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Please join us for these special services and events!
Palm Sunday, March 25 at 10:30 AM
On the streets of Jerusalem 2000 years ago, a crowd erupted with a mixture of expectation and hope and frustration and anger. Tension was in the air as they gathered to celebrate Passover and remember their great deliverance from slavery in Egypt, but looking down from the wall and the towers of the city were the Roman legions, making it quite clear that freedom was once again beyond their reach. A shout telegraphed through the crowd – Hosanna! Originally from the Hebrew word that means “save us,” over time Hosanna became a shout announcing that salvation had come. The crowd tossed their cloaks in the road and waved branches from the trees because they saw hope riding into town on a donkey.
We will enter the story of Palm Sunday through the doorway of “Hosanna” this year, as we explore what it means to wave our own palms and follow the procession toward both hope and risk. We hope you can join us as we enter Holy Week with this special Sunday.
The children will participate in an interactive re-telling of the Holy Week story followed by an Easter egg dying activity.
Maundy Thursday Potluck & Communion
March 29 @ 6:30 PM in the vestry
Please join us for an intergenerational potluck dinner and worship service on Maundy Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 pm. In recent years, this special service has been a very popular opportunity for us to deepen our experience of Holy Week, while enjoying table fellowship and a creative worship experience. The service will feature members of our youth groups and is designed to be accessible to all ages.
If your last name begins with A-G, please bring a salad or appetizer, H-R please bring a main dish, and S-Z please bring a dessert. Beverages and rolls will be provided. Sign up in the vestry or contact the church office to make your reservation (firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-653-0971).
Good Friday worship service
7:00 PM on March 30
First Congregational Church Natick will host an Interfaith Seven Last Words Worship and Awareness Service -- a diverse, multi-faith Good Friday service that explores the events of Jesus' last day, and the examples of where his teachings need rearticulation in our present day. The last sayings of Christ from the cross will each be expounded on by seven speakers, which is paired with musical expressions from FCC's Choir and guest psalmist Nedelka Prescod, Artist in Residence at MIT's Chaplain's Office. This service of darkness will end with a silent recession as the congregation nails their Lenten Nails to the cross. If you are interested in reading a scripture, please email Interim Sabbatical Pastor George Oliver or call (413) 885-8191.
Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil
8:00 PM on March 31st ~ dawn on April 1st
It has been our tradition to make the sanctuary available for prayer on the Saturday night before Easter. Those who have participated over the years have experienced the sense of peace and holiness in this time of waiting in the presence of God in the candlelit sanctuary.
You are invited to sign up for 30-minute segments throughout the night in the sanctuary. Normally, two people are at prayer in the sanctuary at a time. Prayer lists and reflection resources are available to help guide your prayer time, if desired.
We are also looking for individuals who could offer an hour or two to help us host the prayer vigil by letting our vigilers in and out throughout the evening, so that no one is ever alone in the building.
You may sign up in the vestry to welcome or to pray or perhaps both! Or if it is easier for you, contact the church office to choose the time that is right for you.
Easter Sunday Family Worship
April 1 at 10:30 AM
What new beginning is God creating this Easter? Join us to discover what signs of God’s unfolding love story with the world you recognize in your life as we gather on Easter morning for a Festival Celebration of the Resurrection. Worship will include special Easter anthems by the Senior Choir and an egg hunt following worship for the kids!
Please support Judy Dixon in “Marathon of Kindness”
FCC Member Judy Dixon is running the Boston Marathon this April in support of SPARK Kindness, Inc., an organization that often partners with community organizations including the Natick Interfaith Clergy Association and the Natick Public Schools to address such community issues as: diversity; welcome and inclusion; bullying/anti-bullying; digital citizenship; self esteem; childhood friendships; stress and anxiety.
- Learn more about Judy and SPARK at her online fundraising page.
- Join her Facebook group – Judy Sparks Kindness: Boston Marathon 2018 to follow her “Marathon of Kindness." Whether or not you donate to her marathon fundraiser, Judy invites adults and families to follow her journey and participate in a variety of kindness-inspired activities in the months leading up to the big race!