I wrote this last year during Holy week (which in the tech dept. is pronounced Holy Week!). I needed to hear it again, and thought perhaps maybe you might find some encouragement here, too. Have a great week in the Lord!
Easter week is one of the toughest weeks of the year for most church techs. Typically, we’re gearing up for a bigger than normal service on Easter (and typically more of them), and many of us have a Good Friday service or three to produce. And for some reason, it seems that the rest of the church staff has no idea that our workload goes up by 50% this week and so all kinds of other stuff gets scheduled between Palm Sunday and Easter just for fun.
I have had a hard time with Easter (and Christmas, for that matter) week for quite a while. For a long time, I looked at it as just another super-busy week that was going to keep me at work for 12-14 hours a day for a week. In the last few years however, I’ve come to see it differently. I’ve said before that it’s struck me recently that we get to do this. By that I mean, we have such a unique opportunity to share the gospel with hundreds or thousands of people this week in a very creative and compelling manner.
We get to do that!
Moreover, this is a week that we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We mourn his death on Good Friday. And we celebrate his resurrection on Easter.
Go back and read that again. It’s quite a week! Easter week is the culmination of what Jesus came to do on this earth. He came for this very specific purpose, to die in our place and pay the debt for our sin.
For my sin.
For your sin.
That’s significant. In fact, it’s everything. It’s why we do what we do. It’s why we work late, prepare, rehearse and plan. It’s why we have extra services. It’s why we settle in to the tech booth for hours on end.
Don’t miss that!
Don’t miss what we’re celebrating.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, his disciples asked him to quiet the crowds. He told them,
"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
We talked about that this past weekend during our pre-service prayer time. It occurred to me that what we every week as a church is keep the stones from crying out. Jesus will be praised. The question is, will it be by his people or by the rocks and stones. We get to be part of keeping the stones quiet.
Don’t miss that!
Finally, remember the words of Jesus,
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
This will be a long week. But it should be an amazing week. If we truly understand the truth of what we’re celebrating, we can’t help but be changed by it.
What else would you rather be doing this week?