MC observes Easter 2017 with annual sunrise service

MC observes Easter 2017 with annual sunrise service

April 5, 2017

Maryville College’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held on Sun., April 16, 2017 at 6:45 a.m. on Lloyd Beach.

The Rev. Dr. Anne D. McKee, campus minister, will deliver the sermon, titled “From Darkness to Light.”

Scripture for the sermon will be Matthew 28: 1-15. Student 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.

“Easter moves us from the darkness of the tomb to the light of the garden,” McKee said. “In scripture, it’s not a gentle dawning, but rather being startled awake by a bright light. No wonder everyone in the gospel is afraid and disoriented, and even the Earth shakes. We will experience a gentle sunrise at Maryville College and celebrate together the startling news of resurrection.”

All are invited to enjoy coffee, pastries and conversation on the porch 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 about the College’s Easter Sunrise Service, please contact the Center for Campus Ministry at 865.981.8299.


Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”