70 Years and Counting ~ Bedford’s Ecumenical, Lay-Led Easter Dawn Service

Fawn Lake at Dawn on Easter 2019 – Click to view the full-sized image

The 70th annual Easter Dawn Service, an ecumenical, lay-led worship service, will be modified this year to abide by current public-health protocols.

Participants will be invited to visit the shores of Fawn Lake off Sweetwater Avenue any time between 6:30 am and 10:00 am on Sunday, April 4, for private prayer, meditation, and worship. A bulletin with readings, Scripture, prayers, and a link to a video with musical selections will be posted to The Bedford Citizen during Holy Week, with hard copies available at Fawn Lake on Easter morning.

Individuals and household groups will be expected to wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distance from other groups while at Fawn Lake. We also request the use of headphones to listen to the musical selections. As the grass on the hillside may not be fully recovered after this past year’s dredging project, we recommend appropriate footwear as well.

The 2020 Easter Dawn service was pre-recorded on Zoom and broadcast through Bedford TV. This year, the planning committee is pleased to be able to welcome worshippers back to Fawn Lake, on an individual and household basis, to enjoy one of Bedford’s most beautiful outdoor settings. We hope Easter 2022 will mark a return to our regular in-person, early-morning service.

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The ecumenical Easter Dawn service began in 1951 under the inspiration and direction of Doris (“Mickey”) and Reed Webber of the First Church of Christ (UCC). For most of its history, the service has relied on lay leadership from participating Bedford congregations.

The bulletin will also be hosted on the website of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, www.stpaulsbedford.org. More information will be published in The Bedford Citizen in the coming weeks.

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Dianne Bridgeman
March 17, 2021 8:48 pm

The magical almost surreal experience of Fawn Lake in the very early morning hours as the fog lifts from the water, as you meditate on the beauty of a local pond, and reflect on this past year
as long as it dragged on yet how fast a year went by, is something you may want to experience this year on Easter Morning.

Ginni Spencer
March 17, 2021 12:09 pm

What a thoughtful and lovely way of continuing this wonderful tradition. Kudos to those who developed this improvised approach.

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