Bible Class Takes on Old Testament Study
Posted April 16, 2015
Resuming on April 15th after the Easter season break, the Wednesday night Bible Study class is set to finish out the spring semester with a new study. The group will examine some of the great stories and characters of the Old Testament. Even if you missed the first class meeting, when the new topics were chosen, you'll be just in time to join the group next week as the new study gets underway.
"So, who's your favorite?" asks Pastor Terry Cosby. "Abraham? Moses? Joseph? David? Daniel? Elijah? Do you like the stories from the Kings, the desert? the battle? the palace? or the lion's den? Maybe you just like to read the hand-writing on the wall."
Cosby poses these questions as he encourages participation in the study that will run for the next 4-5 weeks. "Why do we still like these stories? Are they timeless or timely? Do you feel a connection to them? Why?"
During the first class meeting, these questions were discussed and the direction of the following weeks was determined. So come to the Chapel at 7 PM on Wednesday evenings for a fascinating ride into the mysterious antiquities of the Bible.
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Easter Week Services Draw Crowds
Posted April 16, 2015
Topping off the 2015 Easter Week, Easter Sunday drew an overflow crowd for White Bluff Chapel’s worship services. Well over 300 people attended the 9:30 service, with several participating from the Fellowship Hall, where they watched the service on the TV screen. The special floral-wrapped cross rose majestically over a sea of Easter lilies to set a joyful tone for celebrating Christ’s resurrection. The choir culminated the service with a special arrangement of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
With the early morning hours being cool and rainy, it was a smaller than usual group that turned out to brave the elements for the sunrise service. They showed up to find an inspiring site where they sat facing a hillside above the White Bluff marina, looking toward the east where the sun rose over a well-placed cross and gravestone.
These two joyful Easter morning services followed the Maundy Thursday Communion Service in memory of the Lord’s Last Supper and the widely-proclaimed powerful while solemn Tenebrae Service on Good Friday evening. The service of Tenebrae, the title of which is Latin for “shadows” or “darkness,” provides an extended meditation on the cross of Christ. This is a solemn opportunity to reflect on the passion and suffering of Jesus through scripture, music and the successive extinguishing of lights. John Upchurch and Mildred Jackson each provided special music selections for the service, and Tom Reedy led the congregation in hymns.
Chapel members who contributed interpretive readings for Tenebrae included Glenda Bettina, Linda McClary, Bob Buckner and George Feather, Harry Seurkamp, and Madeleine Lively. Following their reading, each presenter extinguished a candle symbolizing one of the sins of Pride, Self, Greed, Materialism/Consumerism, Position/Power, and Control. Several of the readings were authored by Pastor Terry Cosby, who also delivered the homily, “The Day Death Died.” After extinguishing the Christ candle, Cosby led the congregation in their departure in silence and darkness.
Other contributions to Holy Week included a series of five devotionals, released one per day and authored by WBC’s worship principals Terry Cosby, Betty Newman and Tom Reedy. The annual children’s Easter celebration was held on Saturday morning and included an Easter egg hunt, games and Bible stories.
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