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March 31st Worship

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March 31st Worship

Scripture:  John 20:1-18
Message: You Don’t Have to Believe                                       

Blessings and grace to you all in this most sacred and holy week. I cannot encourage you enough to join us for our Maundy Thursday service of communion and tenebrae this Thursday evening, March 28th, beginning at 7:00pm. The purpose of this service is to bring us into the scene and story of Jesus’ trial, conviction, hanging and death so that we might experience the fear, suffering and grief of the original followers of Jesus.

On Good Friday, March 29th, from 12:00pm -3:00pm UPA’s sanctuary will be set up with 7 prayer stations for you to walk through, read the story of Jesus’ passion and death along, each reading including a prayer. There will be quiet reflective music playing in the background and you’re invited to take as long as you need at each station or just in the sanctuary. Scripture tells us that Jesus was hung on the cross at noon and died at 3pm and so, at 3 we will close the doors and ring the bell to indicate the initiation of our hours of grief.

Finally, on Sunday, March 31st at 10:00am join us for our Easter Celebration, where we shout “He is risen!” and honor the New Life that Jesus’ resurrection symbolizes! Worship will include a brass quintet, Children and Youth Choir, and an Easter Egg hunt after the service!

Peace and blessings and grace to you all this week as we prayerfully take these steps with Jesus to the Cross and then to HOPE EVERLASTING!


Prelude:  “Centennial Hymn”   John K. Paine 
                “In Heavenly Love Abiding”   Horatio Parker
                “God be Merciful”  George W. Chadwick
                “Blessed be the Lord”
Anthem:  “The Heavens Declare”   William Billings    
Brass Anthem:  “Christ Our Passover”  Horatio Parker   
Meditation: ” Ave Maria” Louis Moreau Gottschalk     
Postlude: “Signal March”  G. W. E. Friederich     
Special Music:  “Hallelu, Hallelu”  UPA Children and Youth Choirs          


Live Stream Information
We are making improvements to our sanctuary sound system and encourage you to worship with us in person. If you are not able to worship with us we continue to stream our services via Facebook and Zoom. If you experience any trouble go to our Facebook page for more information. Please share these links with your friends. Bear in mind that we cannot share the Zoom links publicly (to keep from being Zoom bombed), so please share it person to person rather than posting it on Facebook/Twitter, or other public social media. It’s fine to share the Facebook link broadly and publicly. For Zoom login information please reach out to Pastor Cheryl at cheryl@newtonchurch.org.

Zoom Link: UPA Sunday Morning Worship
Facebook Livestream Link: https://www.facebook.com/upanewtonma/live

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