Original Video Leads Easter Worship

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

nortonLucas Visscher appears in the special Easter video Bridge Bible Church in Norton Shores created its own video to introduce worship on Easter Sunday morning.

"The theme is 'Alive and Well,'" said worship pastor Brad Spead of the morning's message.

Using a poetic, spoken word approach, the video encapsulates the salvation story from creation to redemption all in 3 minutes and 20 seconds.

"My goal is to put truth, theology and Scripture in front of the congregation in unique ways," said Spead, 28, of his larger-than-life video script. "I wanted to emphases certain phrases and passages people would recognize, but presented in a different way."

Spead utilized the talents of church member Lucas Visscher, a senior at Reeths-Puffer High School, to appear in and give voice to the video presentation, taped in the church sanctuary. The teen is a budding songwriter and performer, and the worship pastor affirmed the youth's gifts as the project came together.

"We did several takes and had a two-camera set up which gave more control with spacing and pauses," noted Spead of the final version which features some key phrases on screen.

Last year the worship pastor did something similar – directing a "painting video" also performed by a church member.


norton2Worship pastor Brad Spead Bridge Bible Church has two campuses – its original location on Henry St. in Norton Shores and a newer site northeast of Muskegon in Dalton Township. Sunday worship begins at both sites at 10:30 a.m. That's one reason the production was placed on video and not performed live – Visscher couldn't be at both places at the same time.

"Having it done creatively on video can provide more dramatic tension and give an opportunity to more deeply reflect on what's being said," noted Spead of the combination of music and on-screen words.

"And the nice thing about it is: the next day, we can post it on our church Facebook page," he added.

The video ends with Visscher inviting the congregation to stand for the first song celebrating the risen Christ: a contemporary version of the hymn "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" with appropriate screen images behind the lyrics.

"The newer chorus written for the song says 'Jesus Christ is Alive and Well,' and that helps carries our theme," added the worship pastor.


Spead's background includes a degree from Cornerstone University where he double majored in Bible and youth ministry. But after spending several years in the Chicago area and attending Harvest Bible Chapel, doors kept opening toward music and worship leading.

"It's one of those things where if someone had told me back in high school that I'd be a worship pastor someday, I'd say they were crazy," smiled the New Hampshire native. "But one opportunity after another came and some great mentoring relationships as well, and now I couldn't see myself doing anything else."

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Spead is close friends with several members of the Vertical Church Band, a worship-based group which performed at Cornerstone last January.

Bridge Bible Church began in 2006 at its Henry St. location and four years later added a "north" site, sharing the Holton Rd. facility of Dalton Baptist Church. Each site has its own teaching pastor and Spead plans music for both. Every Sunday he leads in person at one location and has volunteers lead at the other.
It is not a denominational church, but does affiliate with the Willow Creek Association and the Gospel Coalition.


Among the songs Spead has in the works for Easter Sunday worship is the Matt Maher/Mia Fields song "Christ Is Risen" a tune which became a "hit" on Christian radio. "Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery" by Matt Papa is a recent composition but has the feel of a hymn. Bridge Bible will also be singing the Passion Band version of "Jesus Paid It All" and the Vertical Church Band's "Exalted Over All."

"There are a lot of great truths in hymns, but I also think many songs from today have a lot to offer," Spead offered. "So I make an effort to blend the two."

Bridge Bible Church
Easter Worship 10:30 a.m. April 16
Two locations:
South Campus – 5035 Henry St. Norton Shores
North Campus – 3777 Holton Rd. Muskegon
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