Re-opening Update

We are now open for in-person Sunday Worship services!  According to CDC guidelines, gathering in person for extended periods of time is safest for people who have been fully vaccinated, and we strongly encourage those who have not yet been fully vaccinated, including the two week recommended waiting period following the second shot, to continue joining us via Zoom.  

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Sunday Worship, July 18

Welcome home!  How lovely is thy dwelling place, Oh Lord!  What makes a house a home?  God’s spirit dwells in us!  What are the expressions that come to your mind when you consider the words home, house and household?  What comprises each?  Scripture for this Sunday introduces several ways of conceiving of these ideas that may lead us to consider closely how we are building a home here together, forming our corner of the realm of God.  Bring your ideas, bring your best intentions and bring your love for one another as we celebrate our foundation in Church, as God’s people!

Join us, along with Pastor Lisa Durkee, for worship in-person or via Zoom. We will also gather after worship for an outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting. Bring your own coffee, and we’ll see you there!

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Sunday Worship, July 11

We’re having a party this Sunday and every Sunday!  We celebrate the blessings we have received and we praise the Giver.  What our celebration looks like is up to us, but we have some pretty good examples of how to celebrate “with abandon.”  As we read the account of David dedicating the ark of the covenant anew, with the company and troops of Israel, and also about how Paul suggests we should respond to God’s gifts to us in Jesus, there is a lot of abundance at hand.  So, we gather together this Sunday in celebration as well, and we may ask ourselves what makes a gathering a party?  Who has to be there and how should we behave?  What should we eat and drink?  While these may sound like questions more relevant to a secular gala than a service of worship, the way that we gather makes a difference.  So, bring your dancing shoes, your joyful faces, and lift your hearts!  Then, take the joy we celebrate together and share it among those you know who are most in need of joy.  The news is good:  we are loved and are empowered to love others!

Join us, along with Pastor Lisa Durkee, for worship in-person or via Zoom. The Quinby family will provide live music, and we will gather after worship for an outdoor coffee hour. Bring your own coffee, and we’ll see you there!

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Sunday Worship, July 4

This Sunday falls on “Independence Day,” and our service will be observing this theme throughout. How might we understand this holiday given the complexities of our history–above all, the expanding awareness over recent years regarding the matter of racism (BLM) and the widening disparities between rich and poor in our country and world? We will explore this theme through the lens of the biblical texts appointed for the day… I will reflect on the long arc of the struggle for racial justice in our country, aided by the work of several poets

Join us, along with guest preacher Rev. Dr. Mark Burrows, for worship in-person or via Zoom. We will also be gathering after worship for an outdoor coffee hour. Bring your own coffee, and we’ll see you there!

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Sunday Worship, June 27

“Your faith has made you well.”  This Sunday we explore the meaning behind two (or is it really one?) miracle stories from the Book of Mark, in which a long-suffering woman and the father of a dying daughter find their way to Jesus.  How might we understand these stories today, and how can they help us to “wake up” a world so desperately in need of healing?

Join us, along with guest preacher Derek van Bever, for worship in-person or via Zoom. We will also be gathering after worship for an outdoor coffee hour. Bring your own coffee, and we’ll see you there!

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Sunday Worship, June 20

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”  The Psalmist celebrates in the song we read in scripture this Sunday, while God challenges Job concerning God’s power in the second lesson.  Together in prayer, in song and scripture, we will also celebrate our coming together as Church in one body and the hope this offers.  How, out of the challenges and exciting joys of life do we forge community that is reflective of our faith?  Join us in worship on Sunday to build up our corner of the Kin-dom of God!

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Sunday Worship, June 13

In his parables and in symbols, Jesus helps us understand how deep and broad is God’s love and the kingdom of God we know as heaven.  Even before Jesus walked among us to teach us these things, God showed time and again that human expectations often fall short of God’s imagination.  Through faith in God’s power more than in humanity’s abilities, shepherd boys become exalted kings and tiny mustard seeds become large plants.  As we gather together for worship, and as we make our way through all our days, we can celebrate how deep and wide can be our own love for others and for ourselves.  On the weekend in which we celebrate Pride in Blue Hill, we can glory in our differences and recognize that God sees each of us as we are and loves our uniqueness.

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