CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An annual tradition as the sun rose this morning took place in uptown Charlotte Sunday morning.

The Easter service was held at Romare Bearden Park.

The citywide service celebrated the holiday at the hour just before dawn when, according to the Bible, women came to Jesus’s tomb and found it empty.

The service purposely combines worshippers from seven of the city’s churches -- both predominantly white and African-American -- to celebrate unity.

“Points to the hope that we have, that this division that we see in our community is not the end," said Rev. Pendleton Peery of First Presbyterian Church. "But that there is hope beyond that.”

St. Luke Missionary Baptist's Chris Lilly said he enjoyed seeing everyone come together to celebrate as one.

"That’s what we want to do, to all come together and celebrate the King," Lilly says.

This is the fourth year the churches have come together for a citywide sunrise service.