Our 40 day journey culminates as we turn toward Jerusalem and to the powerful, somber, mysterious, yet ultimately joy-filled events of Holy Week. Each of the stories we read—from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter—ground us further into the sacred story of the love of God. Join us as we journey together into telling that story anew.

March 24th – Palm Sunday Morning Worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary and via Youtube
Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.- Mark 11:9-11

Come sing “Hosanna,” and wave palms high as we hear the story of Jesus entering into Jerusalem in worship.

Daily Holy Week Meditation at 7:20am in the Sanctuary
The sanctuary will be open for a short 20-minute time of reflection led by the First Church deacons. We will begin promptly at 7:20am and end at 7:40am to accommodate folks who need to commute to an office by 8am. The sanctuary will be open from 7:20am to 10am on Holy Saturday for silent meditation.

March 28th – Maundy Thursday Service with Communion and Tenebrae at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary and via Youtube
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35

We recall the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples “to love one another as I have loved you.” We remember his last meal with his friends by celebrating Holy Communion. And in a candle-lit, darkened sanctuary, we call to mind Jesus’ anguish and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. We depart in silence.

NOTE: This service is likely most suitable for children older than 10.

March 29th – GOOD FRIDAY
Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. —Matthew 27:51-52

Drop Off of Donations to Concord Resource Center
We have been collecting donations as sponsors of the Resource Center in connection with the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness For February and March. If you would like to be a part of dropping off those donations to the Resource center, please be in touch with Pamela, chair of the missions board or Rev. Lexi!

March 31st – EASTER SUNDAY

Easter Sunrise Service, 6:15am on Putney Hill
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.- John 20:1

Join us for a short ecumenical sunrise Easter service on Putney Hill with a short Easter message and communion. Through prayer, reflection, song, bread and cup we will greet the dawn and celebrate the resurrection together. Address: 155 Putney Hill Road, Hopkinton.

Easter Breakfast, 7:00 a.m., directly following sunrise service in the Great Hall
Join us in the Great Hall at church after the sunrise service to warm up and enjoy a community Easter breakfast together!

Easter Morning Worship with Brass Trio, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary and via Youtube
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. -John 20:18

Christ is Risen! We celebrate and rejoice in God’s gift of new life through the resurrection of Jesus, as we proclaim that not even death can separate us from the love of God in Christ. Join us in the sanctuary or online for this Easter Festival worship.