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Easter Sunrise Service in Atlanta’s Candler Park

Easter Sunrise Service in Atlanta’s Candler Park

The Easter Sunrise Service at The Church Without Walls in Atlanta’s Candler Park caps our Holy Week observance, which includes:

  • Maundy Thursday service with First Christian Church of Decatur
  • Good Friday service at the foot of the Cross on the front lawn of FCCD
  • Holy Saturday prayer** and meditation at the regular worship location of The Church Without Walls in Candler Park
  • Easter Sunrise Service in Candler Park at the regular worship location of The Church Without Walls in Candler Park, followed by a picnic breakfast
  • Easter Celebration Service with FCCD in their sanctuary

Easter Sunrise Service caps Holy Week and Lent

We also offer a prayerful Lenten observance starting with Ash Wednesday and continuing for the 40 days that precede Easter in the Christian calendar. For us, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. Observing Lent allows us as followers of Jesus to replicate his sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

The Bible provides several examples of people calling for prayer and discipline to set themselves aside for God and to discern the direction in which their relationship with God is leading them. During his 40 days in the desert, Jesus set himself aside to more clearly hear God speaking and directing him in his ministry. Jesus made it plain that we can do the same at any point in our walk with God; Lent allows us to pursue this journey together with mutual support.

Our congregation observes Lent as a period of repentance in a more personal sense of that word (i.e., as a turning back to God), allowing us to reflect on our individual relationships with God and resolve to act on the discoveries we make during this time of encounter and reflection. It paves the way for a feeling of true renewal on Easter Sunday.

** As part of our prayerful observance of the solemn period between Good Friday and Easter Sunrise, we also offer a comprehensive guide to fasting for those who choose to follow this practice. Whether or not you choose to fast, you’re also welcome to join us each year in centered prayer on the subject of the congregation’s choosing for that year’s observance.


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