KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The heavens opened up and the rain came pouring down. Too much rain, in fact, for the annual Easter Sunrise Service at Appalachian Power Park.
"This is a wonderful way for us to celebrate, it's early in the morning and it's a great way for all kinds of churches to come together -- casual, dressed up, whatever that might be -- and share the Good News and share God's grace," said Rev. Janet Harman of St. Marks UMC.
So on Sunday morning, the congregation gathered at St. Marks UMC in Charleston.
But this wasn’t just another ordinary Sunday, six reverends representing three denominations oversaw the special service that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
"What a day of rejoicing when Jesus rose after His death and shared wonderful grace and Good News with the people," said Harman.
"It's beautiful when it's nice outside even if it's a little brisk with the sun coming up but I'm glad we're dry," said parishioner Martha Hill, who has been attending the Easter Sunrise service for more than 20 years.
"It's beginning, it's hope, it's like spring is here," said Hill.
But while some were disappointed that the worship had to head indoors, the ultimate message of the day wasn’t lost.
"Celebrating the resurrection of our Lord," said Hill.