Sunrise

Get Religion has a great reaction to, and analysis of, this Los Angeles Times piece about the decline of Easter sunrise services.

I myself started the day, as I do every Easter, by attending sunrise service and breakfast at my father’s church followed by regular service at the church where I’m a member.

The Rev. William Morris, who retired a year or so ago as bishop of the Tennessee Conference, was the speaker at the sunrise service, as he has been on other occasions. A big black man with a wonderful baritone speaking voice, who can sing beautifully a cappella, Rev. Morris is a beautiful man of God who has been a great friend to my father over the years, since the days when he was Murfreesboro District Superintendent. He gave a wonderful message and sang “Were You There?”

Rev. Morris also spoke last year. Then, he was accompanied by his wife, Mary, who made the effort to attend the early-morning service even though she was in the final months of her battle with cancer. I think we all felt our heartstrings pulled this morning the first time Rev. Morris mentioned his late wife.

4 thoughts on “Sunrise

  1. While my parents always go to sunrise services, I am such an anti-morning person (hubby too) that I can barely get myself to regular church, let alone be up and functioning by 6:30am! heh I often wish that church were in the evenings. 7 or 8pm would be perfect for my night-owlish ways. :)

  2. While my parents always go to sunrise services, I am such an anti-morning person (hubby too) that I can barely get myself to regular church, let alone be up and functioning by 6:30am! heh I often wish that church were in the evenings. 7 or 8pm would be perfect for my night-owlish ways. :)

  3. We used to do sunrise services until BIL became an assistant pastor, then we went to his church’s Easter services on the beach. Often, it rains on Easter morning but God lets the rain stop for their service! The only thing is that I get to spend my Easter church service chasing after a little one–there’s no child care. It it were a true sunrise service, that wouldn’t be an issue because the kids would be too cold to run around :D

  4. We used to do sunrise services until BIL became an assistant pastor, then we went to his church’s Easter services on the beach. Often, it rains on Easter morning but God lets the rain stop for their service! The only thing is that I get to spend my Easter church service chasing after a little one–there’s no child care. It it were a true sunrise service, that wouldn’t be an issue because the kids would be too cold to run around :D

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