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Churches see spike in Easter attendance

Now that the pandemic is over, many churches across the nation were filled for Easter services on Sunday.

Throngs of Christian worshipers flocked to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit to hear popular gospel singers Kirk Franklin and Le’Andria Johnson minister at a worship service hosted by Triumph Church, where Senior Pastor Rev. Solomon W. Kinloch Jr. delivered a powerful Easter message, the “Christian Post” reported..

“I don’t know who I’m talking to here this morning, but I came to let somebody know that anytime you find a disciple that has soared to tremendous heights, they have always encountered an experience, a season, where they fell down low,” he said.

In states such as Massachusetts, many churches that previously struggled to fill their pews in the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced more robust attendance this Easter. Many had only standing room on Sunday.

“It’s glorious. It’s glorious, I think it’s so nice to have the resurrection of Christ brighten us after all these years of COVID. We’re hopeful to God this is a watershed moment for all of us,” Trinity Church Boston member Austin Ometoruwa said.

The COGA Cathedral in the Bronx also was packed on Easter.

“Today we are going to hear about Jesus Christ as we often do, but more importantly, the resurrection,” Pastor Joseph Famuyide said. “We are beginning our service with a lot of prayers, a lot of dancing and rejoicing because something big happened today. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation.”

Franklin Graham, speaking live to worldwide audience asked viewers, “Have you been trusting in religion to save you?”

There’s only One who’s able to forgive you, rescue you from despair, give you peace, and offer you eternal life, he stated. “Whatever mountain is in front of you, whatever storm you’re facing, I’m here to tell you that Jesus Christ is the answer.”

In his Easter message to the nation on Sunday, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden celebrated with Christians.

“Today, we hold close the Easter message that nothing — not even death — can match the power of faith, hope and love,” he said. “And we remember Jesus’ sacrifice and recommit ourselves to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves, embracing his call to treat one another with compassion.”

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice


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