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Ash Wednesday – February 26, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.:  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 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m..

Maundy Thursday Potluck is canceled. Watch this space for updates on our virtual gathering for this holy night. 

Service of Blues and Tenebrae on Good Friday – April 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.:  What more appropriate music is there to embody Good Friday than the Blues? In this year’s Tenebrae (Latin for “Shadows”) Service, the most somber day of the Christian calendar, we will reflect through Blues songs and sacred readings on Jesus’ journey to the cross, and on the crosses that the vulnerable among us bear today.   This deeply moving service of lessons and moving Blues music, 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 10 at 8:00 PM through 6:00 a.m., Easter Morning – April 12, 2020:  Our Prayer Vigil begins at the conclusion of the Tenebrae service.  We are currently working out how to do this virtually through the night. You are invited to spend an hour praying in our virtual (Zoom) sanctuary, which we hope to have 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 night.  Our tradition is for this to be a solitary or with friends or family experience. Please do not come to the church building. We will vigil from our homes.

Easter Sunrise – April 12 at 6:30 a.m. at our Cemetery and the Shoreline:  Join us as the dawn breaks and we lift up our hearts with music, readings, prayer, and social distancing–celebrating together God’s gifts of new life and wholeness. There are two services again this year. Our traditional “home” service will be led by Deacons at Summer Hill Cemetery.  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.  First Church, Madison, and NMCC will offer a shared service on Long Island Sound at the Madison Beach Hotel, led by Revs. Todd and Sarah Vetter.

Easter Sunday – April 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.:  We hope to be in the sanctuary again, but if we can’t we will have a beautiful opportunity to gather online to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and call to new life. Join us in this service of celebration and the hope of everlasting life. The triumph of the Christian story is celebrated in this Festival of the Resurrection.