Monday, April 18, 2011

Question of the week: What are your thoughts on preaching Easter sermons?

Bigger crowds.  Unfamiliar faces.  The most basic story of our faith.  Easter has it all.  Do you find preaching Easter sermons to be . . . easier than other sermons? More difficult? Do you get more uptight than normal?  Less?  Do you prepare differently for Easter than other sermons?  If so how? 

Remember, I allow anonymous comments so feel free to tell the truth without worrying about whether or not your congregation will find out.


  1. Easter Sunday, you'd think, should be the greatest opportunity to share "the most basic story of our faith with bigger crowds and unfamiliar faces." But my experience has been that there is so much preoccupation with dress and afternoon activities that it's one of the worst Sundays out of the year to preach. But the most "basic story of our faith" is so wonderful and so profound that I delight in preaching it on Easter anyway.

  2. Darryl, I know what you mean. There is an oddness to the service on Easter Sundays - mainly from all the abnormal pomp and circumstance. That oddness has lessened over the years for me, perhaps the result of being in one place for a while, but it is still there.