Centre First Baptist celebration of Easter includes 4 services
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.