The public is invited to attend the Tenebrae Service at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church on Good Friday at 7 p.m. March 29.
This Easter presentation by the Cantata Choir is titled "Jesus Light of the World" and was created by John Coates and Tom Lawson. This worship service, called tenebrae from Latin for darkness, is a time of quiet reflection.
Jesus, the light of the world, was scorned, rejected, scourged and crucified. And so, the service is marked by the use of many candles, which are gradually extinguished as the story of His coming and His cross is retold.
As the music is sung, the story is told by two narrators, the Rev. Ron McCauley and Jennifer Ammons, and a prophecy voice, Craig Presar. Soloists include Abbie Brake, Kelley Cunningham, Roy Law and Michael Livesay.
Instrumentalists are Sharon Walton, Jill Harman and Dianne Williams. The Cantata Choir is directed by Pam Walling.
This Tenebrae Service will be dramatic as the light moves to darkness at the end of the service. Our prayer is that this candlelight service of music, narration and scripture will depict the story we know so well of a babe in a manger and a man on a cross. This moving worship experience is designed to remind us that Easter is a season of hope.
This week, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church also will host a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, a 7 a.m. Easter sunrise service on March 31 and 10:30 a.m. Easter worship service on March 31.