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Easter morning services to start at 6:20 a.m. at Shadow Cliffs

Sermon scheduled to end as sun rises on Christians' most holy day

This year's Easter Sunrise Service will be presented at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park by Trinity Baptist Church of Livermore in a dawn celebration of the most important Christian holiday.

The Rev. Jim Meek will portray Peter in a dramatic monologue, "Do you love me?"

Bob Boyd, who is organizing Sunday's event, explained that after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to Peter after he returned to shore from fishing and asked him three times, "Do you love me?"

"I think he chose the subject to emphasize that everybody should love Jesus and that if you do he will call upon you to follow him," Boyd said.

The Shadow Cliffs gates will open at 5:30 a.m., with parking fees waived for the service.

"We'll put up chairs Saturday night," Boyd said. "Group singing will begin at 6:20, then about 6:30 Pastor Jim will, in costume, portray Peter on the beach."

"The park has given us permission to have a little bonfire, and he will be portraying Peter around the bonfire on the beach," Boyd added.

The sun is scheduled to rise at the conclusion of the monologue, he said.

Everyone is invited to attend the Easter Sunrise Service, which will conclude by 7 a.m. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area is located at 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton.

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