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What is a Tenebrae service?



The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus’ burial.

This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound symbolizing the closing of Jesus’ tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.



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Party in the Dark ~ Sept. 14th at 6:00 pm




When you spend one hour in the dark, you will bring light to families who live in complete darkness every night.  On September 14th at 6:00 pm, Pender will be making solar powered lights to take to the border villages that have no electricity in Thailand as part of the Thailand Short-Term Mission Team.

Please bring your family and come out to help assemble the lights.  We will start the evening with an Asian-themed pot luck dinner.  Every family should bring food to share and then we will assemble the light kits.

Donations to defray the costs of the light kits can be placed in the jar in the Narthex or placed in the offering with a note for “Party in the Dark”.

Questions contact:  Laura and David Shuping by clicking here.

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Get Involved!, Missions, Pender UMC


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