If you are visiting us for the first time, please allow us to extend our warmest greetings. We are an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We look forward to having you join us in worship.
We are open for in-person Sunday Worship services for those who are fully vaccinated and masked. We strongly encourage those who have not yet been fully vaccinated to continue joining us via Zoom.
Although there is one day designated for Earth Day, our relationship with the church is a daily, perpetual reality. The effects of humankind on the planet we call home has been devastating, but as people of faith in a loving, renewing God, we know that even the worst of problems may be overcome in God’s time. We will look together at the stark realities of climate change this week and will have the opportunity to pledge our commitment to doing our part in slowing the spreed of destruction. What do we learn from scripture that may help us grow in our resolve?
There is a chance of rain on Sunday morning, so we will be playing the weather by ear to decide to worship outdoors behind the church or in the sanctuary. Please arrive a bit early to settle yourself in a chair if we are outside. Peace, Lisa
Given the sunny but cool weather predicted for tomorrow morning, we plan to be in the sanctuary for worship. We will remember all the women who have helped us become the people we are, and we will remember God’s gracious presence with us—always. With familiar scripture in Psalm 23, we also remember the ways in which we have been led and the ways in which we choose to follow. We make choices daily to follow persons, ideas and careful plans, and we encourage one another to choose the good. May we do so together this week!
“The Road to Damascus” that Saul walked on probably doesn’t look like very many of the roads here in Blue Hill. Except for the driest days of late July and August, there would have been more dust and probably more people than we see here. The experience he had might also seem a bit removed from what any of us can imagine happening to us, but we may also know ways in which we or someone we love has been radically changed by something that has occurred. Learning to trust that radical change can be a good, even a blessed opportunity and leaning into service to others in response is at the heart of the lessons we hear this Sunday. Join us as we learn new and deeper ways of living into the love that Jesus taught his disciples and us.
As we continue to celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection—and the possibility of our own—we are invited to acknowledge our own doubts as we hear the story of the disciple we have come to know as “doubting Thomas.” What does it take us to believe the news we hear? What does it take for us to have faith? What is the difference? We are also invited to consider what we do in response to our faith and given guidance as to what a new life in the light of Christ can look like. Join us on Sunday for celebration and for contemplation and then join us as we leave our worship to live lives of service in action.
Isaiah 65:17-18: “17For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating!”
Luke 24:5b: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”
The wonder of Easter is upon us, and we gather tomorrow morning to celebrate the good news of Christ’s resurrection and the new things that God can do in our lives today, bringing us new life. Join in worship at 5:30 a.m. at the foot of Blue Hill Mountain, where we pray the rain will have let up enough to allow us to remain dry, though perhaps we may not view the sun’s rising. Then, at 10:00, we gather again in the sanctuary for exuberant praise and thanksgiving, celebrating the redeemed life we are promised in Christ!
Our Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, where we will listen to the stories of Jesus’ close friends and family as we receive the growing darkness in anticipation of his betrayal and crucifixion. Our Chimes Choir and Instrumental Ensemble will be playing, and Sarah Schneider and Pastor Lisa will share a duet of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu.
On Good Friday, you have the opportunity to remember Christ’s passion by walking the Stations of the Cross, again with our friends from St. Francis. We will begin together at 12:00 noon, at the head of the Murphy Trail at the back of the church parking lot.