Special Services

Children’s Christmas Pageant – December 9, 2018 at 10am:  The Children’s Christmas Pageant is incorporated into the Sunday morning service, re-enacting the story of Jesus’ birth.

Longest Night  – December 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm:  The Longest Night Service is held at the time of the Winter Solstice and recognizes that, in what is generally considered a joyous time of the year, many people experience sadness, melancholy and depression.  It may be due to the cold and loneliness of winter, the memories of a lost loved one, the reflection on life’s challenges or the concern over a friend or family member.  This service provides a safe place to express and attend to that sadness through meditation, readings, music in a quiet candle lit atmosphere at the front of the sanctuary.  The service ends with the offering for anyone to come to light a candle and express out loud or in silence the dedication.

Family Christmas Christmas Eve, 4:00 pm:  This family-friendly service has a focus on Gospel readings about Jesus’ birth, and many traditional Christmas Carols.

Christmas Pageant

Candlelight Communion  – Christmas Eve, 10:00 pm:  This evening service includes readings, Christmas hymns, a sermon message, communion, and concludes with the lighting of candles.

These truly are wonderful worship events that will nurture your soul.

Ash Wednesday – March 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM:  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent with a reflective Ash Wednesday worship service that inspires us to consider the meaning of our lives and call us to recommit to our own personal spiritual growth during the days leading up to Holy Week and Easter.

Palm Sunday – April 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM:  This service celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. We begin with our children leading us in a procession waving palms, followed by an inspirational choral offering. The choir is pleased to present one of sacred music’s most uplifting choral works: Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor within the worship service accompanied by organ, an ensemble of strings, and harp. Join us for worship, the distribution of palms and the sharing of exquisite music.

Maundy Thursday Fellowship Supper and Service of Remembrance – April 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM:  Join in our family-friendly potluck supper and service of remembrance this Holy Thursday.  We remember the Lord’s Last Supper and His prayers in the garden for guidance and strength.  We will share communion following the meal.

Service of Tenebrae on Good Friday – April 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM:  In this Tenebrae (Latin for “Shadows”) Service, the most somber day of the Christian calendar, we follow Jesus from the prison all the way to the cross.   This deeply moving service of lessons and hymns, accompanied by the encroaching darkness, recalls the trial and death of Jesus.  We invite you to linger and contemplate all that it means for the hope of the world and the transformation of your life.

Prayer Vigil – Good Friday – April 19 at 8:00 PM through 6:00 AM, Easter Morning – April 21, 2019 at 6:00AM:  Our Prayer Vigil begins after the Tenebrae service.  You are invited to spend an hour praying in our sanctuary, which is open all weekend until early Easter Sunday.  To ensure continuous coverage throughout the Vigil, we encourage you to sign up for a specific time to experience the quiet peace of the sanctuary.  Our tradition is for this to be a solitary or with friends or family experience. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that if you did not sign up, you sit in the back pews to allow the person sitting who reserved the slot the quiet space they expect in the front of the sanctuary.  Someone will be in the church office during the night hours.

Easter Sunrise – April 21, 2019 at 6:30 AM:  NMCC and First Congregational Church of Madison are celebrating Easter together as the sun rises over West Wharf Beach (behind the Madison Beach Hotel).  Join us as the dawn breaks and we lift up our hearts with music, readings and prayer, celebrating together God’s gifts of new life and wholeness.  Worship will be jointly led by Rev. Sarah Vetter, NMCC and Rev. Todd Vetter, FCC.

For those of you who wish to continue in our traditional worship at Summer Hill Cemetery, a service led by Melissa Blundon will also take place there at 6:30 am.  All can experience the quiet beauty nature offers, while celebrating the Resurrection of Christ with music, readings and prayer.   The cemetery is located less than a mile from NMCC on the right on Route 80, east of the 79/80 Circle, just before Summer Hill Road.

Easter Sunday – April 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM:  Join us in this communion service of celebration and the hope of everlasting life. The triumph of the Christian story is celebrated in this Festival of the Resurrection, characterized by a sanctuary filled with beautiful flowers, joyous music, inspired scripture and a special message to give God thanks for showering us with blessings.

Baptism Renewal  – TBD:  During our worship service, we will highlight Jesus’ baptism (which inaugurated his public ministry) and will invite all of us to renew our baptisms. If you have not been baptized, and would like to be, this is a wonderful opportunity to receive that sacrament.

Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving – TBD: A special worship service, a day in which the church remembers those faithful people who have gone into eternity and live now with God. We remember your loved ones in a special way, and prayers of thanksgiving to God will be offered.