Your Part in Making Easter Better

We–the church–have a wonderful opportunity this Easter to make our worship a blessed time for us and for our guests.

Remember that many people come to church at Easter who do not worship at other times of the year.

What can you and I do make this a better time?

First, participate in worship. Don’t spectate–participate. This is the most important thing you can do to help make Easter better and to encourage people to come back the week after Easter.

Put yourself into worship. Show up on time, sing, follow in the Scripture, be engaged in all aspects of worship. All of these elements of worship matter to God.

Second, look for new people and welcome them warmly, that is with a smile. Be helpful in letting them know where things are. Be ready to give good “customer service.” In church good “customer service” means treating people the way you want to be treated.

Last week, we had a family attending from out of town. They didn’t attend with friends or relatives. They didn’t know anyone here. After the service they came by the Hospitality Room to tell me about their experience. People in the congregation recognized they were new and welcomed them warmly. They were amazed and gratified–and I was proud of you!

Third, make it easy for the newcomers or causal attenders. You can do two things to help with this. Actually, these would be good every Sunday. (1) Move as far to the front and as close to the middle of your row as you can stand. (Some of us have a harder time doing this than others).

(2) Park in the worst place you can find. When my grandsons ride with me after church, they want to know, “Why do you park way out here?” They, of course, are into the “you’re the pastor of the church, you can park anywhere you want” viewpoint. I explain that I park far away because I want to make it easy for other people to come to church.

We all could and should be servant leaders. These are a few simple things to do to make Easter better.

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  1. The Millers
    Apr 05, 2014

    “I explain that I park far away because I want to make it easy for other people to come to church.”
    Waylon, please tell your grandchildren, family and the church that because all of you showed me and my family “parking lot thoughtfulness” in multiple ways we have turned to God! Our family is forever changed!
    I, Diane, was a prodigal and am thankful to have turned back to God!
    Duffy, “a great guy” had no real relationship with God. He is a believer!
    Our children, grandchildren and extended family have heard The Gospel and doors have been opened to share our faith! Some return to FBC because they are sincerely welcomed as they are and people took the time to connect with them!
    We love God and are thankful for and love all of you!

    • Waylon
      Apr 08, 2014

      Diane, I somehow lost your comment. What a great testimony of what Christ has done. We need to remind ourselves we are ambassadors of Christ.

  2. Candi Cook
    Apr 09, 2014

    Waylon, this has always been the type of attitude I remember you & your family having & it made a great impression on us! Thinking of others & the newcomers helped us draw closer & become saved! We are eternally grateful for your example & teaching! Continuing to teach our sons this. We miss y’all! Have a wonderful Easter! Candi Cook

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Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” — Mark 9:35 (NIV)