Easter services at Wilton Congregational Church feature music by Mozart
Maundy Thursday, March 28, meditation at 6:15, supper at 7, Service of Tenebrae at 8. The church will offer a re-enactment of the betrayal of Jesus, beginning with communion and continuing in a musical service accompanied by readings. The sanctuary is progressively darkened as lights and candles are extinguished throughout this deeply meaningful service. A guided meditation and simple meal of soup, bread and fellowship will precede the Service of Tenebrae. The community is welcome to join in for meditation, supper, the service, or all three.
There will be a Family Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, at 11, in the church courtyard. There will be grilled hot dogs and chips for hungry hunters, and time to relax with family and friends. In the event of rain the egg hunt will be held indoors. In addition, there will be Easter crafts in Pilgrim Hall for all to make.
There will be Easter worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31. The Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas will preach “You Won’t Believe this, BUT...” against a backdrop of music that will include Minister of Music Richard Glafke joining the adult choir and soprano soloists Pamela Murray and Nancy Seabold, mezzo-soprano Phyllis Murray, and bass-baritone Rick Mapes in a performance of Mozart’s “Missa Brevis.”
Missa Brevis in C, also known as “The Sparrow,” was composed during Mozart’s tenure as Konzertmeister to the Archbishop of Salzburg. It is one of several missae breves, 30 minutes or less in length that Mozart composed for his patron.
The worship service will also include two Mozart church sonatas and conclude with the traditional “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. On Easter Sunday additional parking is available at the Wilton Playshop and behind Old Town Hall.