MC observes Easter with annual Sunrise Service

April 2, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
865/981-8209; keni.lanagan@maryvillecollege.edu

Maryville College’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:45 a.m., April 11 on Lloyd Beach. The Rev. Anne McKee, Maryville College campus minister, will deliver the sermon entitled “ God’s Passion for Life.”

Community members are invited to the worship service.

“In a year when we have heard so much about Jesus’ passion in suffering, Easter invites us to remember that God’s real ‘passion’ is for life – life that overcomes all suffering and death,” McKe e said. “ We rise early on Easter Morning, as Jesus’ first disciples did, to discover the miracle of life overcoming death.”

The text will be Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 24:1-12. A group of brass musicians will play for the service.

Lloyd Beach is located behind Lloyd Hall, on the southeastern end of the campus and offers a spectacular view of the sun rising over the Chilhowee Mountains. The service is casual, and attendees who are not able to stand during the service are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

“It is a blessing to worship on Easter morning with a broad community of people from various churches, and in a place where we can imagine the beauty of the garden, looking out over the mountains,” the campus minister added. “We invite everyone to join us.”

A light breakfast will be served following the service on the Willard House porch.

(In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Center for Campus Ministry.)

For more information on the College’s Easter Sunrise Service, contact the Center for Campus Ministry at 865.981.8299.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.