Churches all across Cherokee County are celebrating Easter services Sunday to mark one of the most significant observances of the Christian calendar.
Among those, an annual event for the last 34 years in Canton will once again offer worshipers the opportunity to greet the dawn this Easter morning.
Started by the Rev. Charles Davis of Canton Community Church and radio personality Byron Dobbs, the Resurrection Easter Sunrise Service at Cherokee Memorial Park takes place at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Davis said the program begins with an invocation and then the playing of taps.
“The first thing we normally have is taps, which is a really chilling moment,” Davis said.
Ora Poole will sing “Save by Grace” and “I Walked Where Jesus Walked.” Davis will present words of inspiration.
“Of course, when we started this we thought of all the people who have their loved ones there, and thought it would be a wonderful place,” Davis said. “If the trumpet of God were to sound, the spirit would be reunited, we have a glorified body, just a point of reality of what could happen.”
Davis said he is hoping and praying for a good crowd. In case of rain
the service will be in the mausoleum.
The pastor said the memorial park is a pretty place to enjoy the sunrise service.
“Every year, there is a tree right near the garden and a bird comes to sing in the tree, and that is a special moment that we all hope will be repeated,” Davis said.
Waleska First Baptist Church is holding a special 11 a.m. Easter service this year. The service will be a cantata called “Amazing Grace,” a program with singing and drama. Presented by the church’s choir and drama team, the service will celebrate Christ’s rising.
“It tells the story of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross and his rising from the grave,” said the church’s ministry assistant, Nena Jones.
Also in Canton, Heritage Baptist Fellowship, a cooperative Baptist congregation, has an Easter service planned as well. Valerie Cohen, the church’s office manager, said the Rev. Jake Hall would be bringing the message of God to his congregation at 11 a.m.
In addition to a musician playing the trumpet a couple of times in the service, two young sisters in a musical group called “Heartstring” will play the violin and harp.
“What we share is a living faith in Christ Jesus, and a commitment to growing that faith through worship, discipleship, fellowship, service and witness,” the church says.
The church welcomes followers to “come and celebrate the risen Christ!”