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Sundays 10:00am
Third Wednesday 7:30pm
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26 Meetinghouse Lane
Madison, CT 06443
203-245-2739
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First Congregational Church of Madison

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Weekly Lenten Devotion

“I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”   Romans 7:15

I hope this bores you.

Paul Tillich taught that sin is best understood as a state of estrangement.  “We are estranged from God.  Estranged from the origin and aim of our life.”  Sin is a grand, cosmic problem.  It is much bigger than the last bad thing you did.

First comes Sin’s dominion then come sins committed.  We live at a distance from God, but someone has to be in charge.  Who is in charge of your life?  You are!  Indeed, in America we’ve almost made a religion out of personal liberty.  Seriously, who but a god could practice our sense of entitlement?  We aren’t just estranged from God, cut off from our own best selves and divided from one another.

Are you bored yet?  I hope so.  You ought to be.  Perhaps the Tillichian theology of tri-fold estrangement puts a new intellectual gloss on things, but you already knew it in your gut.  You don’t need a devotion to make you feel bad about sin.  We already feel bad.  Tell us something we don’t know.  Booooooring!

It’s good to be bored by sin.  After all, we’re intimately familiar with it.  We know it inside out and backwards.  There’s no-surprise there.  No delight.  What should surprise us is what comes next.  We should be surprised, amazed, delighted, thrilled, by the fact that we have a savior, not by the fact that we need saving.

Prayer:  Dear God, help us realize that our sinfulness isn’t just deadly, it’s dull.

By Matt Fitzgerald                            “Re-Lent 2015”


Upcoming Special Events:

Lenten Season Book Study – Begins Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm
Five Fridays Lenten Organ Concerts – Begin March 6 at 12:15 pm
5th Annual Strawberry Festival is Saturday June 6th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Vendor Application  and Vendor Site Map are now available.

Check out our events calendar for more details about these programs and so much more happening at FCC!

 

Upcoming Calendar

Mar
1
Sun
10:00 am Communion
Communion
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the 1st Sunday of each month.  All are welcome at the table!
10:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
10:00 am Worship Service
Worship Service
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Worship Service @ First Congregational Church | Madison | Connecticut | United States
We gather each Sunday morning to share in God’s love for us.
11:00 am Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour
Mar 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Coffee Hour @ First Congregational Church | Madison | Connecticut | United States
Please join us for Coffee Hour at 11:00 a.m. in Hubley Hall of the Church House. You are warmly invited for refreshments and fellowship. Coffee Hour is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about[...]
Mar
3
Tue
7:15 am Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Mar 3 @ 7:15 am – 8:15 am
Men's Bible Study @ The Parlor of the Church House | Madison | Connecticut | United States
Men’s Bible Study – Men of all ages are welcome. Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 am in the Parlor. A great opportunity for fellowship and open discussion about God’s word. Sign-up not needed; just come[...]
7:30 pm AA Meeting
AA Meeting
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AA Meeting @ FCC-Activity Center | Madison | Connecticut | United States
This group meets in the Activity Center (Basememt level of the Church House). Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical,[...]
Mar
4
Wed
6:00 pm Al-Anon
Al-Anon
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Al-Anon @ FCC-Activity Center | Madison | Connecticut | United States
This group meets in the Activity Center (Basememt level of the Church House). Al-Anon, “is a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics”. All are welcome.
6:30 pm Lenten Season Book Study
Lenten Season Book Study
Mar 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Lenten Season Book Study
Lenten Season Book Study – We will begin a five week book study of ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren on Wednesdays, Feb. 25th – March 25th  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Understand God’s purpose[...]
Mar
7
Sat
10:00 am Cancer Support Group
Cancer Support Group
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Our group is a place to talk, to listen, and to share, be it fears, lessons learned, or experiences. It is open to anyone touched by cancer – patient, caregiver, someone looking for answers. You[...]
Mar
8
Sun
10:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
10:00 am Worship Service
Worship Service
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Worship Service @ First Congregational Church | Madison | Connecticut | United States
We gather each Sunday morning to share in God’s love for us.
11:00 am Coffee Hour
Coffee Hour
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Coffee Hour @ First Congregational Church | Madison | Connecticut | United States
Please join us for Coffee Hour at 11:00 a.m. in Hubley Hall of the Church House. You are warmly invited for refreshments and fellowship. Coffee Hour is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about[...]
Mar
10
Tue
7:15 am Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Mar 10 @ 7:15 am – 8:15 am
Men's Bible Study @ The Parlor of the Church House | Madison | Connecticut | United States
Men’s Bible Study – Men of all ages are welcome. Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 am in the Parlor. A great opportunity for fellowship and open discussion about God’s word. Sign-up not needed; just come[...]

About Our Faith

We, the community of the First Congregational Church of Madison seek to embody God’s extravagant welcome.

Church education Programs

Sharing God's Love

We strive to empower our children and teens to be able to share God’s love with others, while deepening their own connections to God and each other.

Sharing the Ministry

All are invited to share in the church’s ministry by being a reader or a greeter. There’s a sign-up sheet in the hallway outside the church’s main office.

Sounds of Music

We are host to some wonderful instruments. Go to the Music drop-down menu above, click on “Our Instruments”, and listen to sound samples of our organ, handbells, and harpsichord.
Roya Assa Jazz Group
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