Holy Week services at Wilton church

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WILTON — The First Congregational Church of Wilton, United Church of Christ, has announced a series of worship events for Holy Week. The church is located at 386 Main St. All are welcome.

Sunday, March 28, Palm Sunday, 9:30 a.m. The procession of palms will be provided along with special music with drum and strings, and vocal music by the youth of the church.

Thursday, April 1, Maundy Thursday, 6 p.m. In observance of the Last Supper, there will be a light supper served by candlelight, followed by table worship and Holy Communion immediately following the meal.

Friday, April 2, Good Friday, 7 p.m. The churches of the Wilton Ecumenical Ministry will gather at the Congregational Church for ecumenical Good Friday worship. The service will be in the tradition of Tenebrae or “shadows.”

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Sunday, April 4, Easter sunrise service, 6:15 a.m. There will be an ecumenical service provided by the churches of the Wilton Ecumenical Ministry at 211 Orchard Drive. There will be singing, prayer and meditation. The service will be held rain or shine.

The Orchard Drive site is the location of the first church building in Wilton, a Methodist church, which was built in 1818. While the church is no longer there, the site offers a clear view of the eastern sky. Sunrise services have been held in this location since 2003.

The service is sponsored by the Wilton Ecumenical Ministry, which includes the Dryden United Baptist Church, First Congregational Church of Wilton, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Wilton United Methodist Church.

A free hot breakfast at the Congregational Church will follow the sunrise service.

Easter morning worship will be held at 9:30 a.m. The service will feature hymns, anthems and special music provided by the youth of the church. It is a Communion Sunday. A reception of fellowship will follow the service.

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