Dry Ridge Presbyterian hosts community service

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Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church, 15 Warsaw Avenue, will host a community worship service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5.

Crittenden Christian Church and Dry Ridge Christian Church members will also be a part of this service.

“Because of the strong community support of a Christmas Candlelight Service based on scripture and song, it was decided to have a Tenebrae Service, which includes the passion narrative from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John amid decreasing candlelight,” said Julie Donahue, music director at Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church.

“The gradually decreasing candlelight symbolizes the progressive gloom of the narrative and symbolizes our darkness without Christ.”  Tenebrae is Latin for darkness.

In this service, our understanding of Christ’s sacrifice is deepened as the readings progress toward the cross, she said.

At the conclusion of the readings, only one candle remains.

The Christ Candle is the symbol that Christ is the Light of the World.

Special music evoking the somber events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion will be a part of the service.

Guest performers will be Ken Foltz on saxophone and flute, and Jessica Graff on violin.

“The congregation at Dry Ridge Presbyterian has warmly welcomed me in the past and the services have always been a pleasure to attend,” said Graff. “I am looking forward to participating in the Maundy Thursday service.”

There also will be several special vocal selections, including “Were You There” and “The Old Rugged Cross”.  

The Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church invites the community to participate in the Maundy Thursday service and remain for fellowship and refreshments.

For more information, call (859) 824-5622 or visit www.dryridgepresbyterian.com.  Kathleen Daniels is presently the pastor.