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It was a big day for STORYCHURCH yesterday. We ran two services for the first time ever and saw record attendance for a Sunday.  Much more importantly, we also saw lives changed and connected with Jesus. I was really surprised to see so many people come out to our early service. It was an amazing day and I’m so thankful to be part of it.

We could not have done it without our amazing team of volunteers, from the parking lot, to greeting, to kids ministry, throughout the main service and everywhere in-between.

I want to give a special shout-out to our worship and media team volunteers – who took the move to two services in their stride.  Thanks to Dan on sound, Carolyne on media & podcast, Ricky on drums, Darrell on bass, Tammy Jillien on vocals, Cylie on keys and Andrew on electric.

Here are the songs we sang together.

  • Like A Lion – Daniel Bashta (Bb)
  • My Guardian – Ben Cantelon (F)
  • Christ Has Risen – Matt Maher (F)
  • We The Redeemed – Hillsong (D)
  • Oceans – Hillsong (D)

The podcast is available here.

Set Lists

STORYCHURCH Set List – 31 Mar 2013 #sundaysetlists #worshipset #easter

  • 526957_4810559384673_1678843536_nJesus Saves – Tim Hughes (B)
  • Here For You – Matt Redman (B)
  • We The Redeemed – Hillong (D)
  • Beautiful Things – Gungor (D)
  • Great I Am – Jared Anderson (D)

Sunday was a truly great day for STORYCHURCH.

We introduced two new songs, Jesus Saves and We The Redeemed.  Both the songs went really well.  I loved singing Beautiful Things and Great I Am.  We sang them last Easter too – epic songs.

We celebrated the empty tomb!  We proclaimed Jesus’ Resurrection!  We celebrated Easter together like never before!

Unlike the previous couple of years, we stayed in the school for Easter this year.  Chris Norville cooked up some of the best BBQ ever and the famous adult egg hunt made a come back!  Here’s video from the adult egg hunt from three years back.

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Easter Weekend – Invite! Invite! Invite!


If you’re involved (i.e. serving) in a church, you’ll know that it is Easter this weekend.  Heck, you’ve probably been working towards this weekend for weeks now.  OK, some of you haven’t, as I’m still getting visitors arrive on my blog searching for Easter set lists – geeessh!

You also probably know that more people than normal usually turn out for church on Sunday, all dressed up in their fancy clothes.  That’s all great.  These folk already know about your church.  They already know what to expect because they are churched folk, even though they only come for Christmas, Easter, weddings and funerals.  I’m not downplaying this – it’s still super to see all the old and new faces together.

The thing is, the people you really need in your Easter service are still at home, on the street, in the bar, at the gym, fishing, working, sleeping, doing the same thing they do every Sunday morning (or whenever you happen to hold your services).  They do not know the significance of Easter.  It’s not a big deal to them and we need to understand that.

In fact, I’m fairly sure I could find some of my neighbors who have not even heard of Easter.  No joke.  Can I name all of the Muslim or Hindu holy days, or even tell you what they are about?  Nope.

I’ve been struck recently by Peter’s vision of all the animals in the sheet, and how God needed to show him that it was OK to reach out to a certain group of people.  I mean, God had to show Peter this?!  Come on Peter!!  God is for everyone and everyone needs God.  Simple as that.

So this year, in addition to inviting your neighbors, and those friends that never come, challenge yourself to invite people you wouldn’t normally invite.  Invite people you wouldn’t think would even be interested in church.  Invite people you never even talk to.  And do what I did this year and invite people you don’t even like!

And if you’re embarrassed to invite people to your own church, invite them to another church down the road!  Ha ha!  Don’t hold them back from a possible encounter with Jesus!

Someone is reading this and thinking, “yeah but you should be inviting people all the time, every week“.

That is very true.  However, there’s something special about Easter.  The church focuses on so many things throughout the year, but at Easter the whole global church is in FULL-ON celebration mode.  High five anyone?

We talk about God’s unconditional and unfathomable love for us.  We talk about Jesus’ sacrifice for all of us.  We talk about HOPE.  We tell stories of rebirth, restoration and renewal.  We celebrate that the tomb stone rolled away and Jesus rose from the dead!  We celebrate that new life and new beginnings is available for everyone.

So church person – Invite! Invite! Invite!

If you don’t normally go to church, or you’re new to the area and don’t have a church home, come visit us at STORYCHURCH this weekend.  We do church just for you.  And come as you are.  You don’t need to go buy fancy clothes for one day.  Come and hear the greatest story ever told, and get ready to let Hope in.

Set Lists

Story Church Easter Set List – 08 Apr 2012 #sundaysetlists

  • Happy Day – Tim Hughes (B)
  • Like A Lion – Daniel Bashta (B)
  • Christ Has Risen – Matt Maher (G)
  • Beautiful Things – Gungor (D)
  • Great I Am – Jared Anderson (D)

Easter was a big weekend for us.  Here are some wins we should celebrate coming out of it.

Egg Durham

Story Church Easter Service

  • Our service was held in the very grand Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham.
  • Acoustics were much better.  We even took away Bruce’s protective shield.
  • We had lighting control!  Hallelujah!
  • There were more 1st time visitors than we’ve ever had at Story Church.
  • Two people started a relationship with Jesus that morning and angels rejoiced!
  • As always, Story Church volunteers stepped up to ensure everything ran smoothly.
Fellow Story Churchers – what would you add?

I was looking online tonight through different versions of Matt Maher’s Christ Has Risen.  This version from is one of the best I found.  Enjoy!