Sunday Worship August 28, 2022

Grace to you and peace, from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ!  We welcome our own Lin Parker to the pulpit this Sunday while Pastor Lisa is away to lead a friend’s memorial service in MA.  Lin and Anne, too, will lead us in music as well as in the Word, and we are grateful for their sharing their talents.  Lin will ask us to consider a familiar admonition from Hebrews, to “show love to strangers, for by doing so we may be entertaining angels unawares.”  As the summer wanes, we continue to celebrate our worship in the shade of our back yard trees.  Join us!

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Sunday Worship August 21, 2022

Grace to you and peace, from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ!  Holy Healing . . . What does it look like?  How did people in Christ’s time and before recognize it and how do we foster it?  Do we allow our skepticism and our doubt override our desire for healing and our faith in God’s power?  Are there ever any easy answers?  We might all sing a resounding “no” in answer to that question, but we may also sing and shout together that we have known healing and we have hope for a future that includes God’s redeeming of this, God’s world.  Come together this Sunday as we sing of freedom, of healing, of peace and grace, and hear the words of scripture that challenge us to raise our voices in hope. 

Peace and blessings, Lisa

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Sunday Worship August 14, 2022

Grace to you and peace, from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ!  As we write this, the Blueberry Festival is in full swing down at the church.  Thank you to all who have worked so hard to make this annual celebration such a success.

Pastor Lisa is fresh off of opening night for Head Over Heels, and so we will be collaborating on the service tomorrow morning.  Our gospel reading is from Luke (12:49-56), a passage in which Jesus is unusually candid about his mission–to bring fire to the earth.  We’ll try to understand the truth he is leading us to, and its implications for us and for our mission as a church.

We have so much to celebrate together in this 250th summer of our ministry in and to the community of Blue Hill–and beyond.  Come join us as you are able, or Zoom in following the instructions below.

Derek van Bever

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Sunday Worship August 7, 2022

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This verse from the letter to the Hebrews offers a succinct definition of what may be the most difficult concept to understand. We have faith in what we cannot see, while we live in a world that says “I’ll believe it when I see it.” This push and pull can be stressful, which is why I have always been grateful for church community. When my faith falters, someone else’s holds me up; the converse is also true. Reading the verses from Luke’s Gospel this week as we also consider what our faith offers and asks of us can invite us to look forward in new ways. We may understand our role of stewards as similarly looking forward in equal measure to the degree to which we look at our history. How do we, as a community of faith, trust that God walks with us into an unseen future?  

These are not empty questions; we navigate uncertainty in our private lives as well as in the life of our church family. As we share in Communion together, though we do not partake of the physical elements, we celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide us toward greater faithfulness and greater trust. All are invited to join us in worship, with music abounding in many different ways this Sunday, in particular!

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Blue Hill History Hunt

In celebration of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill’s 250th anniversary, the church and other local organizations will host a Blue Hill “History Hunt” on Friday, August 5th from 1:00-4:00pm. Click here for more information.

Sunday Worship July 31, 2022

We welcome to our worship this Sunday one of our own congregation with two friends who are committed to addressing the issue of poverty in our nation.  David Jolly, Haydée Foreman and Linda Homer will share from their experiences with the Poor People’s Campaign in Hancock County and particularly about their recent engagement with the March in Washington on June 18th.  That this opportunity coincides with scripture reading from Luke in which Jesus warns against stockpiling earthly wealth seems greater than coincidence.  A special anthem from the work of contemporary singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman also highlights the needs and frustrations of the poor. Is this the moment in which we all begin to look at the various ways we have arrived at such great socio-economic inequality in our nation—and then make the changes necessary to care for “the least of these”?

Our thanks to the choir and also to Dave Quinby as he adds the bass bottom to our music for the morning!

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