Central Baptist Holds Tenebrae Service

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Service begins at dusk

Tenebrae is Latin for "darkness" or "shadows." The service begins at dusk. Upon entering the sanctuary, lights are dimmed; candles are burning; readings from the Bible are performed. After each reading, a candle is extinguished until only one is left burning--the Christ candle. A very somber setting, the service symbolizes the dark time that Jesus went through the night before the crucifixion. The congregation will leave the sanctuary in silence and near total darkness.

This service will be the activity for Thursday evening during Resurrection Week--the theme for revival at Central Baptist Church. Dr. Allen Jackson, professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, is the evangelist for the revival. He is joined by Worship Leader Stacy Perkins of Harmony Hill Baptist Church of Lufkin. A parenting seminar is planned for 2:00 on Sunday afternoon, April 17. Open to parents with children of any age, discussions will focus on the challenges that families face in their relationships. Evening services on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday will begin at 6:00 PM. For those who are not able to attend, these services will be broadcast on television Cable Channel 21 and KGAS 104.3 FM. On Good Friday, Central Baptist will host a "Time of Prayer" at 11:30 AM in the sanctuary, followed by a free sack lunch provided to all those who attend. On Saturday, the church will  host a community-wide Easter egg hunt at the Baker-Koonce recreation field at 10:00 AM. Thousands of eggs will be available for children to hunt, plus prizes as well.  Minister of Education Paul Gwinn said, "We're excited about the week and the theme of Resurrection. We are trying to get people involved and trying to reach those that may not have been in church in a while. We want to invite everyone in the community to join us and be a part of this exciting revival."