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Sunrise service draws crowd to square

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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EARLY CELEBRATION – Worshippers decorate a cross with fresh flowers during Sunday’s Sunrise Service on the Decatur square. The Easter event was sponsored by Pecan Street Mission. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Tyra Stiel stayed out of the wind in her car before joining the crowd arriving early Sunday morning to the Decatur Square.

“We got here so early. They were practicing the music, and we could hear it,” Stiel said.

As the sun peaked above the eastern horizon, more than 120 people gathered on the square for a second year on Easter morning for a community sunrise service. Pecan Street Mission, a faith community of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, presented the worship service.

“We loved it. It was our second year to do it,” said the Rev. Ricky Harrison. “Before Pecan Street Mission opened, this was the first thing we did publicly. I think the crowd was bigger. The weather was beautiful.”

Pecan Street Mission also hosted the Christmas community candlelight service on Dec. 23, drawing a large crowd.

“We want to offer something to the community,” Harrison said. “No one was doing a community sunrise service, so we took it on. It’s cool to see the whole commmunity out on a beautiful Easter morning.”

Parishioners sipped coffee from Trinity Street Coffee during the service as Harrison spoke from the Gospel of Luke. Carnations were also handed out to the crowd at the end of the near hour-long service.

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