Can You Spot the Easter Paganism?

To those who claim that Easter is a pagan holiday and that true Christians cannot celebrate it, I have a simple question:

Can you identify the paganism in my church's upcoming church service celebrating Christ's bodily resurrection from the grave?

Here's what we're going to be doing.

I will proclaim, "He is Risen!"

the congregation will respond, "He is risen indeed, hallelujah!"

We will confess our sins and hear Christ's forgiveness

We will sing three hymns during the course of the service:

  1. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  2. Jesus Christ is Risen Today
  3. Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds

We will read Psalm 118:15–29 responsively

Three passages of scripture will be read

Exodus 15:1–11

1 Corinthians 5:6b–8

John 20:1–18

I will preach on Jesus' victorious bodily resurrection from the grave while exegeting John 20:1–18.

We will receive the Lord's Supper

We will pray as a congregation for our nation, the church and the sick and needy in our community.

We will receive the Lord's Benediction

Please tell me which part of this church service is the "pagan" part?

You can either leave your answer on my Facebook Wall or email me at

“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.” (Colossians 2:16)
“One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.” (Romans 14:5–6)

χάρις ἔλεος εἰρήνη σοι,