Actors Falling From Crosses, Spontaneous Baptisms And A Rabid Dog: Ed Stetzer Asks Church Leaders To Share Their Most Memorable Easter Service Moments
For most pastors and church leaders, Easter is the most anticipated Sunday morning worship service of the year.
Easter also holds many memorable moments for pastors as they proclaim the gospel to their congregations and to the many visitors who only attend at Christmas or Easter.
No matter how much overtime church leaders spend planning for Easter, it’s always wise to plan for the unexpected. Unpredictable moments can come in two forms: “God moments,” such as when a pastor shared that 21 people were spontaneously baptized after watching him baptize his eldest son.
Then there are the humorous situations that no one could have foreseen that prove God has a sense of humor.
“Our church has put on an annual Easter cantata. That year they pulled out all the stops and decided to finish with a full ascension,” another leader shared with ChurchLeaders. “The plan was for a group of disciples to stand with their hands raised, praising God as Jesus ascended.”
“Since my dad was playing Jesus, I had to be one of the extras in the play,” she continued. “On the night of the performance, I dutifully took my place as a worshiping disciple. Whoever set up the smoke machine overdid it and so he pumped smoke into our faces. As we yawned and coughed, “Jesus” got on the elevator to go up. Nobody had practiced that part, so it was during the live performance that we discovered that the crank needed oil. While the chain clack and clink, Jesus began his slow ascent.
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She went on to say, “Halfway through, the lift snagged and dropped a few inches. Jesus started swinging in the air and grabbed the chains, looking a bit terrified! As the elevator made its final upward push, the decorators realized that the clouds they had attached to the ceiling were not meeting the clouds they had attached to the elevator and so the end of our piece left Jesus’ ankles and feet mounted. in full view.
Outreach Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ed Stetzer asked pastors and church leaders to share their most memorable or humorous experiences Moments of the Easter service. Here are some of their responses.
Memorable and humorous stories of Easter services
“In our Passion Play church, when the actor playing Jesus was lifted on the cross, he fell. The soldiers had to reattach him to the cross and raise it again. In my conclusion, rather than ignore it, I said that if it had fallen, it would have risen again for love.
“During the closing prayer, I received a brief invitation and was asked to raise my hands in prayer. I wanted to say, ‘I’m not going to shout your name, I just want to pray for you…’ but I rather said, ‘I won’t pray for you, I just want to shout your name…’”
“A week of Easter, it was summer time. Yours truly reprogrammed the security system, but I missed AM/PM. At 11 a.m., the alarm goes off in the middle of the message and no leader seems to understand the correct code. Seemed like for-ev-er! No way I can talk about it. I had to wait.”