Bible Software, free reliable resources like the Faithlife Study Bible, and everything in between.
So why church presentation software?
Proclaim is how we help you share the light of the Bible. Every week, you work hard to provide a meaningful experience for your congregation. So we decided to put together a team of designers and developers to help you create better experiences faster.
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Follow Proclaim on Faithlife and your church is entered. It’s that easy. Invite more people to increase your church’s chance to win—every person you invite earns you an additional entry.
With Proclaim and Pro Media, anyone on your staff can look like a professional. Proclaim is like having a built-in designer—one of our designers has already selected the ideal font, colors, and text size to accompany each background. That means no more fighting font clutter or squinting at screens because of poor contrast. Your church will have thousands of motion graphics, welcome videos, countdown videos, still backgrounds, and more to add to your services.
And that’s not all.
Inside every Logos 6 base package, you’ll find unique media designed to help you explore the biblical world. If your church has Proclaim Church Presentation Software, you can share some of your exclusive Logos media with your church. And only one person has to have Logos for your entire team to use this exclusive media in Proclaim.
Here are a few examples of the types of media your entire church can take advantage of when you connect your Logos account to your church’s Proclaim group: