More than fifty people gathered Sunday morning atop the ‘school house hill’ to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Liz Elkins from Gospel Lighthouse asked Rickey Caughron of Sit’em Down Cowboy Church to open the service with prayer. Pastor Sonny Parsons of First Christian Church offered the Old Testament reading from Isaiah 53:1-12, followed by The Lord’s Prayer led by Dr. Jack Hetzel, pastor of First United Methodist Church.
The Community Choir – Rex and Patti Rozell, Boo and Marsha Buchheit, Buzz and Melody Payne, Wayne and Jackie Davis, Rick and Lois Peterson, and Liz Elkins – led the congregation in “He Lives!” and “Amazing Grace,” then the New Testament reading from 1 Peter 1:3 was given by Pastor Jerome Ellard of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship.
Sit’em Down Cowboy Church pastor, Chad Lee, gave his awesome testimony of how God delivered him from years of drug abuse. In November 2010, Chad says he had sunk so low that he was stealing from his father for drug money and only by the Grace of God is he with us today! (If you have never had the opportunity to hear Chad speak of what God has done in his life, you have missed one powerful tribute to the power of God!)
Dr. Bill Weaver, pastor of First Baptist Church offered the closing prayer. Pastor Liz Elkins introduced the 2018 Governing Board for the Big Sandy Agape House Ministries (BSAHM): Jerome Ellard, President; Dr. Bill Weaver, Vice President; Marsha Buchheit, Secretary; Gay Ingram, Treasurer; and Sharon Hill, Director of BSAHM.
“The Big Sandy Ministerial Alliance extends special thanks to all participating in today’s Sonrise Service. May you be blessed during this holy time of celebrating our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection and ascension. The Big Sandy Agape House Ministries sincerely appreciates the faithfulness of the community volunteers and the individuals that support the Agape House through monetary donations, canned goods, and clothing. Currently, the Agape House is in great need of canned food and volunteers. Your willingness to continue serving as God’s extended hand on earth makes a difference! Thank you, in advance, for helping us as we help others. And a special thanks to New Beginnings Christian Fellowship for providing the refreshments and First Christian Church for the programs,” said Pastor Liz.