Easter morning crosses bloom

Easter Morning Ebenezer TullMany congregations observe the long-known Christian tradition “the flowering of the cross” on Easter morning.

In the rural Grant County community of Tull, Ark., Ebenezer UMC made an indoor floral cross (left), as well as a 10-foot outdoor cross draped in purple for Lent and white for Easter.

Outdoor Cross Ebenezer Tull

For about 10 years, Wynne’s Central and Ellis Chapel UMCs have brought flowers every Easter to decorate their “Old Rugged Cross.” The idea came from church member Lill Wilson, who was murdered in the Central UMC building in 2010. Her husband, Art, built the cross.


Central Wynne Easter crossAfter the service, the congregations leave the cross outside on Easter Day for others to enjoy (right). The congregations in the two-point charge alternate hosting worship on Sundays.

—Information and photos submitted by Albert Marlar and Mary Anne Cruthirds