Events & Calendar

Apr 16 Wed
Moms In Prayer
9:30 am – 10:30 am

(Prayer for Children and Grandchildren)

Starting Wednesday, January 8th

Location:  10 College Street

Contact: bdhj1@charter.net  or 770-254-8579

 

Bread of Life Bible Study
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

“Namesake”                          

By Jessica LaGrone 

Teacher: Joy Noe
Cost: Cost of Book: $12.00; also available in

Kindle
Location: The Warehouse Mill
Please bring sack lunch
Contact: wnoe@att.net or 770-304-2804

Lenten Service
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The thirty-minute Lenten service will begin at 12:00 PM with a meal immediately following each service; the cost of the meal is $5.

Date         Host Church                      Speaker

March 5      First Baptist Newnan               Harry Barrow

March 12     St. George Catholic                  Jimmy Patterson

March 19     Central Baptist                           Allan Sandlin

March 26     St. Paul’s Episcopal                  Henry Atem

April 2        Newnan Presbyterian               Stuart Greene

April 9        First United Methodist            Rick Price

April 16      Cornerstone Methodist          Joel Richardson

Wednesday Night Supper
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Sign up weekly or make a permanent reservation by email gbrewer@fbcnewnan.org.

Prayer Meeting
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr 17 Thu
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
6:00 am – 7:00 am
Apr 18 Fri
Tenebrae Service
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A SERVICE OF COMMUNION AND SHADOWS OF THE CROSS

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FEATURING SANCTUARY CHOIR, SR. HIGH CHOIR, REVELATION CHOIR,

HANDBELLS, FBC ORCHESTRA, SOLOS

AND CONGREGATIONAL SCRIPTURE READING AND SINGING

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.

Copyright 1995-2004 by the Rev. Kenneth W. Collins. All rights reserved. Reprinted by Permission

Apr 19 Sat
Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Apr 20 Sun
Worship Service
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Bible Study
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Preschool and Children’s Sunday School
9:40 am – 10:40 am
Worship Service
10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Sr. High Handbell Rehearsal
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SR High Choir Rehearsal
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Apr 21 Mon
WMU
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Room 216C

Contact Sue Martin for more

information at 770-254-2497