Apr 4, 2010 10:13 PM by Matt Stafford

Old Springs tradition getting a fresh shake

A Colorado Springs tradition is revived this Easter.

"It's a good glorious morning!" the loudspeakers boomed in Acacia Park before the sun was up on Easter. It was a chilly one too, but plenty of folks toughed it out. They're trying to reclaim a local tradition lost, an Easter sunrise service.

"For years and years it was in the Garden of the Gods," explains Vern Thomson, who played music Easter morning with Colorado Cowboys for Jesus. "It was a tradition, all the way back through the twenties; one that I think should be revived."

Now it looks to have new life, with this service put on by the Street Church in its second year. Thomson enjoyed Garden of the Gods, but likes the new location.

"You can hear it bouncing off these (downtown) buildings," says Thomson. "It's really neat." Most of all though, it's the symbolism of the service that gets Thomson out of bed.

"You see the sun coming up. I mean it's all about Jesus," says Thomson. "He rose on that day, and so you can see the son rise."

The warmth of the sun eventually woke up the crowd, which is building as this new tradition begins.

"It's going to be a tradition from now on," says Brenda Moran. Along with her husband Robert, they run the Street Church and set up Sunday's service. They say, compared to last year, 2 or 3 times more many people came out.

"Maybe next year we'll have even more," Robert says hopefully. However, he adds, it's not about the numbers; it's about building bonds in the community, and tradition.



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