Churches extend invitation to Easter festivities

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By The Staff

Easter offers a lot to celebrate. Therefore, local churches are opening their doors and inviting the community to join in the festivities.  

A few churches are taking the celebrations outside.

Messaih Evangelical Lutheran Church will host an outdoor service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Overlook Park.

Additionally, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal, First Methodist, First Christian Church, The United Church of Los Alamos, First Christian Church and New Beginnings Fellowship Church are hosting a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Ashley Pond. Participating churches rotate duties annually, and this year Rev. Colin Kelly will deliver the message around 6:35 a.m. Rev. Don Childers, Rev. Don Partin and Rev. Dave Ring will also help out.  The ecumenical service will serve communion at two different stations. One station will serve wine and the other will serve grape juice.

The sunrise service will also feature music by the Quemazon Brass.

Sunday’s sunrise can also be viewed at 6:30 p.m. at Overlook Park. White Rock United Methodist Church will host this sunrise service before adjourning for coffee, juice and donuts in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

For those who are not early-risers, several churches will be offering Easter services throughout the day.

For instance, Bethlehem Lutheran Church will host a joint service with Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church at noon today, titled “Seven Last Words of Christ.” Following this service will be a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran.

Also, the church will host an Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. Saturday and two services Sunday. One will be at 8:15 a.m. and the other at 10:45 a.m.  Between services there will be a potluck Easter brunch and an Easter egg hunt for children who are in kindergarten and younger.

Bryce Avenue Presbyterian will host a Tenebrae Service, titled “The Shadow,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday. This particular service combines scripture and song. The church will also serve breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday before having its Easter service at 10:20 a.m. Anyone interested in attending the breakfast should call the church at 672-3364.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is offering a Good Friday service titled, “Passion of the Lord,” at 3 p.m. today following this service will be the Divine Mercy Novena at 6:45 p.m. today at the Immaculate Heart of Mary and at St. Joseph.

At 7 p.m., both churches will present the Stations of the Cross. Holy Saturday will feature the blessing of the Easter food baskets at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church as well as an Easter vigil at 8:15 p.m. Easter Sunday masses will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Redeemer Lutheran will offer a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. as well as regular Sunday morning services at 9:30 a.m. However, on Friday, the altar will be covered in black to mourn the death of Christ while on Sunday, it will be decorated in white and flowers to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

Today, White Rock Baptist Church will also host a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. and will host a Flowering of the Cross Service at 9 a.m. Sunday. White Rock Presbyterian will host a Paschal Vigil at 8 p.m. Saturday and a regular Sunday service at 9:15 a.m.

The community can also see the whole story behind Easter during the pageant, “Christ’s Passage to Resurrection,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos ward of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Santa Fe stake is presenting the pageant. There is no admission fee to attend.

Editor's Note: Bernadette Lauritzen contributed to this  story.