“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

“While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’

“And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.  

“But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.”

Luke 24: 1-12

Worshippers at several area churches will mark the holiest of days Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ with sermons and fellowship.

For some the Easter observance will begin today (Thursday).

At Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, a Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. today.

The church’s Holy Week observance will continue with a 7 p.m. service on Good Friday, 8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday and 11 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.

The congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church will also observe Holy Week, starting with breakfast at 6:45 a.m. today and Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at Trinity will begin at 7 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, the church will conduct a sunrise service at Red Hill. An Easter egg hunt for the children will be conducted during Sunday School.

At Faith Christian Fellowship in Dibble, “Easter in the Country” will feature a Resurrection Service at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Special guest for the service will be Big John Hall, a Gospel recording artist from the Gaither Homecoming television program.

The church’s 11th annual community dinner and egg hunt will follow the worship.

The meal is free and all are invited.

Christian Life Assembly of God won’t let the closure of the James C. Nance Memorial Bridge interfere with Easter plans for two congregations – one in Lexington and the other in Purcell.

Easter services at 230 W. Apache in Purcell will be at 9 a.m., followed at 10:45 at 209 NE 2nd in Lexington.

The services will feature several prize giveaways at each church, including 32-inch flat screen televisions, $50 gift cards, Nintendo Wii’s and more.

An Easter egg hunt will follow each service.

The choir and jazz band will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday Worship at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2705 N. 9th St., in Purcell.

Sunday School will start at 9 a.m.

For True Vine Church in Goldsby, the 11 a.m. Sunday worship will feature an Easter drama. An Easter egg hunt will follow the service.

First Baptist Church in Lexington will serve eggs for breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed at 9:45 a.m. by an Easter egg hunt. Both activities are free to the public and prizes will be awarded in the hunt.

Easter services at the church are scheduled for 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. There will also be Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

First Baptist Church in Washington will have their regular Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.

Choirs at Union Hill Baptist Church west of Purcell sang on Palm Sunday. The church will sponsor an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday and there will be two Easter Worship Services on Sunday. Service times will be 8:30 and 11 a.m.

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