Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sunrise Service at Fort Rock

If you are looking for something different to do for Easter this year, and you live in Central Oregon...you may want to attend the Sunrise Service at Fort Rock. It is a tradition that started way back before World War II and has continued to this time.
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You have to arrive early to beat the sun. People come from all directions and the parking lot fills up fast. But not to worry...there's always room on the side of the road. A shuttle to the gathering spot is provided for those that can't make the trek up the short hill.
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A big bonfire is started, pre-dawn to guide participants and warm cold noses and toes.
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Every year it draws a fairly large crowd and we have people that have actually travelled from adjoining states to attend. All are welcome. The more the merrier!
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After the sun officially comes up we sing songs together...
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And then the pastor from the local community church gives a sermon about why we are celebrating this day together. He lives! Halaleujah, He lives!
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Following the service there is always a big breakfast served at the Fort Rock Grange. So if you like ham, eggs, pancakes, hash browns and coffee, etc., etc. plan on partaking with the local residents. There's plenty to be had.

So this year, Easter is on April 4th. Won't you consider joining us? Hope to see you there!
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7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful way to celebrate the risen
    Lord. I never managed to attend a sunrise service before I moved here, and I doubt they do them here...but they do have some very evocative ways of celebrating Easter here too.

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  2. KC- The sunrise service is really nice. Tends to be cold some years. I will dress warm and probably wear my winter boots. I remember how Italy celebrates because Amber and boys were there for several years. It is for sure interesting!

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  3. Un bellissimo paesaggio, che tu dscrivi in modo eccellente grazie alla tua foto spettacolari.
    Buona Pasqua, Daniela.

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  4. How lovely. Something else to look forward to when we finally make it to live up there! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I live in Alaska now but have wonderful memories of attending this service when we lived in Crescent. Just tonight, our 26 year old daughter was reminiscing about going there as a five year old. Certainly looks like it has grown since we last attended in the late 80's.

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  6. Gail,
    Your photos of the Easter sunrise services are beautiful. What a fantastic way to celebrate Easter. I wish I lived closer so I could attend the Fort Rock sunrise service at least once in my lifetime.

    Thanks for sharing the joy, Gail
    Blessing to you and your family.

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  7. A great tradition. It is so nice to be up early and see the sunrise. Beautiful pictures, the sunrise and the fire, just lovely.

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