Community invited to special worship service

J. H. Osborne • Sep 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM

KINGSPORT — As modern Kingsport celebrates its 100th birthday this year, so, too, do many of its businesses and institutions.

And one of the most iconic features of The Model City — a geographic landmark, traffic hub, and heart of the community — is Church Circle and the churches around it and nearby.

Six of them also have marked 100 years. And on Sunday (Sept. 10) at 6 p.m., they invite the community to join their congregations in an outdoor ecumenical service to celebrate their centennials.

”The “Faith of Our Founders Worship Service,” with the tagline “Celebrating the Past With Eyes Toward the Future,” will take place rain or shine, Cindy Lemons said Friday.

Lemons, a member of the Centennial Commission, said the event grew out of one of many discussions within that group.

“Faith has been such an important part of the city’s history and for our community,” Lemons said. “With several of the Church Circle churches hitting the 100-year mark, both directly on the circle and others located nearby, bringing everyone together for an ecumenical event to celebrate on the circle itself just seemed like a natural fit for this year of celebrations. But it isn’t just for these churches or any particular denomination. The event is open to everyone and we’re really hoping for a big turnout.”

In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved inside First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Lemons said.

Otherwise, it will be held outside. Those leading the service — including ministerial staff from at least five of the six churches — will be on a temporary stage at “the top” of the circle.

Those attending the service are advised to bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

Lemons said in keeping with the sub-theme of “Celebrating the Past With Eyes Toward the Future,” the service is envisioned as beginning with traditional hymns and progressing to more contemporary selections by its close.

In addition to FBSUMC, the other churches listed in promotional materials for the event are: First Baptist Church; First Christian Church; First Presbyterian Church; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.