Category Archives: Worship

  • Join us for Worship December 10th

    Posted on December 8, 2017 by in Latest News, Worship

    Join us for the Second Sunday of Advent this Sunday at 10 am.  We’ll light the Candle of Peace on our Advent Wreath and continue to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ by considering John the Baptist out in the wilderness “preparing a way for the Lord”. Are there crooked ways in our […]

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    Lessons & Carols 2017: J.S. Bach’s Magnificat

    Posted on December 1, 2017 by in Community, Latest News, Spire link, Worship

    Magnificat, BWV 243 [1723-33], by Johann Sebastian Bach Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10:00 AM Bach is thus a terminal point. Nothing comes from him; everything merely leads to him. —Albert Schweitzer, J.S. Bach, Vol. 1, 1908/1911 Please join us for First Congregational Church’s annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, a beloved tradition from England wherein God’s […]

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    Christmas/Advent Ripley Chapel Update

    Posted on December 1, 2017 by in Community, Latest News, Spire link, Worship

    The Ripley Chapel Working Group has been working steadily since October to carefully study the choices for the renovation of our Chapel and the costs associated with each. The costs estimates were developed by Kaplan Construction company last spring under the direction of our architect, David Torrey. It has been fairly easy to review the […]

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    For Unto Us a Child is Born

    Posted on December 1, 2017 by in Community, Latest News, Spire link, Worship

    Welcome to the season of Advent! We are entering into a sacred four weeks together that ideally prepare us for the deeper mystery of Christmas, when the Great Creator of the universe was manifested in the form of a human child. But isn’t every child a manifestation of the Great Creator, one might ask? Biblically […]

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    Service of Light 2017

    Posted on November 30, 2017 by in Community, Health and Wellness, Latest News, Worship

     A Service of Prayer, Candle Lighting & Music Thursday, December 21, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary “Only in the darkness does the bright light shine through.” Please join us for a special service designed to move from darkness to hope. Held on one of the longest nights of the year, the Service of Light opens us to God’s […]

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  • Hanging of the Greens Worship Service December

    Posted on November 27, 2017 by in Latest News, Worship, Youth

    Holly and ivy, greens and wreaths, poinsettias and Christmas trees, stockings and creches, stories and songs…   Join us this First Sunday in Advent for an All-Age Intergenerational Service of Worship as together we prepare our sanctuary for the Advent/Christmas Season. All Church School Classes will attend worship with their families and will have a part […]

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  • Worship this Sunday (Nov. 26)

    Posted on November 21, 2017 by in Worship

    It’s not quite Advent but this Sunday after Thanksgiving we’ll have some babies in worship as a precursor to the north of Jesus that we celebrate on Christmas Eve.  We will baptize June O’Neill and we’ll hear about the baby Samuel from the Old Testament whose mother, Hannah, prepares us for Advent with her own […]

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  • Join Us for Worship this Sunday (November 12, 2017)

    Posted on November 9, 2017 by in Worship

      Worship this Sunday has a few themes running through it. Our Stewardship Ministry has designated November 12th as Pledge Sunday. Pledge cards for your 2018 pledge will be collected during the offering and dedicated with prayer. The theme of the campaign is Deep Roots, New Branches which connects both stewardship and membership. Five new […]

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  • Health Ministry Lenten Weekend Retreat

    Posted on November 8, 2017 by in Community, Health and Wellness, Worship

    March 9 – 11, 2018 in Biddeford, Maine Mark Kutolowski Centering Prayer Retreat Leader Dear Fellow Member, We appreciate the challenges that a weekend retreat presents for those needing to negotiate parental and caregiver responsibilities or time apart after work week travel. Please take a moment to consider the benefits of saying yes. This retreat […]

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  • This Sunday in Worship (Nov. 5)

    Posted on November 3, 2017 by in Worship

    Join us for worship this Sunday for our monthly communion service which we’ll share with our whole intergenerational community, from the youngest to the oldest. Rev. Will will reflect upon the beginning of the most famous sermon of all time – Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – which opens with a consideration of those that […]

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