After the long pandemic winter, you may be looking for a spectacular Easter sunrise service. Here’s one from the South Bay:
Sunrise on Easter Sunday is 6:43 a.m. We will arrive on the summit and be led by theScottish bagpipes played by the great David Vasheresse. Various Bible readings will beshared by local residents. The Easter Sunrise Service will be led by Rev. Tom Nibbe.
Special thanks to Park Ranger Katie Beltran for her special efforts in arranging the location.Dr. Angela Hey of Cambridge, England, is planning to cycle all the way from Portola Valley.Folks will be coming from Pacifica and all along the Pacific Ocean Coastline for the service.
So we are pleased to announce the Pacifica Community Easter Sunrise Service to be held at:THE DISCOVERY SITE ON SWEENEY RIDGE…Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021…two distinct heartygroups will converge for the sunrise on the summit. Only these two groups will be certified to participate on Federal property. The first group of folks (hikers) will ascend from the end of Fassler Boulevard beginning at 6:00 a.m. sharp. The second group will assemble in automobilesprior to the “6:00 a.m. deadline” and leave Eureka Square with Pacifica Police Department escort.Note the pandemic restrictions. Automobiles must contain only single family passengers.
Timing is extremely important because we all want to be assembled when the sun comes up. Once on the ridge, hikers will come around to the parking area before heading up to the summit. Folks in automobiles will arrive at the parking area on the ridge and together we will all ascent to the summit following the bagpipes–that being–in the dark, and, as we ascent to the summit, the sun will rise in the east. It’s an amazing moment captured as the group shares it together.
Nonetheless, be prepared for everything and anything to happen. It could remain foggy, or cloudyand it could be raining cats and dogs. (Note: you can bring your pets, make sure they’re leashed.) The Easter Sunrise Service is not meant for the “faint of heart”. You and yours MUST dress warmly (Tahoe-style) with warm hats, definitely gloves, and scarves. On most years, we have been blessed with fabuous weather and glorious, magnificent sunrises. In this regard, there are no guarantees as regards the weather, but suspense is part of the excitement. Mind your clothing. Overdo warmth.
Masks are required. Social distancing is required. Sanitized hands required before leaving home.Our time on the summit is limited (sometimes that’s a real blessing) but it will all be worth it. It is oneof the great local annual events we share during the course of each year. Fortunately we are back againthis year after “sheltering-at-home” last year. Be sure to set your alarm clock and be on time — 6:00 a.m.
Cordially,Pastor Tom Nibbe