A Visual Way to Begin an Easter Service
Create a bag of scented “anointing spices” filled with pieces of cloth sprinkled with anointing oil. Click here for an anointing oil recipe.
As worshipers arrive, encourage them to smell the bag and imagine that they are on their way to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body.
Then lead them, a few at a time, to an empty tomb. You’ll need to get a little creative here to create a tomb. You could use cardboard boxes or papier-mâché. Your tomb does not have to be life-sized, but it should be large enough for people to be able to look in and see only Jesus’ grave clothes (long strips of plain cloth) remaining.
Once the worshipers have seen with their own eyes that Jesus has risen from the dead, lead them to a corporate seating arrangement for the rest of the service.