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Easter Sunrise, Marco Island, 2013

See smaller Rev. Bruce Fiol, who gave the sermon at the first ceremony, returns for the silver anniversary. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Rev. Bruce Fiol, who gave the sermon at the first ceremony, returns for the silver anniversary. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
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  • Rev. Bruce Fiol, who gave the sermon at the first ceremony, returns for the silver anniversary. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rev. Bruce Fiol, who gave the sermon at the first ceremony, gets a hug from Debbie Servente after the service. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The sun rises behind the stage during the ceremony. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chris Morton, right, and Mike Morton listen to the sermon. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dozens of boats anchored offshore to join the throng on the sand. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mike and Ingrid TerHorst keep warm with their family. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • John Stein conducts the Lely HIgh School Brass. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dozens of boats anchored offshore to join the throng on the sand. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island has been setting its alarm clocks early on Easter morning for a quarter century. Sunday morning, thousands thronged the beach behind the Madeira condominium and the Marriott hotel for the 25th Anniversary Easter Sunrise Service, trooping down Collier Blvd. in the predawn darkness carrying blankets, beach chairs, and still dozing toddlers.
They heard a message of hope and resurrection, mirrored by the sun rising in a beautiful sky behind the stage, with just enough clouds to paint a spectacular display in the east. The principal Easter message, entitled “Would You Believe It?” was delivered by the Rev. Bruce Fiol, who as founding pastor of the Marco Presbyterian Church delivered the sermon on Marco’s first Easter dawn service on the beach, back in 1988.

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