COLUMBIA — In blue and white choir robes, Don and June Allendorf basked in the sun before their performance in the Missouri United Methodist Church Easter service.
Easter, the day celebrating Jesus Christ's resurrection, is an important day for the Christian community of Columbia. Churches celebrate with music to unite and inspire their congregations.
The choir's 50 voices sang "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," a traditional song about the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after being crucified.
Later in the service, the choir tackled "Worthy is the Lamb," a tough song for most choirs, Don Allendorf said.
Greg Datz, the church's organist, began the service with "Marche Religieuse," a tune that set the mood for the serious yet jubilant celebration.
Kristin Metcalf-Wilson enjoyed any song with the word hallelujah at the Calvary Episcopal Church this Easter.
Songs with the word hallelujah had been put on hold since Lent began to make the word more significant on Easter, she said.
The Calvary Episcopal Church service featured songs from the choir as well as a special brass ensemble.
"It was very refreshing to have the ensemble. The music was lively," Judy Thimesh, a churchgoer, said.