One of the things I love about my current job is planning worship services, especially the Holy Week run from Palm Sunday through Easter. It includes my favorite service of the year: Good Friday. For me, it’s the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional, ancient and modern. It’s sensory and participatory.
This year, I think we’ve made some more tweaks and additions to make it even better. Our 2012 Good Friday celebration includes the following:
Of course, the top-secret, behind-the-scenes, insider story for this service is that we’ve got a great team that works on it. This year, it was Sue Brese, Bekah, Sue Steege, Pastor Chuck and myself. Kathy Figini will help with the altar decorations again this year and we’ve got lots of other people who will be participating to make the service powerful. There are some God-ideas in the service this year, and I think you’ll like it.
Last year, we used a pretty basic Lenten Worship background. We used purple for most of the season with a pine needles texture to give it some depth. Good Friday was all black except for the same cross emblem we were using. Easter was a completely different design.
I wanted a more cohesive set this year that flowed from this tutorial as the basis for the set we’re using. In addition to the backgrounds, we have matching posters inviting people to worship, plus a series of graphics that will appear on our website for the various special worship times during the season.through Easter. I used
Here’s the complete set for use in your church if you’d like. The colors are fairly dark because the projector lightens them up a bit when they’re on the wall. It also improves the readability onscreen for the text of the service.