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Sunday Morning Times – – April 13th 2014
Ministry and Learning Opportunities at First Baptist Church

Looking Ahead

Today, April 13             10:00 a.m. Worship – Palm Sunday
                                           11:00 a.m. Fellowship   in the Fellowship Hall
11:15 a.m. Sunday School for Children in Room 9
11:15 a.m. Sermon Talk Back for adults and youth
Monday, April 14        10:00 a.m. Bulletin Deadline for announcements
Tuesday, April 15        11:00 a.m. 30 Minute Prayer Walk
Weds., April 16            7:00 p.m. Choir Practice
Thursday, April 17      11:00 a.m. 30 Minute Prayer Walk – Maundy Thursday
                                           7:00 p.m. Lord’s Supper & Tenebrae Service*
Saturday, April 19       10:00 a.m. – noon Easter Egg Story and Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 20          10:00 a.m. Easter Worship Service
Saturday, April 26       8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Free Community Breakfast


Tuesday Bible Study
We will continue with the Tuesday night Bible study at 7:00 p.m.,with Rebecca Taylor teaching from the book of Hebrews through April 29 except we will cancel study on April 15 but will have the Prayer Walk at 11:00 a.m. as usual that morning.

Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
We look forward to telling the Easter story to children in our community.  It will be a time to introduce the story to children ages 3 through grade 2.  Crafts, games and snacks will be provided.  Children will gather eggs and then each child will go home with a treat bag that includes the Easter story.  We do need your help to provide cupcakes for snacks, and wrapped Easter candy to put into each treat bag.  Most of all we need lots of helping hands to work with children during crafts, games and snacks.


Thank You
I want to thank you so very much for the delightful cards, phone calls, delicious food we enjoyed and especially for your prayers while I recovered from my injury.  I look forward to being able to worship with you every Sunday once again.  Thank you – Shirley Peterson.

April Newsletter
If you did not receive a copy of the April Newsletter, extras are available on the credenza in the hallway. 

“The Seven Last Words of Christ” Concert will be performed today, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Granville, 110 West Broadway.  This is a Community Choral Event.


Good Friday Service will be held April 18 at 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Newark.  Known by its Latin name as the Tre Ora, it is a service of three hours in length during which sermons are given on the seven statements that Jesus makes from the cross. Worshipers can come and go during the course of the service.


Coalition of Care Hawaiian Hog Roast & Auction
The Hawaiian Hog Roast & Auction will be held at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 3rd, to benefit the Coalition of Care.  Silent Auction at 4:30 p.m., Dinner at 5:00 and Live Auction at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15.00, call Christ Lutheran at 740-522-4505.  They are looking for Auction items, if you can help contact Barb Markham at 334-1625.

*What is a Tenebrae Service?

The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story, so this is not supposed to be a happy service, because the occasion is not happy. If your expectation of Christian worship is that it should always be happy and exhilarating, you won’t appreciate this service until the second time you attend it.

The service was originally designed for Good Friday, but it can be used for Maundy Thursday as well. Both services have long scripture narratives, which for this service are divided into seven, eight, or nine parts, each one assigned to a different reader.

The service may include other parts, such as solemn hymns, a sermon, and Communion, but the core of the Tenebrae service works like this: It starts out with the church in candlelight. There are as many candles as there are readings, plus a white Christ candle. The readers go up one at a time, read their assigned selections, and extinguish one of the candles, until only the Christ candle remains. Then someone reads the first part of Psalm 22, which Jesus quoted on the cross. Then the Christ candle is put out, leaving the congregation in near total darkness—and near total devastation. 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 events, and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day.

The first time I went to a Tenebrae service, I thought it was awful, because I didn’t understand it. But I went a second time and now it is my favorite service in the year! After I became a pastor, I had one at my church. It was the first time they experienced a Tenebrae service, so I prepared them for it. Everyone who attended said it was the most moving service they had ever been to.

If you see only the happy ending of a movie, everyone who saw it from the start is elated, but you go away saying, “So they were all hugging each other? So what?” But if you see the beginning and the middle part, with all the suspense and grief, you understand what the characters overcame, and the happy ending is all the happier. So to me, attending the Easter service without attending the Holy Week services is like watching the happy ending of the movie without seeing the middle—you only rob yourself of joy.

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