The 31st Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held Sunday, April 21, at 7 AM on the beach at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.
Alan Sandlin will begin the service, Dr. Greg Poland will lead the opening prayer, Pastor Scott Kerens will lead the prayer prior to the preaching of the Word and Pastor Thomas McCulley will lead the closing moments and prayer.
Pastor Steve Schoof will give the Easter message titled, “The Resurrection of Jesus transforms hopelessness into hopefulness, NOW.”
“Today’s culture, with its negativity and despair, feels as if life is now lived in a minor key – overshadowed with sadness,” Pastor Schoof said. “Yet, through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, our lives can be lived as if in a major key – resonating with joy and hope.”
During the Prelude, Sandy and John Stein will be performing on flute and piano and special music during the service will be provided by renowned saxophonist Eirinn Abú.
Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access path north of the Madeira Condominium. The Marco Police and volunteers will direct traffic and assist with parking, including double parking along Collier Boulevard. Additionally, the Resident’s Beach parking lot will open at 6 AM for member parking. Dress is casual; bring your own blanket or chair. Musical prelude begins at 6:45 AM. For those who need assistance, handicap parking will be available near the Marriott Spa with golf carts to assist to the edge of the beach.
For information call Marco Church at 239-394-8186.