By Jennifer Bernstein, Al Novack, Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Despite winter temperatures, hundreds attended the annual sunrise Easter service at Lakeview Memorial in South Jersey.
Over 200 worshippers attended the 82nd annual Cinnaminson multi-denominational sunrise service at Lakeview Memorial. Congregants dressed in warm winter coats and many brought blankets to stay warm as they listened to clergy from many of South Jersey churches explain the Easter message.
The Cinnaminson sunrise service is contemporary in presentation and churches taking part represented a number of denominations including Roman Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Moravian.
United Methodist Reverend John Toll concluded the service with the Resurrection Blessing, “Let us leave this place with Resurrection joy and all God’s people said, ‘Amen’.”
Congregants at Greater Community Bible Tabernacle say Easter is especially significant to them.
“Easter means to me that god he died for us and he rose again so we wouldn’t have to live a life of sin. So we’re very appreciative of this holiday.”
“Easter means the Crucifiction of Jesus, the day that he rose and he came down to save us.”
“Easter means that God rose on the third day.”