April 14 – Palms and Passion

Only a few days separated when the crowds cheered and sang loudly and joyously as Jesus rode into Jerusalem until the religious and civic leaders had him hung on a cross to die. Our Palm/Passion Sunday compresses that emotional roller coaster into a few minutes through a parade and impressive music.

Palm branches ready to waive

Come and join the parade, waving palm branches and singing joyously: “Hosanna!” “God save us!” as we proclaim that the stone that the builders rejected has indeed become the cornerstone for our lives.

Selections from Luke’s telling of the events of that week will summarize how they arrested, quickly tried Jesus, and executed him.

Flute, violin and double bass. Image by horndesign on Pixabay.

But the cross is not the end of this story for it leads from darkness to light. .

Professional instrumentalists and vocalists, supplemented with a few members from our chancel choir, will perform John Rutter’s Requiem to tell this part of Christ’s Passion. Although it starts solemnly asking for rest eternal and for light to shine perpetually upon the dead, it ends celebrating that light.


Mr Kavanaugh Gillespie is the Voice Specialist at the Patel Conservatory where he directs 7 choirs and is a frequent music director for conservatory theater productions. He has prepared choirs for Andrea Bocelli, The Texas Tenors, Opera Tampa, and others and is proud to conduct the Chancel Choir at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.

The Chamber Orchestra

  • Emily Febo, Flute—Emily is in her second year at the University of South Florida, studying music performance under Dr. Francesca Arnone. She is principal flutist for the USF Wind Ensemble and is working on an apprenticeship in instrument repair.
  • Dr. Lauren Murray, Oboe— Lauren is the co-founder of the duo “Harmonie del Sur,” along with trumpeter Robert Murray, which has performed around the world and birthed over a dozen new compositions for oboe and trumpet. She has served on numerous teaching faculties of prestigious colleges and universities and is currently the Music Chair at the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center.
  • Seth Lynn, Harp—
  • Michael Amos, Cello—
  • Janice Owen, Organ—

The Chamber Choir

  • Olivia Shaw, Soprano Soloist— Olivia is a senior musical theater major at Blake High School in Tampa. She has been studying voice for 8 years and will be attending the University of Florida in the fall.
  • Ashley Stanton, First Soprano Lead— Ashley is a long-time musician and music educator. She has performed in various places including Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.
  • Ashley Gillespie, Second Soprano Lead— Ashley is a graduate of the University of South Florida and is the music teacher at West Tampa Elementary, where she directs choirs and handbells. She has performed with numerous renowned performers and conductors, including Andrea Bocelli, Kristen Chenoweth, Anton Coppola, and Placido Domingo.
  • Kari Hamada, Alto Lead—
  • Ricky Marenda, Tenor Lead— Ricky received his BA in Music from the University of South Florida and his MM in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Melon University. He currently performs full-time at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
  • Peter Belk, First Bass Lead—
  • George Gillespie, Second Bass Lead— George has experience singing choral music in church choirs and community-based choruses for over 50 years.  Currently, George is an active member of the adult choir at First Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach where he is a frequent soloist.  George also sings with Symphonicity in Virginia Beach where he has been Chorus Manager for the 120-voice chorus.

The Chancel Choir

Sopranos: Chelsea Konrad, Susan McNaught, Anne Miller. Altos: Gloria Kares, Arlene McGonigle, Lori Shaw. Tenor: David Merenes. Basses: Mitchel Broadwater, Rick Chatfield, Robert Shaw

Barbecue Luncheon

Our Fellowship Committee will have their grill loaded with hotdogs, hamburgers, and veggieburgers plus a buffet with various side dishes for a congregational dinner in the south garden following worship.

Our Faith Links Committee will have child friendly games.

No Ticket needed

An offering will be collected during the worship service.
Contributions will be requested during the meal.

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Come and experience the emotional journey from Jesus’ triumphant parade to his tomb at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 14th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor