He continued to deliver a dramatic and moving version of the Biblical Psalm 23 and after three minutes the crowd was on its feet in applause for the mans obvious talent. But then, after everyone calmed down, an old man who observed the performance from a quiet corner of the room, stood up. I would also like to say something he requested...
With a voice full of emotion he began his own version of the famous Psalm. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want... And as often happens when people are confronted with an unexpected holy moment, confusion took place, which turned into silence, which turned into anticipation. The old man finished off and sat down, but it was clear that the audience had been touched. Many were in tears.
If Easter is coming up and you find yourself in a position of possibly having to give an Easter speech, then it's my duty, through the examples and tips on this page, to help you make your preparation and delivery and smooth as possible.
Easter and Christmas are the two Christian holidays observed by nearly everyone in the faith. It's also still recognized as public holidays in many countries. The Easter speech sample below captures the true essence of what Easter is all about. That means that there's less focus on bunny-rabbits and eggs (not that those are wrong of course, I love Easter eggs!) and more focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
One more thing: Easter speeches usually take two distinct forms: (1) Children's poetry, or (2) A more formal speech. I'm afraid I'm no expert in the former, so I'll be dealing primarily with the grown-up version on this page...
Easter Speech Sample
A famous actor once attended a big function and was encouraged by the crowd to perform for them. Since the man was never one to shy away from the spotlight, he recalled an act from his impromptu repertoire, stood up and started speaking: The Lord is my shepherd... started the experienced performer. I shall not want.
The actor was confused and upset and decided to openly confront the old man who stole his attention. I have years of experience and many awards, but have never managed to get such a response from an audience. How did you do it? He asked. The old man answered: The problem is not with your performance, for you know the Psalm 'The Lord is my shepherd' well. But the difference between you and me... is that I know the Shepherd."
Today we celebrate Easter as a family, and we remember that our Shepherd both died and was risen again for our sakes. I don't know about you, but I'm so glad and joyous that Jesus Christ was risen again. I remember the Apostle Paul saying in 1 Corinthians 15:19 that if Christ was not raised again, then we as Christians would be the most pitiable of all men.
But today we remember, that He was indeed risen again, and we take time to give thanks and reflect on His goodness. We thank Him for his willingness to draw us into relationship with Himself, through his act of sacrifice on the cross.
In all honesty though, it's so easy for all of us, me included, to regulate the Shepherd of our lives to a place where we only visit Him on Sunday's, or where we keep him at a distance through religious observance.
I hope and pray that Easter may serve as reminder that your shepherd desires to know you. He desires to have a personal relationship with you. Going to church and being religious are all by-products of knowing the risen Shepherd himself.
He is risen, let's celebrate this fact today!
Easter Speech Notes
1) Easter is a distinctly Christian celebration and any Easter Speech should thus reflect these elements of the holiday as a primarily religious and sacred one. Incorporate the story of Jesus' resurrection and don't be afraid to make it's meaning applicable to the people listening to you.
2) However, that doesn't mean it has to be overtly dignified and serious. Too often people equate anything to do with religion as either pompous or sentimental. It's quite possible to present a talk on a holy subject such as Easter, while maintaining a approachable air and not sounding too didactic. Read your speech aloud to yourself to ensure you're maintaining a good balance.
3) The Easter Speech above starts with a good and engaging story. You might think that this is quite a long story to serve as introduction to a speech, but in reality the story encapsulates everything that the speech is about (knowing the risen Shepherd). Stories are always great tools for both keeping the audience's attention, and conveying meaning.
4) After the story, the speech proceeds to draw conclusions and state application thereof in the lives of the audience. Remember to do this in the spirit of point number 2 above, and avoid any trace of sounding harsh or condemning. Easter is after all, a time for celebration and joy.