EASTER AT THE ROCK

If you have never visited Church of the Rock in Winnipeg, Easter is the time to come.  We spend months preparing the most outrageous presentation of the Easter story we can dream up.  We’ve done a Star Wars Easter with a visit from Darth Vader, and a Star Trek version aboard the USS Easterprize.  We were the top story on the Global national new that year.  I was Captain Kirk of course.  There are some roles that can only be played by one person.  Last year we did Pirates of the Galilean.  I was Captain Barbossa.   Here’s a 2 minute video to give you the idea.

This year we are doing Robin of the Hood.  Set to the music of Michael Jackson, Robin and his band of Merry Men go on an adventure to discover the true meaning of Easter.  Services are at 9:25 AM and 11:25 AM and you do not want to be late or you will likely miss most of it …if you get a seat at all.  You’ll just have to show up to find out what part I play.  Oh, and I’ll be preaching the sermon “THRILLER”.   I hope to see you Easter morning.  He is RISEN!

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9 Responses to EASTER AT THE ROCK

  1. Patricia says:

    He is Risen indeed!

  2. pat says:

    Everyone does the most incredible job. We always enjoy each Easter service we go to and look forward to the next one, for the no holds barred message and to enjoy the talent!

  3. Karen says:

    This little clip is wonderful! Why is it that you never put the whole clip on “youtube’? People would be blessed beyond your wildest imagination if you did that! Just think of the outreach!
    Happy Easter…God bless all of you at COTR

  4. Betty says:

    This was or first Easter, at Church of the Rock, and the Good Friday service and todays service were awesome.
    CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED.
    — THERE CHRIST LOVED —
    Where the sun shines bright and radiant, / There Christ shines.
    Where a bird sings cheerful melodies, / There Christ sings.
    Where a child cries, hurt and rejected, / There Christ cries.
    Where a voice calls helpless and alone; / There Christ listens.
    Where a cross meant pain and certain death,
    THERE CHRIST LOVED. [auther unknown]

  5. Isaac says:

    Awesome once again! Each year is excellent, and a great thing to invite people to!

    By the way, nice moves Mark! I was impressed. And you gotta wear those pants each week! :)

  6. Victoria says:

    Hey Pastor Mark…I wish I could have been to see “Robin of the Hood”.
    I hope to see it sometime soon-however-the pirate service on the video was fantastic. You look great(wearing white)and it was a really potent sermon for me. We all need to be reminded of the code.I try to teach this to my kids and remind them in our daily activities.
    Once again you have left great comfort in my heart, as some days I need a little confidence boost.
    Thanks again YOU ROCK>
    Victoria

  7. Sally says:

    The Easter Service was excellent. Everyone did a great job and the message was so right on. He is Risen indeed!

  8. todd says:

    Wow, that is an impressive stage show (the ship/priate scene). MTC would even be proud of that. Shame we couldn’t make it this year either but we’ll be in line next year for sure.

  9. Dee says:

    Is there any concern that Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection from the dead is too sacred an event and Easter too serious a time to be celebrated by this kind of performance? I’m sure the actors are wonderful and the performance is well executed but I wonder if the message of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross and the purpose of his death and resurrection are lost when parallels are drawn between a pirate and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I have only seen the clip above and have not seen the performance in its entirety. Maybe the follow-up message is more focussed on the reverence that should be set aside for Easter. From my perspective though, this would be like a church performance of the Santa Clause story at Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with including Santa Clause in Christmas celebrations, but as Christians producing a Christmas performance I would expect that the birth of Christ would be our focus. Similarly at Easter I would expect that the importance of the cross wouldn’t be trivialized by a church performance. Easter is what it is – I don’t believe anything needs to be added or taken away. Just something to think about…..

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