The heart of Christian faith is experienced in compressed fashion during the seasons of Lent and Easter.  During Lent we remember the life and teachings of Jesus, and Easter is the culmination of God’s work in and through his death and resurrection.  And all comes together in Holy Week, the eight days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.  We hope that you will join us often for worship during these days.

If you are thinking of joining us for the first time during Holy Week, Click Here to learn more about accessibility, information for families with children, and parking at Hancock.

 

2013,3,21_PalmSunday March 24th: Palm Sunday, 10am in the Sanctuary

During Lent Jesus has been making his way from the relative safety of Galilee to his dangerous conflict with political and religious powers at Jerusalem.  We celebrate his entry into the city as the fulfillment of prophecy, with his disciples shouting their faith that he is the Savior.  Our children will be with us throughout the service.  Pam Cochrane will preach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

passion poster SquareMarch 24th: Passion Concert, 4pm in the Sanctuary

Join us for a dramatic retelling of the entire passion story.  The Passion story will be told through scripture–in old and new translations–through poetry, and through music spanning over 300 years. The Chancel Choir will be joined by a professional orchestra and soloists Teresa Winner Blume, Sara Hadley, Brad Peloquin, and John D. Adams. They will perform works of Bach, Mozart, Handel, Telemann, Durufle, and Raminsh. Poetic reflections will be drawn from the works of Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Updike, Mary Oliver, and more.

The program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the sanctuary at Hancock Church, 1912 Massachusetts Ave in Lexington. Free parking is available and the sanctuary is handicap accessible. For more information, call the church at 781-862-4220.

 

 

 

 

2013,3,21_MaundyThursdayMarch 28th: Maundy Thursday, 7pm Clark Hall

We recall Jesus celebrating the Passover with his disciples, sharing this last supper with him.  Our worship that night brings us to that table, inviting us to see that we too are his disciples, and that the actions of Peter and James and John and the others are all too familiar to us as well.  Shining through the shadows of that night’s events, however, is the light of God’s love, revealed clearly in Jesus’ understanding embrace of his disciples both ancient and modern.  It is a worship service of communion, reflection, and prayer, held in Clark Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

2013,3,21_GoodFridayMarch 29th: Good Friday, 7pm Sanctuary

Jesus was put to death on a Friday, hanging on a Roman cross, his disciples complicit in betraying and abandoning him to this cruel fate.  Using scripture and the symbolic light of candles, we face this difficult story, relying on the promises of Easter.  This moving service includes the participation of our Confirmation Class, and the River Rock Band, and is held in the sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013,3,21_EasterMarch 31st: Easter Sunrise, 6:15am Old Belfry

It has become our tradition to celebrate Easter with worship at sunrise.  We gather atop the hill behind Hancock UCC, at the Old Belfry, parking in the Cary Library lot, and climbing the pathway across Clarke Street.  The worship service is simple, with singing, scripture, and sharing the names of loved ones who have died, and for whom we are praying on this day of resurrection.  The half-hour service closes with communion.  We will be there unless it is actively raining or snowing, in which case we will gather in Memorial Chapel.  Come as you are, dressed warmly for the spring sunrise.

 

 

 

 

 

2013,3,20_EasterMarch 31st: Easter Sunday, Full Easter Worship 9am and 11am

Two full worship services are held in the sanctuary at Hancock to celebrate Easter Sunday.  Note the different times!  Worship includes grand and glorious music led by our Chancel Choir, and the joyous proclamation of the Good News.  Children worship with their families, and all rejoice together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TheWell_waterdropMarch 31st: Easter Sunday @ the Well, 6:15om Clark Hall

Join us at 6:15 on Easter night for a night of rousing gospel music to celebrate the resurrection! We’ll be joined by the New England Gospel Ensemble (8 singers and their instrumentalists.) The New England Gospel Ensemble has become well-known throughout the Boston area for its inspired and uplifting performances in many high profile concerts including an annual performance with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Join us and invite a friend!