Second Congregational Church marks Easter with graveyard sunrise service

Second Congregational Church will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 20, with a sunrise service in a cemetery, a festival service and an Easter egg hunt.

In a Moravian Church tradition dating back to the 18th century, congregants will meet at 6:06 a.m. in the graveyard next to the church and greet the dawn to observe the Resurrection.

The service will be in keeping with Jesus’ disciples discovering that his tomb was empty.

The Rev. Maxwell Grant, senior minister, and the Rev. Christopher Tate, associate minister, will deliver a brief dialogue sermon on what it means to receive this story. The service will include prayer and singing and conclude with churchgoers marching through the graveyard while singing Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!

Following the event, breakfast at the parsonage will be served.

At 10:30 a.m., the church will hold a festival service in the sanctuary. Churchgoers will “joyfully proclaim the message of Easter with music and prayer and Reverend Grant will deliver a sermon titled Do Not Cling to Me. The service will include singing of traditional hymns with musical accompaniment, and conclude with  singing of the Hallelujah Chorus.

After the festival service, the Easter egg hunt will began at roughly 11:30 a.m.

“Each year, I am approached by people who want to know what Easter ‘means,’” Reverend Grant said. “But it may be that what is most important about it cannot be explained, because on a deeper level, Easter is a glorious, but still all-too-human attempt to show how God’s love feels. The music, the flowers, the pageantry — maybe even the candy — are our best approximation of what a heart feels like when it has been set free by love — and particularly, the love of our Creator in Jesus.”

For further information, contact Gloria LaDestro at 203-869-9311, ext. 20 or [email protected] Learn more about the church at All are invited to the Easter services and activities.

Second Congregational Church is located at 139 East Putnam Avenue.

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