Summary: Short sermon for an Easter Sunrise Service

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MARK 16:1-6

INTRODUCTION… “Easter Morning Joy”; Soft Whispers from Derry's Heart Poems © 2005

This is the dawning of our joyous Easter morn,

Our delight can never end,

For Jesus is risen... He is risen from the dead.

We are embraced in love, He has taken all our death,

His light has broken the night, He has risen, as He said.

The precious One has fought and won - to go ahead,

Calling ..."Come", It is all done.

Joy is now set free, in the hearts of everyone.


We are gathered here this morning at a very special time of day. We are here at “sunrise.” Sunrise is the instant each and every day at which the upper edge of the sun peeks and appears over the eastern horizon very early in the morning. We call it a sun“rise” because the sun appears to "rise" from the distant dark horizon into the sky. We of course know nowadays that it is actually the Earth's motion that causes the sun to appear so brilliantly on the Earth, but that doesn’t really matter because each sunrise seems to be a small miracle that fills the sky with such promise of a new day.

Sunrises are brilliant and miraculous in my opinion because of the colors that fill the sky. God created sunrises in such a way that air molecules and airborne particles scatter white sunlight as it passes through the Earth's atmosphere and based on the light beams and clouds and moisture in the air… the sky can be orange and red with every beautiful color in between. Each sunrise every day is a unique vivid color-filled creative act! You can view a sunrise anywhere, but certainly with mountains in view or on a beach or with a beautiful cityscape in the background, it adds more beauty to this already wonderful miracle.

Each sunrise signals the start of a new day which in our minds brings with it promises of good things. Perhaps that is why when travelling to Minnesota, Alaska, Florida, Virginia, and West Virginia you can find whole towns named “Sunrise.” Perhaps that is why countless song writers include the word pictures of sunrises in their songs or poets write about this time of day. Even artists paint pictures and landscapes with sunrises often as the time of day portrayed because sunrises hold so much meaning.

For us, the sunrise means…

Fresh Start: each sunrise signals that a new day is beginning which means a fresh start

Optimism: each sunrise means the last day is past and we can hope for a better new day in the present

New Life: each sunrise for some reason is a picture for us of life beginning again and new


Of all the sunrises that have happened since the very first one, I can’t imagine any greater morning than the third day after Jesus had been crucified. Friday brought denial, trial, pain, and death. Saturday was a day of hopelessness for many. Yet on Sunday, that first Easter “sunrise” (S-U-N-R-I-S-E) brought with it an actual “Sonrise” (S-O-N-R-I-S-E) which signaled a fresh start, optimism, and new life.

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