DIY resources for leading your own Easter Sunrise Ritual

For many years, I gathered on the beach with friends and community members for a sunrise Easter gathering.  Easter Fire, as we called it, does not belong to any particular church and is not sponsored by a religious organization - it's a service by the people and for the people.

I've collected these resources to help you create your own Easter ritual, individually or with your family. This is about you, the mystery of Christ's resurrection, and the eternal sunrise.

Below is a suggested order of service for your Easter sunrise ceremony with readings, reflection questions, and songs for you to play on your device and sing along.

Opening Prayer

Praying for light by John Philip Newell
Light within all light
Soul behind all souls
at the breaking of dawn
at the coming of day
we wait and watch.
Your Light within the morning light
Your Soul within the human soul
Your Presence beckoning to us from the heart of life.
In the dawning of this day
let us know fresh shinings in our soul.
In the growing colours of new beginning all around us
let us know the first lights of our heart.

CHANT - Within our darkest night

Within our darkest night (Taize chant)
Within our darkest night
you kindle a fire that never dies away,
never dies away.

READING - Psalm 84

This version of psalm 84 is taken from 'Psalms for Praying' © 2007 Nan C. Merrill