Sunrise Celebration of Easter

April 26, 2019

 

by Len Lathrop

In 325 CE, the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.

While Mother Nature delivered some showers as the parishioners of the First Baptist Church gathered at Robinson Pond for Resurrection Sunday, Easter late in April offered a sunrise celebration comfortable in light jacket or sweater.

As Reverend Moa Imchen welcomed the worshipers, he commented about how warm it was – different from other Easter mornings when coats and gloves were needed – but the Pastor did note that the bugs were greeting everyone this special morning.

The service began with a call to worship “No matter how often the dawn heralds day’s beginning with sounds and light, we always welcome the dense of newness that morning gives.” “And no matter how many times we hear the Easter story proclaimed in song and gospel, we always welcome the assurance of newness that Christ’s resurrection gives.”

Sung were the traditional hymns “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” by Charles Wesley, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” adapted from Galatians 6:14, and several other hymns.

Following scripture readings the Pastor delivered his message about how the Resurrection changed the world and is something to celebrate. Sin and evil and death is not the final word, God will find us and bring us to Him, go and tell that He lives as a risen Christ.

Following the service, parishioners went to the Fellowship Hall in the church for a wonderful breakfast and some networking.