MC observes Easter with annual Sunrise Service

March 22, 2002

Maryville College's annual Easter Sunrise Service will be held on Lloyd Beach March 31 at 6:30 a.m. The Rev. Anne D. McKee, Maryville College Campus Minister, will deliver the sermon entitled "Real-Time Resurrection."

"The Gospels tell us that early on Sunday morning, Jesus' disciples rose at dawn to visit His tomb," McKee said. "Instead of death, they found Him alive, and received the gift of new life, as well. As His followers, we rise early on Easter morning as they did, to tell the news of resurrection, and to worship Him."

During the service, keyboard accompaniment will be provided by MC student Marissa McInnis.

Lloyd Beach is located on the southeastern end of the campus (behind the Margaret Bell Lloyd Residence Hall) 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."

Following the service, coffee and pastries will be served in Willard House.

(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 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 its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester was 1,168.