First Congregational Church
1981 Ocean Street - Box 826
Marshfield, Mass. 02050    781-834-7664
Services are Sunday at 9:30am  -  Reverend Susan Nye Thornton, Pastor
Nursery and Sunday School Classes in Parish Hall
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 Sunday 5:00pm, Tuesday 8:00am, Friday 4:30pm, Saturday 6:30pm


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On Easter Day, we celebrate Resurrection! Celebration is accompanied by hope, optimism and joy, and often, by heart-pounding anticipation of what is to come, what the celebration will bring. When Mary ran from the empty tomb to tell Peter and John that Jesus was nowhere to be found, they all ran back again wondering what had happened. This was something they had never experienced before – their lives had no map, no reference to turn to, no way to make sense of what they saw and didn’t see. The empty tomb left Peter and John scratching their heads as they returned to their homes. The empty tomb left Mary in tears as she looked inside, once again, expecting to see what she had seen before – nothing.

What she did see, this second time, she must have rubbed her eyes and looked again. Two angels in glowing white. Now, that’s something you don’t see every day. It was as if she had crossed over into another world, a parallel dimension, the breaking-in of heaven on earth.

And then . . . she saw . . . Jesus!! Not dead – walking, talking, knowing her. That’s resurrection:

alive, in a way of being alive that there is no precedent for on earth. That’s because it is the life of heaven that breaks into the life on earth to recreate life as God meant it to be. Jesus pioneered resurrection for you and for me. That’s why we celebrate on Easter morning – the gift that Jesus made possible on the cross is the new life of Easter. We celebrate resurrection!

And yet, the resurrection Jesus gives is not evidenced only by celebrating the day of his resurrection or memorializing the lives of those whom we love when they die with a hope of a future resurrection. No, resurrection means that Jesus brought heaven to earth and brings heaven into the lives of those who accept his gift as our Savior. Every day is a ‘little resurrection’ as we step a little closer to heaven as citizens of Jesus’ heavenly kingdom on earth.

So, let’s celebrate together this Easter Sunday, April 20! Holy Week Services will begin with Palm Sunday Worship at 9:30AM, April 13, followed by a delicious brunch. Maundy Thursday, April 17 at 7PM, will be marked with the moving presentation by Jews for Jesus of “Christ in the Passover” followed by Communion. At noon on Good Friday, the Marshfield Clergy Association will lead a Worship Service focused on “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” There will be two times of celebration on Easter Sunday with a Sunrise Service at 5:30AM at Burke’s Beach and Easter Worship Service at 9:30AM in the Meetinghouse.

This is the great good news: Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen, indeed! Let’s celebrate!

Pastor Susan

:  We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the word and the will of God. We purpose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God, and striving for truth, justice and peace. As did those who came before, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life. 

Vision Statement

Seeking God's word and will by sharing Christ's love through worship, fellowship and mission in the Congregational Way.