After Good Friday our church gathered again on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The beauty of our reality is that Jesus is always and forever alive so every Sunday is resurrection Sunday yet we have this amazing opportunity to shout this truth loud and invite anyone and everyone to come and listen. Easter Sunday tends to be a day when we get lots of visitors, people are excited about inviting friends & family and we just get to focus 100% on what God has done for us in Christ.
Easter Sunday for us is a fairly typical Sunday morning service, just dialed up.
Our service began with a strong set of three songs:
This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle/Bethel plus Multitracks
Light Shine In – Vertical Church Band
Christ Is Risen – Matt Maher
These are three songs that our church loves to sing and people brought it strong at both services. The “O death…” bridge on Christ Is Risen might be the favourite song section at Compass. People sing these ones loud!
After an opportunity for people to say good morning to each other and receiving our offering (yes, we do that on Easter Sunday) we came back and sang Man of Sorrows from Hillsong and this time included the resurrection-focused fourth verse. We used tracks from Multitracks again which adds so much to these songs.
Out of that song our pastor came and preached the resurrection from the perspective of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus from Luke 24 with a focus on this incredible statement in verse 32: “Were not our hearts burning within us?” The call of the morning was essentially once you have an encounter with the risen, alive, resurrected Jesus you have a passionate fire burning within you and that changes everything.
Coming out of the message we went into a time of singing Set A Fire a la Jesus Culture and Martin Smith Live in NYC version and then closed with the chorus of Christ Is Risen.
Easter Sunday was a powerful morning, very meaningful, Jesus was exalted, people felt and demonstrated this passionate fire within their hearts that comes only from an encounter with the risen Jesus.