Scott Morrison has celebrated joy, hope and grace on Resurrection Sunday surrounded by family and fellow congregants at his Pentecostal church in Sutherland in Sydney's south.
Church elders greeted the nearly 1000 faithful with hugs, compliments and "Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection Sunday" as they arrived at Horizon Church's communion service.
Inside, three rows from the front and with wife Jenny by his side, the prime minister sang and clapped to the opening number celebrating a glorious day.
"Today is a reminder of the great hope and the reason for that hope is the reason we celebrate today," Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
"It's a very special time for me and my family but I know for people around the country and frankly all around the world."
Senior pastor Brad Bonhomme said ahead of the service he would deliver a message of hope.
"We all go through times when you feel as though things have been messy but the resurrection is there to show us the future that ... there's always hope on the other side," he told reporters on the steps of the church.
He intended to share his own story about his mother dying in January of a sudden, unexpected stroke.
She was in Perth and he was stuck in Sydney, having missed the last flight across the vast continent when he heard she had gone to hospital.
"That four-and-a-half-hour flight felt like a Sydney-Dallas flight, it took forever," Pastor Bonhomme said.
"But thankfully she was still on life support and I had the opportunity to say my goodbyes and express my gratitude.
"So you just want to talk about in disappointment and sadness there's always hope and we've got to look to the future. That's kind of our Easter message."
It's the first time media has been allowed to see Mr Morrison practising his faith at his own church, which he has attended for about a decade, although only cameras were let inside.
Mr Bonhomme said the church sees the Morrisons as family and aims to provide them with a space to express their faith.
"We just treat them like every other family," he said.
Mr Morrison said the church had been "a bedrock of our family" since they moved to the Shire.
"They're a wonderful community and they reach out all across the Shire and further beyond that and always have," he said.
"They've just been such a tremendous support for us personally and it's a very important part of our lives."
The prime minister has spent the bulk of the Easter weekend in his home town of Sydney.
It's been a stop-start campaign with Mr Morrison and opponent Bill Shorten calling a truce to electioneering on Good Friday and again on Sunday - although that has been stretched with both making public appearances.
Australian Associated Press