Is painting in church services the new liturgical dancing? 

I’m sitting here trying to decide whether or not to go to church today. It is Easter Sunday and I feel like not going today could be the final nail in the coffin for church.  And seriously, how bad is it to use a coffin metaphor on Resurrection Sunday?  

I’m trying to sort out why I don’t want to go. What happened to me that has left me feeling so ambivalent about church?  I can’t believe how cynical I feel about it and I would say the church I go to has a lot going for it.

I just scrolled through Facebook and Instagram where I saw a number of posts from Easter Sunday services. Balloons, confetti, barefoot artists painting in the background while ministers preach.  There was a laser light show in one post. Lots of full bands playing energetic music. Lots of hype.  Lots of emotion.  Lots of ‘resurrection’ and ‘new life’ talk.  The church I attend has asked everyone to bring instruments or noise makers. Apparently today’s plans include a lot of noise. I’m expecting a party atmosphere. And yet, I can’t quite get myself all hyped up for the show. 

Am I the only one who feels like all of this is so contrived?