Thinking Out Loud

April 12, 2012

Easter Liturgy in a Multi-Translation World

Filed under: Church — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:06 am

Although Easter was considered by some to have come “early” this year, Easter 2013 actually occurs at the end of March. It’s never too early to start thinking about the season to come, so we turn our thoughts to an interesting challenge.

In most churches the common greeting for Easter Sunday morning is:

Worship Leader:  The Lord is risen!
People:  He is risen indeed!

But for some — especially those who went through the whole hippie movement in the 1960s and are now chairing the deacons boards at most local churches — this reflects far too much conformity.  It also seems especially uniform when you look at the diversity of Bible texts we use: NIV, NASB, NKJV, ESV, NCV, NLT, NRSV, MSG, CBS, NBC, FBI, CIA, KGB, COD, LOL, YMCA, UPS, FedEx, DSL, Ctrl, etc.  (Wow, just think of the search engine potential I just created!)

So, depending on the liturgical style, geographic location and socio-economic culture of your place of worship may we offer a few alternatives:

Worship Leader: The Lord is Risen!
People:  You got that right!

Worship Leader: The Lord is Risen!
People: Fer sure!

Worship Leader: The Lord is Risen!
People: Definitely!

Worship Leader: The Lord is Risen!
People: Right on, man!

Worship Leader: The Lord is Risen!
People: Totally!

So what others can you think of for an alternative order of service in 2013?

Cartoon sourced at World Magazine where there was no attribution, and I can’t read the tiny writing in the bottom right corner, but after blowing it up 400% on the photocopier, we think it might be Gary Varvel of the Indianapolis Star.

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