Feliciana churches unite for Easter sunrise service _lowres

Photo provided by Beth Dawson -- The Rev. Joy Comeaux, of Jackson United Methodist Church, leads the Gospel while the Rev. Jesse Means, of Concord and New Hope United Methodist churches in West Feliciana Parish, reviews his sermon for an Easter sunrise worship service attended by the congregations of the three churches April 5 near Jackson.

Three Feliciana churches united their congregations on Easter for a sunrise worship service around the outdoor cross on the Spillman property near Jackson.

Formerly the Spillman Ranch, which belonged to Irma, Kermit and Russell Spillman, the property was willed to the three churches — Concord United Methodist and New Hope United Methodist in West Feliciana Parish and Jackson United Methodist in East Feliciana Parish, according to Beth Dawson, Jackson church member.

The Rev. Jesse Means, of Concord and New Hope, delivered the sermon, and the Rev. Joy Comeaux, of Jackson United Methodist, recited a greeting opening prayer and presented the Gospel lesson.

Guest Debbie Morris, of Judson Baptist Retreat Center in St. Francisville, led the congregation in three hymns: “He Lives,” “Christ Arose” and “Fairest Lord Jesus.”

Following the service, the church members gathered for breakfast at Jackson UMC, prepared by the church’s women’s group and organized by Berlene Morgan.

The sunrise service tradition calls for the ministers to take turns giving the sermon and hosting the breakfast.

In 2016, Comeaux will deliver the sermon, and Concord UMC will host the breakfast.