Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Excitement

Today's service included:

Christ Arose
Christ the Lord is Ris'n Today
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Because He Lives
He Lives! He Lives! Christ Jesus Lives Today!
The Hallelujah Chorus-The Messiah

We used the pipe organ, piano, violin, three trumpets (including piccolo trumpet); not all at once!

As I left the church, many people were very kind about the music, and we all agreed: there is no music like Easter music! It is hands-down everyone's favorite service of the year.

But really, the highlight of the day-week-month is the baptism that occurred today. We have started offering Mandarin interpretation of our sermons, because in this university community there are about 3,ooo people for whom Mandarin is the first language. And this month, March 3rd to be exact, a man who is here from China visiting his family, came to faith in Christ. He was the one baptized today. Boy, was there a celebration! That's how we started the service, and the energy never flagged after that.

I recently read that some people call a traditional service like ours a "stand up, sit down, listen, and leave" service. The implication being, I guess, that there isn't anything very exciting about it. Wish they'd been there today!


BillM said...

It was an awesome service with wonderful music and an exciting message. I pray that it reached the hearts of all who were there.
Bill M.

Joyce said...

Thanks so much, Bill! You certainly played your part with the reading. I love it when Scripture is read with different people taking the different characters. It brings it alive!