Bill Lee’s gubernatorial inauguration Saturday will include some leading Contemporary Christian musicians, including his old friend Michael W. Smith.
The 2019 Inaugural Worship Service will feature Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Matthew West and others, the governor-elect’s team said on his transition website.
The service will be held at Ryman Auditorium Saturday at 8:30 a.m. CST. Tickets for the worship service are required and free to the public here based on seating availability. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and be seated for the start of the worship service.
Smith, who has won more than 45 Dove awards and three Grammy awards, said in a statement, “Bill and I have been friends for decades. His dedication to his Creator, his family, our community and now our state is unmatched. Starting the day of his inauguration in prayer and worship is a sincere and honest reflection of the type people Bill and Maria are. They will be outstanding servant-leaders for the great State of Tennessee.”
Following the worship service, Lee will take the oath of office to become the 50th Tennessee governor at a ceremony convening on Legislative Plaza at 11 a.m. CST. The oath will be administered by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins. The event is a joint convention of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly.
The Tennessee Star previously listed the events for the weekend-long celebration, which are listed here. The festivities will start at 8 p.m. CST Friday with “Boots on Broadway: Music & More” at Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville.
Tickets are required for some events and may be purchased from a page here that lists the events. Some events do not require tickets but organizers suggest an RSVP for them.
The First Couple’s Inaugural Dinner and Ball will be at 6:30 p.m. CST Saturday at Music City Center. Tickets are $250 per person for the business-attire event.
Festivities continue through Sunday with an open house at the Tennessee Residence from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST.
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