Cen­tre First Bap­tist cel­e­bra­tion of Easter in­cludes 4 ser­vices

Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Cen­tre First Bap­tist Church is com­mem­o­rat­ing the Easter Sea­son with four spe­cial wor­ship ser­vices.

On the Thurs­day night be­fore Easter, Thurs­day, April 13, (of­ten re­ferred to as Maundy Thurs­day), the church of­fers a Ser­vice of Shad­ows at 6 p.m. It starts out with the church in can­dle­light. A hymn is sung, then a reader goes, reads his or her as­signed selec­tion, and then ex­tin­guishes one of the can­dles. This pat­tern con­tin­ues un­til only the Christ can­dle re­mains. Then some­one reads the first part of Psalm 22, which Je­sus quoted from the cross. Then the Christ can­dle is snuffed out, leav­ing the con­gre­ga­tion in near to­tal dark­ness. At this point, the ser­vice ends. There is no bene­dic­tion and the peo­ple leave in si­lence. (The lights are turned up but re­main dim so that peo­ple can see their way out.)

“The pur­pose of the ser­vice is to recre­ate the be­trayal, aban­don­ment, and agony of the cru­ci­fix­ion events, and it is left un­fin­ished, be­cause the story isn’t over un­til Easter Sun­day,” said the Rev. Gary Hardin, as­so­ciate pas­tor, Cen­tre First Bap­tist Church.

On Satur­day, April 15, First Bap­tist will of­fer a Satur­day Night Easter Cel­e­bra­tion at 6 p.m. This ser­vice fea­tures the church’s praise band, and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for non-con­ven­tional and reg­u­lar church- go­ers. Peo­ple can do their typ­i­cal Satur­day chores, then come to church on Satur­day night.

On Easter Sun­day morn­ing, two wor­ship ser­vices are sched­uled as usual. The 8:30 a.m. ser­vice is a con­tem­po­rary ser­vice fea­tur­ing praise and wor­ship songs and the church’s praise band. The 11 a.m. ser­vice is a more tra­di­tional ser­vice fea­tur­ing great hymns of the faith and the church’s adult choir.

The con­gre­ga­tion of Cen­tre First Bap­tist Church in­vites ev­ery­one to at­tend all ser­vices.

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