Public invited to Easter Sunrise Service at Maryville College

April 4, 2003

Written by: Katherine Frazor, Public Relations Intern

The public is invited to join the Maryville College community April 20 for an Easter celebration that will begin at 6:30 a.m. on the campus.

A sunrise service will be held on the lawn adjacent Crawford House on the College grounds. Campus Minister the Rev. Anne D. McKee will be delivering the message entitled “Fear, Amazement and Joy.” It is based on the resurrection story as told in Mark 16:1-8.

“An early morning service outside is a common practice,” said McKee. “It is to remember that it was at dawn on the first day of the week that the women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body and discovered that He was alive.”

Maryville College students and staff will play instruments during the service. Special guests expected thus far are Dwight Dockery, a sophomore and music education major, as well as Vice President and Dean of Students Dr. Bill Seymour.

The service is casual, and attendees who are not able to stand during the service are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. In case of rain, the service will be held in the Center for Campus Ministry (CCM).

“ Easter is the center point of the Christian faith; [it is] when we experience again Christ’s victory over death and God’s promise to vanquish all forms of death and suffering in the world,” said McKee. “It is a time of high joy and new life.”

A breakfast of coffee and rolls, which will be served in the CCM, will immediately follow the service.


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 2013 semester is 1,168.