Although I'm not longer in vocational ministry, my Facebook feed is still full of updates from those in ministry.
As such, I saw a lot of posts about Easter services, particularly during a picturesque sunrise.
But I'm wondering about the problems this annual tradition can cause...
For, a lot of churches want to do a Easter Sunday sunrise service - which they don't necessarily widely advertise the location of - and there's only a finite amount of east-facing lookouts.
What do you do, especially if you're a new church or this dawn-break service is a new initiative, if your location is already occupied?
Worse still, what do you do - having advertised your service - and you're the second congregation which arrives?
Do you politely ask random people to move on?
Do you combine with another congregation?
Does the newer congregation move aside for the more established service?
Do you scope out the spot the year prior?
Do you mark the location as yours like a New-Year's-Eve-fireworks spot, arriving hours previously?
I can imagine the anxiety a minister of a fledgling church would have pre-dawn whenever someone else approached their lookout, wondering if they'll need to fight for their slice of the Easter Sunday turf.