Celebration and Communion
It was a beautiful morning for Lewisville’s Community Sunrise Service, which was hosted by six area churches. The beauty of the morning — punctuated by the sweet songs of birds — was a wonderful setting for the Easter message.
At the end of this post, I’ve provided a link to the photo gallery containing photographs made throughout the service, as well as a link to a condensed audio recording of the service. (The recording excludes the time during which folks filed in line to receive communion). Identified below are the ministers who led various portions of the service.
Greeting and Call to Worship
Rev. Les Puryear – Lewisville Baptist Church
Responsive Reading (Psalm 118: 14–29)
Rev. Stuart Zimmerman – Unity Moravian Church
Scripture Lesson (Matthew 28:1–15)
Rev. Danny Leonard – Sunrise Methodist Church
Message (“What Story are You Telling?”)
Rev. Louis Hunter, Jr. – New Hope AME Zion Church
Prayer of Thanksgiving / Blessing of Bread and Cup
Rev. Robert C. Evans, III – Shallowford Presbyterian Church
Blessing and Benediction
Rev. Keith Bingham – Lewisville United Methodist Church
To see more photos of this beautiful service, please visit the Community Sunrise Service photo gallery.
Lewisville Community Sunrise Service 2009 (MP3, 28 MIN.)
Eggs, Eggs and More Eggs!
I dropped by Sunrise United Methodist Church this past Saturday morning (April 11) to photograph their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Oh, what fun it was!
With every child that arrived, I could feel the energy and excitement level building! And when the signal was given, children and parents scurried outside to find the Easter eggs that had been so profusely placed on the property.
Everywhere I looked, I saw multiple brightly colored eggs, and I could just imagine the children’s excitement. (Wisely enough, a color-code procedure had been introduced during sign-up to ensure that every child could find enough eggs to fill his or her basket.)
As far as photographs, I decided to concentrate on the younger children, thinking it would be somewhat easier to anticipate their moves and to get into position for some good shots. Well, they moved faster than I expected! But I just kept darting here and there as I saw children constantly moving toward unclaimed eggs.
It seemed that in no time, though, the hunt was over and everyone headed back inside the church building. That’s when the eggs were opened, and the goodies were retrieved. Kids and parents alike were opening eggs with such concentrated zeal that most of them seemed oblivious to me and my clicking camera!
More Fun and Food
Next, everyone headed outside for a group shot of the children, followed by games for the various ages, with parents and other volunteers assisting. Wrapping up the fun morning was a hotdog lunch provided by the youth.
Be sure to check out the Sunrise UMC Easter Egg Hunt photo gallery. You’ll get a real sense of the enthusiasm and fun that marked a very enjoyable morning.
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