Easter will be celebrated Islandwide, including special events and sermons during Holy Week through Easter Sunday, April 8.
“Love Wins” will be the sermon by the Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at the nondenominational Easter sunrise service 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The service, hosted by the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis, will include an invocation by Rev. Dee deMontmollin of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, and a welcome by Kiwanis president Claudette Welch. Music will provided by Susan Kruse and Drew Thomas. The Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Church and the Rev. Gary Batey, Roser Memorial Community Church, will provide scripture readings.
A benediction will be given by the Rev. Michael Mullen of St. Bernard Catholic Church. All Anna Maria Island churches participate in the 48th annual service.
Another Easter sunrise service will be celebrated by Longboat Island Chapel. The Rev. Charlie Shook will give the sermon, “The Three Days of Easter,” at 7 a.m. at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Other Easter observances include:
St. Bernard Catholic Church
Services are planned through Holy Week at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7 p.m., followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 5.
The Passion and Veneration of the Cross will begin at 3 p.m. Good Friday, April 6.
The Blessing of Easter Food is at 10 a.m., and an Easter Vigil will start at 8:30 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 7.
Easter Sunday mass will celebrated at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
Holy Week at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, continues with Stations at the Cross 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3-4.
The Holy Eucharist and Healing will be held at 9:30 a.m.; Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar at 6 p.m.; and Vigil Watch following in the church’s memorial garden Maundy Thursday, April 5.
The church focuses on Jesus’ Seven Last Words, beginning at noon Good Friday, April 6.
On Easter Sunday, April 8, celebrations begin with a Rite I service at 7:30 a.m., followed by 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Rite II Festival Eucharist services, accompanied by choir and organ.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services are added to the regular services during Easter week at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A Maundy Thursday service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5.
Two Good Friday services are offered, at noon and 7 p.m., Friday, April 6.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
“Becoming Radically Unshakable in Uncertain Times” will be the topic for the 7 p.m. Good Friday service, April 6, at 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
A 9 a.m. contemporary service and 10:15 a.m. traditional service will be held Easter Sunday, April 8.
For more information, call 941-778-0719.
Harvey Memorial Community Church
Easter services at Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8.
For more information call 941-79-1912.
Roser Memorial Community Church
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will hold Easter services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 8. For more information, call 941-778-0414.
Longboat Island Chapel
The Longboat Island Chapel will celebrate Easter with a 7 a.m. sunrise service at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, and a 10 a.m. service at the church, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt.
A Maundy Thursday supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 5.
All services, with the exception of the sunrise service, are held at the Longboat Island Chapel,
For more information, call 941-383-6491.
Christ Church of Longboat Key
“The Fellow in the Bright Nightgown,” will be the Easter sermon given by the Rev. Bruce W. Porter at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., April 8, at the Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Christ Church will hold a Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the church.
For more information, call 941-383-8833.