Easter Sunrise Service units churches across the community

As local pastors looked to the skies Sunday morning, they knew the spirit was there. It was the rain they were worried about.

The second annual downtown Easter Sunrise Service was about to get underway in the shadow of the Ellis County courthouse as a crowd gathered near a tractor and flat-bed trailer, which would serve as the pulpit for the morning’s worship service.

God’s City, God’s Church was created to bring all Christian churches and nonprofits in Waxahachie together to raise awareness for the needs of the community and the services provided to meet those needs.

“This morning, we’ve got pastors and parishioners from across the community that are participating in this morning’s Sunrise Service,” said Shaw. “It is truly a blessing.”

The Rev. Marcia Hagee, with the First Christian Church of Waxahachie, gave the morning sermon, and spoke about the importance of the unity of local churches as bedrocks of faith within the community.

“There is a strength in unity, and our local churches are moving as one to solve problems and bring our community closer to Christ,” said Hagee.

Pastor Adrian Cooper, founder and senior pastor with Life Church in Waxahachie, said he was simply honored to be a part of a growing movement.

“It’s definitely a blessing to be a part of the new thing,” said Cooper. “I’ve been told for quite a while what God’s City, God’s Church is doing, and one of those things is unity in the community, and that is something my heart yearns for.”

Lead pastor Josh Morgan, with the Connect4Life Church, noted after the morning service that his hope is that unity can extend beyond the churches and work to bring people together.

“I believe it’s one of the first steps to true unity in our city among the churches, but not just the churches, among the people,” said Morgan. “The scripture says, ‘They will know us by the love we have for one another,’ and this is our town, these are our people, and we love them.”

Following the morning sermon and music, Shaw spoke of how inspiring the effort has been.

“What you saw here this morning, this is everything God would want to see on an Easter morning,” said Shaw. “Every denomination, every race, every age, we were all here. I don’t know how it could have been any more beautiful.”

Though the service lasted less than an hour, there was an excitement in both the pastors and parishioners who gathered downtown.

“There was a lot of energy here today, which is exactly what the Lord wants to see,” said Cooper. “There’s no caffeine like the holy spirit!”

Morgan said they’ve come a long way, but there is still work to do.

“I think when the church comes together, and that shows, it speaks volumes to those in the community,” said Morgan. “Those divisions didn’t happen overnight, and resolving those issues won’t happen overnight either, but we have to be committed to it, to loving each other and overcoming it.”