Kevin’s Weekend Review: 4-12-09 (Easter)

Whew!  A lot of work went into making this morning happen… and it was such a success!  I am so happy with how everything turned out.  Like many of you, I spent hours in practices and working indivdually with musicians; not to mention all the prep work and putting together teams of sound people and lighting/video stuff.  A LOT of work!  But it totally paid off in the end.

I’ve been at Laurelwood for about three years now, and I honestly feel like this was the best service we’ve ever had.  In addition to having a TON of people on Sunday (we had 450; whereas we usually average 325), the music was amazing.  I had so many people comment on the music; even older people who normally don’t like louder contemporary stuff were saying how much they enjoyed the service.  That made me feel great!

Now my only problem is I’m exhausted!!  I feel like I need to have an amazing service next Sunday, but I don’t know how to pull that off!  It got me thinking about all the time and work that goes into putting together an Easter or Christmas program.  What if we put that kind of work into making every service amazing and excellent?  Then I realized that I probably would never see my family and be exhausted all the time; so I quickly dismissed that notion 🙂

Okay, here’s what we did with our Easter service:

  • All Because of Jesus (Steve Fee: straight off the his CD “We Shine”)
  • My Redeemer Lives (love the classic Hillsong!)
  • Christ The Lord is Risen (great Easter hymn)
  • Christ Arose (another great Easter hymn with a cool arrangement I worked out)
  • In Christ Alone (Getty/Townsend; we had a great sax solo during the turns; beautiful!)
  • Body Life / Prayer for offering
  • Still Amazed (special song during offering that a friend of mine wrote)
  • Easter Message: “God’s Promises for You” – Hebrews 10
  • I Will Rise (Beautiful new Chris Tomlin tune off of “Hello Love”; did it just like the recording complete with violin… except I had an alto sing it since it’s so high!)
  • Mystery (Cool Charlie Hall tune we did last week; very cool build on the bridge)
  • Mighty to Save (I think every church in the world did this song on Easter!)
  • Shout Unto God (we did this as a “new ending” for Mighty to Save.  It’s done by Hillsong United and it’s really powerful.  I don’t know if people were expecting an ending like that, but I think it worked)

In addition to doing some great new music that really rocked, we had a lot of instrumentation.  Normally we do a pretty basic band with piano, bass, drums, and either electric or acoustic guitar.  But on Sunday we had all that plus auxilary percusion, violin, saxaphone, trumpet, and some great singers on alto and tenor.  It sounded REALLY good.  I was very happy with how it all turned out 🙂

I hope your Easter was equally wonderful.  To check out what other churches did with their Easter service, go on over to Fred McKinnon’s blog.  Have a great “week after Easter”!

Author: Kevin Kruse

Kevin is the Worship Pastor at Laurelwood Baptist Church. He attended Multnomah Bible College where he met his wife, Melanie. Together, they live in Vancouver, WA with their two daughters (Callie and Hailey), two cats (Bailey and Daisy), and their dog Lucy.

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