Sunrise Service 2020

Where two or more are gathered in my name...
We can't meet together but we can worship together!
We encourage you to share this service with as many people as you can. 

Imagine hundreds of Christians reading the same Scriptures saying the same prayers at sunrise EASTER MORNING!
I hope you will join us as we gather together in spirit to worship in unison our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
And I hope you will invite others!

You can use the service posted here
or download our PDF to print.

7 AM Easter Morning Sunrise Service

HOW TO USE THIS SERVICE

Start at 7:00 AM.
Follow the ques and keep a close watch for 7:07 AM to observe a minute of silence until 7:08 the official time of sunrise.
If two or more are gathered choose a leader before beginning.

Gathering: 7:00 AM

Join together outside or by a West facing window where you can observe the sunrise.

Read Matthew 28:1-10 & 16-20

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:
Read slowly.  Read out loud. 
Listen very carefully to Matthew’s words. 
Try to listen as if you have never heard this passage before. 
Set aside preconceived notions about the passage and its meaning.
Invite the Holy Spirit to help you hear it afresh    and new! 
After reading walk through the guide for mediation below.

Passage Meditation
  • What stood out to you?
  • Did a particular word or phrase catch your attention?  Why do you think it did?
  • Was there anything you didn’t notice before that you did this time?
  • Talk to God about what you heard or to those who are gathered with you?
  • Reread the passage and continue the reflections.

(Be sure to observe a moment of silence at 7:07 AM)

7:07 to 7:08 AM
Silent Mediation

SUNRISE 7:08 AM

Readings and Prayer

ALL: The light of Christ rises in glory, overcoming the darkness of sin and death.

LEADER: The Apostle Paul reminds us that in Christ we have already died, drowned in baptism. Yet we have died and raised to newness of life.

PRAY:
LEADER: God of holiness and light, in mystery of dying and rising with Christ. You have established a new covenant of reconciliation.
ALL: Cleanse out heart and give a new spirit
to all your people,

LEADER: Cleanse out heart and give a new spirit to all your people, that your saving grace may be made known to the whole world;
ALL: Through Jesus Christ our Lord AMEN

Closing Thought:
John 20 tell us on that first Easter Morning that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb while it was still dark.  God did not even wait for the sun to rise to redeem his son on that third day.  Realize God’s love for you, how deep how wide how immeasurable and pure. 

Go in Peace