Lake Junaluska to hold memorable Easter Sunrise Service

Apr 12, 2017
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Early on Easter morning, before the sun has risen, a group of worshipers will gather at the amphitheater beneath the iconic Lake Junaluska Cross to celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection.

The Lake Junaluska’s Easter Sunrise Service offers a powerful and truly singular worship experience for all involved.

“One of the highlights of my year is attendance at the Easter Sunrise Service,” said Jack Ewing, executive director of Lake Junaluska. “I can think of no better place to remember and celebrate the significance of this most important day for Christians.”

The service begins at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 16 and will be led by Bishop Charlene Kammerer. Kammerer worked as part of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in Charlotte for nearly 10 years before being assigned to the Virginia Conference.

Kammerer said the message will draw from Matthew 28:1-10 and talk about God’s vindication.

“The Easter Sunrise Service gives us an opportunity to begin the new day with a celebration of the good news of Jesus’ resurrection,” said Kammerer.

The setting of the service is part of what makes it such a powerful experience, as the amphitheater overlooks the lake and has stunning views of the mountains beyond. The fact that the service takes place just as the sun is rising is a source of inspiration and a symbolic representation of the resurrection.

The Sunrise Service has become an integral part of the Easter Celebration at Lake Junaluska and is directly followed by a buffet breakfast at the Lambuth Inn.

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