Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

The good news of Easter rejoicing falls on the final day of March this year.  But much happens before the good news of Easter morning can be proclaimed.

The season of Lent continues to offer us a chance to reflect on our lives, to find places for prayer and renewal and service. In worship we will continue to sing God’s praises and meditate on God’s word and be in prayer together for our community and God’s world.

Palm Sunday Service, March 24 in the Sanctuary: Come and wave palm branches as we sing Hosanna to the One who comes in the name of God.

Maundy Thursday Service  March 28 7:30p.m. in the Miller Gathering Hall:  The service will include the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service March 29 7:30p.m. in the Sanctuary: The service will be a time to hear again the story of Jesus’ Passion, leading to his death on a cross.

Easter Sunday, March 31: Easter Sunday Sunrise Service 6:30a.m. summit of East Rock Park:  The Good New of Easter Joy will be proclaimed from the mountaintops and along Whitney Avenue! We will be joined by friends from First and Summerfield United Methodist Church and Hamden Plains United Methodist Church. Co-Pastor Bill Goettler will offer the Easter meditation.

Easter Breakfast 9:30 a.m. in the Owens Community Building:  Strata of all kinds, muffins, bagels, and yogurt and fruit will be set out for a delicious breakfast buffet. Then join friends around tables to delight in the wonder of this day.

Easter Rejoicing Worship 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary:  The service will begin with a musical prelude for strings. Co-Pastor Maria LaSala will be the preacher for the morning, as we hear the good news of Christ’s resurrection. We will sing Easter hymns, and lift prayers of thanksgiving to a God for whom nothing is impossible. The service will end with the singing of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. Let us rejoice that Jesus Christ is Risen Today!


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