MC observes Easter with annual Sunrise Service

March 30, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Maryville College’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:45 a.m., April 8, on Lloyd Beach. The Rev. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, will deliver the sermon titled “Right Place, Right Time.”

Scripture for the sermon will be the Easter story, as told in 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.

Brass musicians will lead the music during the worship service, which is open to community members.

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.

“In a culture when many people want to turn off the alarm clock and sleep late on a Sunday morning, there is something wondrous about rising before dawn to watch the sun come up over the mountains, and to hear again the story of Jesus’ first followers, who went to his tomb in the dark and discovered that he is not dead, but is risen,” the campus minister said. “As we gather on our own hillside with people from many different churches, the power of the Easter message is ours again.”

All are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and conversation on the steps of Willard House following the service.

In the event of rain, both the service and the breakfast will be held in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM).

For more information on the College’s Easter Sunrise Service, please contact McKee at 865.981.8298 or anne.mckee@maryvillecollege.edu.


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.