The song of wind chimes, violins and gusts of air filled the courtyard of University Christian Church in Fort Worth as worshippers filed in for a chilly Easter sunrise service.
The service began with words from Tyler Heston, assistant minister and seminary student, who led congregation in the Lord’s Prayer. The trees began to make a tune of their own alongside the four-person choir, which sang hymns of hope.
“This story starts just like ours today — in the dark,” said Alison Nicoll, assistant minister and seminary student, as she began telling the story of Jesus’ resurrection.
As her hair blew across her face and the wind pounded into the microphone, Nicoll talked about the evil that plagues the world. She reminded listeners that as darkness consumes, light creeps in slowly — just like dawn.
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The wind gusted up to 36 mph. The cold front hit about the same time as sunrise, between 6:45 and 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
Right before the cold front it was about 62, then the temperature dropped to about 54 degrees.
Nicoll read from Psalm 30:5, “weeping may stay for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” She encouraged the worshippers to go forth full of joy.
“[Easter] provides new joy, it’s a bright celebration,” Hannah Canterbury, a TCU student in attendance, said.
Staff writer Dylan Bradley contributed to this report.
Azia Branson; 817-390-7547, @aziabranson