Easter Services, and Messages from Bedford Clergy

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Easter morning at Fawn Lake in 2018 – Click to view larger image

 

First Church of Christ, Congregational
Rev. John Castricum, Pastor

First Church will be offering a “virtual” Easter service on April 12. For those of us who love the joy, fanfare, and triumph of Easter, it will not seem like an Easter service.  For just about all of us, dealing with grief, anxiety, exhaustion, and isolation, Sunday will not at all feel like Easter.  That is why First Church will be celebrating a “second”  Easter on the Sunday when we gather back together as a community, in our church sanctuary.  Our very presence together that Sunday (whenever it may happen) will proclaim the resurrection of hope, even as we recover from the effects of the coronavirus.  It will be an Easter unlike any you’ve ever experienced!

Visit First Church of Christ’s website at https://www.firstchurchbedford.wordpress.com/

First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, on Bedford Common
Rev. John Gibbons, Pastor

At First Parish, we are inspired by many traditions, Jewish, Christian, pagan, and more! At this time of pandemic crisis, we are especially inspired to work for justice.  That which affects the least of us affects us all.

At the First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, our services, and many other events – adult education, religious education for children, and others – remain active on Zoom.  This week we’ll have a contemplative and musical Good Friday service at 7 pm, and as well we’ll have a celebrative Easter service on Sunday morning at 10 am. We welcome visitors!

All public events may be found on our calendar at our website at uubedford.org.

St. Michael Parish
Fr. Kevin Toomey, Pastor

In tough times, it is our faith in the Risen Christ that sees us through and convinces us of His victory over death. As we approach the celebration of Easter Sunday, we remember that our God is God of the living, and all of our human suffering, losses, or doubts are reimagined in the light of this faith.

While this will be an Easter like no other, we can confidently look forward to the joy of the Resurrection and Jesus’s promise that He is with us always. With Him, we can do anything. The tomb is empty. Our hearts are full. And we are not alone.

Wishing the Bedford community a Blessed Easter. Know of our loving prayer and support.

Visit St. Michael Parish’s website at https://bedfordcatholic.org/

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Rev. Christopher Wendell, Rector

Easter Sunday is a celebration of a new and transformed life.  For Christians, it is the day of greatest joy in the entire year, because it is the day we proclaim that no amount of hatred, suffering, or death that life dishes out can overcome the power of God’s love to heal and transform the world.  It reminds us that the cross is not the end of the story; it is just the beginning of the next chapter of God’s dream unfolding.  In the Easter miracle, Christ promises to share the gift of a transformed life of grace with all who seek it, empowering us to embody and embed God’s love here and now and always.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will offer Easter Sunday Worship, live-streamed on YouTube at 10 am on Sunday, April 12. All are welcome!

Visit St. Paul’s website at www.stpaulsbedford.org

Bedford’s 69th annual Interdenominational Easter Dawn Service
Lay led by members of First Church, First Parish, St. Michael Parish, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

While the 2020 service won’t be held alongside Fawn Lake, the service will be prerecorded remotely, and shown on Bedford TV at 6:30 am on Easter Sunday morning on Comcast channel 99 and Verizon channel 40. The permanent online link will appear here as soon as it’s available.

First Baptist Church and Lutheran Church of the Savior

Both the Lutheran Church of Our Savior and First Baptist Church are in the midst of searches for new ministers.  The website for First Baptist Church is www.fbcbedford.net, and for Lutheran Church of the Savior, the website is www.lcsavior.org


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