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Archive for 2016 January

Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2016’

“Pushed to the Limit”- Luke 4: 21-30– Jan. 31, 2016

Last week on “Galilean Diaries,” also known as The Gospel of Luke, we saw Jesus having returned from 40 days and nights in the wilderness, where he was tested by Satan before he could begin his public ministry. Jesus was “filled with the power of the Spirit,” we were told, and word of his presence, his power, and his wisdom …

“Fulfilled Today”– Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6,8-10, Luke 4:14-21– Jan. 24, 2016

Sermon January 24 “Fulfilled Today” For many different reasons I’m glad I don’t live in Iowa or New Hampshire. I cannot imagine the barrage of phone calls, tv and radio ads, let alone door-to-door canvassers that have invaded these two states as the first Presidential primaries draw near. I remind myself, as tired as I am of the daily stream …

“So Much More”– John 2:1-11– Jan. 17, 2016

We are a culture of sound bytes and rapid images, of information technology and data. And so we have a tendency to dismiss stories as nice but useless, not nearly as important as scientific findings and reports; and, really, who has time to listen to stories? My father-in-law used to say that if you want the unvarnished truth, ask someone …

Mary to Banner

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith to its work and worship. Sunday February 21 The journey into Lent continued this week at Second Congregational Church, UCC, as we considered the rocky mountains of Fear that surround us in our time. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from …

“Through the Deep Waters” –Isaiah 43:1-7, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 –Jan. 10, 2016

The season of Epiphany begins with a journey–the journey of the magi to where the Christ Child was. Guided by a star, we are told, they ventured forth from the comforts of home and familiarity, across unforgiving deserts, away from seductive tyrants, and finally to the peasant home where they found the child and his mother. And there they knelt …

sUNDAY announcements Jan 10

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No-rehearsal Christmas Pageant

On Sunday morning December 20, the “No-rehearsal Christmas Pageant” had the old, old story told in rhyme, with volunteers from the congregation spontaneously getting up and getting costumed quickly …as shepherds, angels, animals, and Mary and Joseph! The impromptu casting had the youth leader and the bell choir director as sheep, pastor as one of three angels, and a very …

MARYS TO bANNER

Monday January 18: Candlelight vigil at the Four Corners 5:30pm; 6:15 gathering at Unitarian Fellowshipon School St for light snacks; 6:30 Panel discussion on Diversity in our community, facilitated by Mary Lee-Clark and Peter Lawrence Sunday January 24: Annual meeting immediately after potluck lunch following worship to hear and take actions on reports, budget and nominations Sunday January 31: Eaarth …

“On Bended Knee” –Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 –Epiphany Sun.–Jan. 3, 2016

On Bended Knee The story of the magi is a story for our time. In the midst of the incredible run of the latest Star Wars movie–”The Force Awakens”–already having grossed a billion dollars–how perfect is this story of wise men who study the stars! It lifts our eyes to the heavens, beyond our narrow, often petty, concerns, and draws …

test of sziron

An intense week of preparation by congregational members (plus friends and family) working together culminated in Friday evening and Saturday’s 67th annual bazaar on December 4 and 5. Fresh greens were made into wreaths and centerpieces. Jewelry, books, Christmas items, toys, tools and sporting goods were sold in Serendipity. The Treasure Chest had special quality items. Pet Pourri had toys …

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