A parking deck might not be the first place Atlanta Christians think of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. And yet, at 7 a.m. on Easter, some 250 followers, accompanied by a choir and brass quartet, will gather on the parking deck adjacent to North Avenue Presbyterian Church on Peachtree Street and give praise. This “urban sunrise Easter service,” as it is billed, began five years ago and is a marked contrast to the one that has been taking place for seven decades 16 miles east at the summit of Stone Mountain. The question is: Can you find God as easily on a parking deck as a mountaintop? “The bigger question is, ‘Can you find the Lord in the city?” asked The Rev. Scott Weimer, senior pastor of North Avenue Presbyterian Church. “We sure hope so. We want to connect people with the grace of God wherever they are — and where we are called to be.” For more on the urban sunrise service, go to napc.org.
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