On This Date April 9th, 1950
Centennial Easter Sunrise Service
Dawn of Easter Sunday, on April 9th, First Lutheran congregation, gathered together with a generally invited public of over 3,000 souls, at the municipal pier over a quarter of a mile out over the Gulf of Mexico, to worship the Risen Christ.
First of its kind in America, this unique service provided an inspiration never to be forgotton by those in attendance. It appeared as though the Lord were present in person to illustrate His magnificence and power. Every stroke of nature was in conformance with the glory and exemplification of this service.
The altar, lectern and pulpit were constructed of driftwood and from the altar, banked high with Easter Lillies, rose a ten foot cross of sea shells framed against red drapes.
Pastor Long’s sermon thesis was that belief in the resurrection is fundamental to “an everlasting march to victory” – victory over death.
Miss Nancy Swinford sang “Open The Gates of the Temple”. Choirs of the Stephen F. Austin and Lovenberg Schools sang “The Green Cathedral”.
During the service porpoises played around the pier and pelicans and gulls flew over to witness the event. Two movie reels photographed much of the event and the entire service was transmitted to all parts of the state by the Texas Quality Network.
– Excerpt from “THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH”
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