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The Week After Easter

Psalm 119:147

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.

Life ChangeEaster 2019 has come and gone. Lent was a powerful time this year for me. Holy Week was amazing. I loved the Seder meal and the Good Friday service. Easter Sunrise service is always special for me – I’ve only missed one in my adult life that I can remember. I loved sharing that time with my father when possible. I loved the hill behind Mt. Zion with the benches and three crosses and the sun rising over the hill – the pavilion at Mt. Oak (with the cross in the field) – and the prayer garden at First Church – just to name the last three churches I’ve served. Each holds many special memories.

On Easter morning I usually arise around 4 am. Sunrise this year was at 6:20 am so we started our service at 6 am. I know that some of our men and women – some of my friends – wake that early or earlier on a regular basis. One of my son-in-laws gets up that early most every day to go to work. It is not my usual time to rise though. As a matter of fact – there have been nights I haven’t gone to sleep until that time! My normal time to rise is 6:00 am or thereabouts. By that time we were starting worship on Easter morning. It was a powerful morning – we had a great time worshiping God. We invited other churches and the community to join us. The sun rising will remind us that the Son rose. Continue reading

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Waking Early With Jesus!

Psalm 119:147

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.

112015 Ray McDonaldEaster morning is less than two weeks away.  I usually rise earlier on Easter than most mornings.  This past year I rose up at 4:00 am.  I know that for some men and women – even some of my friends – waking up that early or earlier is a regular practice.  Some of my children often get up that early on a regular basis to head to work.

Getting up at 4 am is not my usual time to rise.  As a matter of fact – there have been nights I haven’t gone to sleep until that time!  My normal time to rise is between 5:45 and 6 am.  By that time on Easter we will already be at church and getting ready for our 6:30 am Sunrise service.  The sun will rise and we will celebrate the Son rising. Continue reading

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