Easter Sunrise Service

Please join us on Sunday, April 21st at 6:00 a.m. for a sunrise service in Riverfront Park

Gather with others in celebration of the resurrection of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! The Christian Clergy Council of Cromwell once again hosts our annual Easter Sunrise service at 6:00 a.m. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Paul Krampitz from Bethany Lutheran Church. Coffee and pastries will be served following the service. Remember, this is the only Easter Sunrise Tailgate celebration that I know of. Don’t miss this special time together. HE IS RISEN – HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Good Friday Service

We hope you’ll join us on Friday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. The theme is, “Father Forgive Them”.

Good Friday is the darkest day in the record of all mankind. God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who came freely to give of His life, knowing that it would cost Him the very thing that He treasured the presence of the Father, was crucified, dead and buried. The scriptures tell us that He became sin on our behalf. Through various narrations, we will try to grasp hold of the truth that Jesus died not of suffocation (the normal way people died when crucified) but by the weight of our sins and the sins of all mankind placed upon Him.

Through the use of scripture reading, poetry, various reflections, and music we will make every attempt to grasp the significance of Jesus’s profound words, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Come join us.

Maundy Thursday Service

Please join us on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. The theme for this service is, “The Night Before”.

Maundy Thursday is the time when we remember that Jesus is spending his last moments with His disciples before He is betrayed, tried, and crucified. The words found in scriptures give us a glimpse of some of the things that Jesus spoke to them not only regarding what was about to happen to Him personally, but also to give them words of encouragement for the future.

Come join with us as we reflect on these words. We will take some time to search our own hearts about how the words that Jesus spoke to His disciples in the upper room apply to us in our everyday life and also what we might say to our loved ones if we knew the end was near and eminent. The life of Christ up to the point of His betrayal and crucifixion is really an example of how we should be living our lives in terms of loving our family, neighbors and even our enemies, how to treat each other with respect, and how to develop a relationship with God that is pleasing to Him.

If you knew that you were going to die the next day; what would you be doing? Who would you talk to? What would you say to them?

Order your Easter flowers

The order form for Easter flowers appears in this month’s newsletters. Please return the form with payment by April 8, 2019. You may make checks payable to First Congregational Church.

Flowers include Easter Lilies, Tulips in red, yellow, lavender, pink, orange or white; Hyacinth in blue or white, Daffodil, Hydrangeas, and Azalea in light or dark pink.

Lenten soup, bread, and devotions

Please join us on Wednesdays in Lent at 6 pm at one of our local churches. Each evening, we will spend a brief time in prayer, conversation, enjoying a bowl of home-made soup and the mutual support of fellowship.

The first Soup & Bread evening will be on Wednesday, March 13 at St. John Church conversing on the Beatitudes in general. The second evening will be on Wednesday, March 20 at Bethany Lutheran Church conversing about those who are “poor in spirit” being blessed. The third evening will be on Wednesday, March 27 when Grace Communion International will host at First Congregational Church a conversation about those “who show mercy” being blessed. The fourth and final evening will be on Wednesday, April 3 at First Congregational Church conversing about “peace-makers” being blessed.