Wesley Mission’s Easter Sunrise Service goes global
For more than 50 years, Wesley Mission in Sydney has been taking the message of Easter to Australia – now it’s taking it to the world.
In a national first, Wesley Mission’s Easter Sunday Sunrise Service will be broadcast live on the web from the Sydney Opera House to an international audience.
As the sun rises over Sydney harbour and voices join in hymns of praise, people from around the globe will be able to watch the iconic and inspirational Easter Sunrise Service by logging on to www.wesleymission.org.au
“From its origins with the Rev Dr Sir Alan Walker preaching at a Sydney suburban drive-in theatre in the 1960s to its broadcast on national television and radio, Wesley Mission’s Easter Sunrise Service has been innovative, inspiring and engaging,” Wesley Mission Superintendent the Rev Dr Keith Garner said.
“We are now taking the service to a new level and embracing a worldwide audience which will hear a message of resurrection hope and new life which is immensely important in a world beset by conflict and fear.
“Mission cannot be carried out in an historical or cultural vacuum. We are a sent people who will make the clearest and most profound connections with our society today.”
Acclaimed soprano Sarah Toth will perform a number of songs and join hundreds of people from all walks of life to celebrate the power and joy of the Risen Lord. Sarah recently performed in a Rossini concert in conjunction with the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation.
Adding to the new global focus will be the delightful harmonies of Wesley Mission’s Samoan Congregation Choir. From its earliest days, Wesley Mission has always had a strong relationship with worshipping congregations in the Pacific.
The service will be led by Wesley Mission Superintendent the Rev Dr Keith Garner, who will also deliver the address to a national audience as the service is broadcast across Australia through the Channel 9 network and simulcast on Hope 103.2 FM and other stations across Australia.
Wesley Mission will host many other events, re-enactments and worship services during Holy Week 2015 from Palm Sunday, through Good Friday and Easter Sunday.