Easter Sunrise Service Unaffected By Chill, Clouds
SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Despite an overcast sky and a chill in the air, the warmth of a joyful Easter holiday lightened the mood of dozens of people who attended a 7 a.m. community sunrise worship service Sunday (April 1, 2018) near the display hill outside Ott’s Exotic Plants, 861 Gravel Pike (at top). The service was sponsored by Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dan Schaefer presiding.
The florist’s location supplied a stark contrast to the gloominess of the weather. Carts filled with bright yellow, purple, and red blooms (above) were duplicated by similar plantings spread in rows across the lower portion of the hillside. A large banner proclaiming “Christ Is Risen” was hung high at the hill’s crest.
“Welcome to worship this Day of Resurrection,” the event’s program greeted visitors. “We hope you will be both comforted and challenged by the Word of God for us today.”
An organist led the congregation (above) in the hymns “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today,” and “Now All The Vault of Heaven Resounds,” and also played Carol Tornquist’s arrangement of “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” during the offertory.
Schaefer, accompanied by assistants Tim Arnold and John Souder, invited anyone interested to participate in sharing communion of bread wafers and wine (above). The pastor provided a smile, a pat on the head, or a hug of the shoulder, and a few words of blessing, to each of younger children accompanying adults in the line (below).
Photos by The Schwenksville Post