This morning began in the darkness just before dawn. More than 100 people gathered in the Narthex for the Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. We sang "Up From the Grave He Arose" and listened as to a reading from the gospel of Luke. After Pastor Darryll's meditation, each person shared the light of Christ by touching one candle to another. While singing "Alleluia, Christ is Risen," we processed into the darkened Nave, gradually filling it with light.
Once everyone had reached the Nave and the lights were brought up, we proclaimed, "Christ has conquered! Glory Fills Us! Darkness vanishes forever!" Following the service, we all joined in fellowship and shared an Easter breakfast in Parish Hall.
The musical prelude for both the 8:30 a.m. service and the 11 a.m service began with the sounds of the UT Brasswind Quintet. We are grateful for their continued participation in our Easter Services. What a blessing!
After the opening hymn, "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," our Easter Services continued with Pastor Leah and the children opening the "Hallelujah" box where they had place that special word back at the beginning of Lent.
Let's listen as they open the box....
What a wonderful celebration of the Risen Lord! After Pastor Andy's sermon, our Parish Choir presented Hallelujah from Messiah. It was a breathtaking way to close both our services this morning. Thanks to all the pastors, ushers, greeters, choir members, teachers and volunteers who made today so meaningful for the congregation and all of our visitors. Thanks be to God!