Suwannee Democrat


April 18, 2014

Places to worship Sunday

Local churches celebrate Easter

Live Oak —

Easter is Sunday and though many churches are holding special services, some are doing even more.

Here is a list of some of the churches in our area are doing.

Covenant First Presbyterian Church of Live Oak

Covenant First Presbyterian Church of Live Oak, 421 White Ave., will present to the community, “A Service of Darkness”, by Dale Wood today (Good Friday, April 18) at 7:30 p.m. William Poplin will direct a choir of 14 voices in seven very moving choral meditations on the last words of Christ.

This “Service of Darkness” commemorates the suffering and death of Christ, and is based on the ancient Tenebrae. Dating from the 8th century, Tenebrae was originally celebrated on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Holy Week. It represented the darkness that fell over the earth as the Son of God was crucified. 

In Christmas services, candles symbolize the coming of Christ, the Light of the World. The use of candlelight in a darkened church on Good Friday dramatically portrays the fading light of the world as Christ was leaving it. Candles are extinguished following each choral meditation, however, one candle will remain indicating that death only seems to triumph over Christ. The community is invited. All who attend will find Easter more glorious than ever. The church can be contacted at 386-362-6094.

Peace Baptist Church Branford

Peach Baptist Church in Branford is having Sunday school at 10 a.m., morning service at 11 a.m. with special music by the adult and children’s choir. Following the service there will be dinner on the grounds. The church is located at 7794 US Highway 27, Branford. The church can be contacted at 386-935-4681.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is having a Good Friday service at noon and two Easter services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The kids will have an Easter egg hunt at noon. St. Luke’s Episcopal is at 391 11th St SW, Live Oak. The church can be contacted at 386-362-1837.

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