First Presbyterian Church to host Tenebrae service, other Holy Week events

Holly Viers • Mar 23, 2018 at 8:30 PM

KINGSPORT — First Presbyterian Church will be hosting several events as part of Holy Week, including a special Maundy Thursday service unlike many others in the region.

Maundy Thursday service

Mark Davis, director of music ministries, said the church will observe Maundy Thursday with a dramatic Tenebrae service. This will include seven different readings leading from the Last Supper to the cross, and after each reading, one of seven lit candles will be extinguished until no candles are lit.

One of the biggest parts of the service this year is the Faure Requiem, which will be performed by the choir and chamber orchestra. Davis said the Requiem, which was composed by Gabriel Faure, is broken down into seven movements to correspond with the seven different readings.

The church choir, which is comprised of 25 members, will be joined by 15 more singers that Davis has trained. Soloists will include Tim Landis, Isaiah Hutton and Agnese Goin, and Cheryl Patterson will be the organist.

“This worship experience is about participating in the drama of Jesus’ passion,” Davis said. “In the same way that we will share the bread and cup, becoming one body in Christ, the choir, in all our individual diversity, male and female, is seeking to become one in the voice of Christ.”

The service will begin at 7 p.m. on March 29 and will last about an hour, Davis said. A nursery will be provided.

Other Holy Week events

• March 25: The church will host a Palm Sunday service, followed by an Easter egg hunt at noon. Children will hunt for eggs, hear the Easter story and enjoy lunch together. All ages are invited to the lunch. Call the church office at (423) 245-0104 if you plan to attend.

• March 26, 27 and 28: From noon to 6 p.m., “prayer stations” will be laid throughout the church to allow you to journey at your own pace from the garden of Gethsemane to the cross. Enter the church through the breezeway door.

• March 30: The church will hold its Good Friday service at 7 p.m. At the end of the service, guests will be encouraged to come to the cross and hammer in a nail symbolizing their sins that Jesus carried to the cross.

• April 1: Easter Sunday will be celebrated with a sunrise service outside next to the Easter cross at 8:45 a.m. An Easter brunch will follow at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Center. The Celebration of the Resurrection service will begin at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.