Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2015’

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Pentecost May 24, 2015

During worship on Pentecost Sunday, congregation members built an altar by processing up the central aisle of the sanctuary and placing red and yellow candles on the communion table. Many people wore red to celebrate the flames of the Holy Spirit alighting on the heads of the disciples on the original Pentecost. After worship, the congregation gathered outside for the …

“Each in our own language”- Ezekiel 37:1-14, Acts 2:1-21–May 24, 2015–Pentecost

Short of a gust of wind blowing in and spreading these candle flames to the altar clothes and igniting them, our worship service this morning probably bears very little resemblance to that first Pentecost, in terms of chaos, violence, confusion, and fear. And don’t get me wrong–I’m not advocating that somebody come up here and set the place on fire, …

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Sunday September 6: Worship with Communion at 10am. Nursery care is provided. Social hour with refreshments afterwards. 5 pm Sunday Supper ****************************************** BIRTHDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS: August 31 – Robert and Nancy Osgood’s 52nd anniversary September 1 – Edna Prouty, 87, Thomas Saunders, 9 September 2 – Heather McManigle September 5 – Mickey Marchetti, 15; Bonnie Holden ****************************************** Sunday September 13 …

“Letting Go”– Acts 1:1-11, John 17: 6-19– May 17, 2015

“In progressive churches like ours,” my friend Mike Piazza writes, “we don’t feel compelled to take these stories [like the Ascension of Jesus] literally, though we do try to take them seriously.” (Facebook post, 5/15/15] To take this story literally requires that we adopt the triple-deckered view of the universe of the ancient world, with heaven at the top, hell …

“At Home in the House of Joy”– John 15:9-17– May 10, 2015

  A dear friend told me that he experienced our worship as one long season of Lent. I think he may even have used the word “dreary.” As you may guess, that was not exactly the tone I have been aiming for. At first, I was heart-broken. Then, with a little distance and a reminder from a friend in my …

“Spring Cleanse”- John 15:1-8, 1 John 4:7-21– May 3, 2015

There was a rumor of spring this week. I’ll admit I’m a little reluctant to believe it’s really here–I haven’t put away my boots and heavy gloves. My parka is still hanging on the hook near the back door. But there have been days–like today and yesterday–where you can almost hear the flower beds and gardens calling out to be …

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