Worship in the Bible is a multisensory experience.
Believers sang praises, bowed in prayer, smelled incense, tasted the Lord’s supper, and listened to teaching. As we celebrate Easter differently this year (due to COVID-19 restrictions), create a special Jesus-centered home worship experience with household items. Consider an idea or two below:
1. Watch an Easter service online
Participate as best as you can in your home. Stand up and sing along during musical worship. Read the passage in your Bible. Take notes during the sermon. Tithe online. Bow your head in prayer.
2. Create a visual reminder of Jesus’ resurrection
Take a cloth, symbolizing strips of burial linen, and place it on a table. Fold another cloth separately (John 20:6-7). The cloths can remind you that Jesus is not in burial clothing, but alive! Families with young children can color Easter printables, or make a “He is Risen!” sign. Older children can create an Easter book with one page depicting each day during Holy Week. Ask them to read one day and draw an event from that day (Palm Sunday: Luke 19:28-44; Monday: Luke 19:45-48; Tuesday: Luke 20-21; Wednesday: Luke 22:1-6 or Matt. 27:62-66; Thursday: Luke 22:7-53; Friday: Luke 22:54-23:55; Saturday: Luke 23:56; Easter Sunday: Luke 24 or John 20).
3. Watch an Easter movie
Movies like The Gospel of John (which is a visual Bible of John’s gospel), The Passion of the Christ, or for families with young kids, VeggieTales: An Easter Carol.
Create a different scent in your home to remind you that today is holy, set apart.
Simmer potpourri on a stovetop or crockpot with 4 cups water, 2-3 sliced citrus fruit, 1 TBSP vanilla, and 2-3 rosemary sprigs. Add water, as needed. Or, place two capfuls of vanilla extract in an oven-safe dish for 1 hour at 300°.
1. Listen to worship music
We created an Easter Sunday Songs playlist for you on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3VFuMQ1y5mAU1lVnJA9Vtv?si=rwHV3GS_RxyHItPw9EOcdg
2. Listen to an audio Bible
3. Listen for God’s voice
(With respect to the various Christian traditions, we kindly ask you to follow your church leadership’s approach to Communion. Important: Communion is an act of the gathered family of those who believe in Jesus, not for unbelievers.)
Make unleavened Passover Bread (Matzah). Combine 2 cups + 2 TBSP flour with ½ tsp salt. Then add 1 cup cold water. Knead for 5 minutes. Form 7 balls then roll out into flat circles. Cook on a hot skillet for two minutes on each side.
1. Physically pray
Respond to Jesus’ death and resurrection using your body to help you express your feelings. A humble posture demonstrates a humble heart, so you might try kneeling before God (Psalm 95:6).
2. Create an empty tomb dish craft
For young children, help them create an empty tomb dish craft. Ask kids to collect a handful of grass, stones, sticks. Place in a dish. Assemble a cross with sticks and yarn/string. Use an empty eggshell as the empty tomb.
2. Connect with others you usually gather with on Easter
Organize a Zoom call or UberConference call. Or simply, call your loved ones. It’s easy and free to “touch base” to celebrate Easter remotely.