Rev. Kevin Koenig, Marco Lutheran Church, will lead the opening prayer, Rev. Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church, will lead the prayer prior to the preaching of the Word and Rev. Thomas McCulley, New Life Community Church, will lead the closing moments and prayer. The Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, Senior Pastor at Marco Presbyterian Church, will give the Easter message.
“This year is the 28th anniversary of an event that started with a handful of people who wanted to celebrate the ‘abundant life’ so obvious here on Marco Island,” said Alan Sandlin, Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach committee co-chair. “This original small group, has through the years, grown into an amazing gathering of over 8,000.
“Now for all who want to share in an event of thanksgiving, music, worship and honoring the very foundation of our Christian belief, I invite you to join us for this island celebration that has become one of our very special traditions.”
Music for the service will include singer Dawn Birch, from Billy Dean and Dawn; flutist Sandy Stein, a member of “Flute Cocktail” and the “Naples Concert Band,” and pianist John Stein, Music Director at Marco Presbyterian Church.
Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access path north of the Madeira Condominium. The Marco Police and volunteers will direct traffic and assist with parking, including double parking along Collier Boulevard. Also, the MICA parking lot will open at 6 am for member parking. Dress is casual; bring your own blanket or chair. Musical prelude begins at 6:45 am. For information call 239.394.8186.