Four Tarpon Springs churches will join for a community Holy Week Celebration Sunday through Wednesday at First Assembly of God Church, 550 E Tarpon Ave. The guest speaker is Rich Piscopo, a former assistant evangelist of Billy Graham. He is joined by his wife, Ruth, originally from Shanghai, China. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. Services are at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Steve Archer will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 37511 Church Ave. Archer began his career performing with family members as the Archers. In 1980 they received a Grammy for their musical project, theLord's Prayer, written by Reba Rambo and Dony McGuire. In 1981 they were nominated for their album Spreadin' Like Wildfire. In 1982 Archer embarked on a solo career, and in 1986 his song Safe was voted No. 4 on the year-end chart by Contemporary Christian Music magazine. An offering will be taken.
Roy Pauley will be in concert at the 11 a.m. Palm Sunday service at First Baptist Church of Holiday, 4807 Mile Stretch Drive, next to the post office. Pauley has sung bass for the Statesmen Quartet, often appears with the Weatherfords and is part of the Gaither video family. In gospel music circles he is known for his column, In My Opinion, which appears monthly in Singing News magazine. His wife Amy will accompany him at the piano.
The Centurion, a cantata and drama by Ron and Shelly Hamilton, will be presented at Grace Bible Church, 9403 Scot St., during the 10:50 a.m. Sunday worship service. The drama tells the story of the centurion whom Pilate ordered to crucify Jesus. The centurion eventually comes to have faith in Christ.
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The Rev. Samuel Seaman of Toccoa, Ga., will give his first sermon as new pastor of Riverview Alliance Church at the 10:45 a.m. Palm Sunday service. He will be joined by his wife, Virginia, and daughter, Holly, 15, and sons Nathanael, 14, and Andrew, 7. The church is at 5948 Georgia Ave.
The choirs of Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road, will present the Easter musical, The Living Christ, at the 8:25 and 10:55 a.m. Palm Sunday services. The musical tells the story of Jesus' life as recalled by Cleopas and Zebedee as they walk the road to Emmaus.
Christian Edition, a 28-voice men's chorus, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6424 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. The California-based group began in 1981 as the Eagle Rock Men's Chorus when 16 men sang for their pastor as a birthday present. They changed their name in 1984 and are now featured regularly on the Voice of Prophesy radio broadcast. They have produced four albums and they are directed by Calvin Knipschild.
The 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae service will recall the last days of Jesus' ministry. Tenebrae means darkness and the gradual extinguishing of the light is symbolic of the flight of the disciples, the approach of the dark hate of Jesus' enemies and the passion of Christ. A moment of total darkness will recall the days Christ was in the tomb and relighting of the central candle is the prophesy of Easter soon to dawn.
The Paschal Triduum is the three-day period where the church celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus. It begins with the mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday. The mass will be followed by Adoration of the Eucharist until 11 p.m.
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