Easter Sunrise on the Beach

It was early on an Easter morning a number of years ago. I woke around 5:30 AM to the sound of rain. It was pouring outside. My initial thought was to go back to sleep and be better rested for the 10:00 worship service. Then I became concerned because I had not specified what would happen to our Sunrise Service in the event of bad weather. It seemed the most responsible course of action would be to go to Fleet’s Cove beach in case anyone did show up. So that is how I ended up sitting in my car in downpour at the beach at 6:25 on Easter morning. I decided I would say a prayer for my congregation who were all warm and dry in their beds.

Imagine my surprise when in my rearview mirror I saw car headlights entering the beach parking lot at 6:30 AM. As the minivan pulled up next to my own I recognized the driver as Steve, a member of our church and sunrise service regular. Steve jumped out of his car and into the passenger seat next to me. We sat for a few minutes talking about the rain and waiting to see if anyone else showed up. Eventually we said a prayer for Easter morning, just the two of us, in the front seat of my Plymouth Voyager, while the rain pounded on the car top.

This is only one of many fond memories I have of Easter at Fleet’s Cove beach. Amazing things happen when we come to worship at the beach in the early morning. Perhaps not as miraculous as the sight of an empty tomb that greeted Jesus’ followers on the first Easter, but certainly inspiring for me.

I hope you can join us for the sunrise service this Sunday. It is at 6:30 AM at Fleet’s Cove (at the end of Fleet’s Cove Road). We also have a Maundy Thursday service at the church on April 5 at 7:30 PM and the intergenerational 10:00 Easter Morning service. The adult choir, bell choir and the children’s choir will sing during that service


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