Holy Week, Whole and Meek

Gifts abound in small congregations, but there are resources we do not have and sometimes miss. While we have been fortunate to be served by talented pianists, and beautiful music is a weekly part of worship, our congregation has not had a choir in a number of years. When a neighboring congregation with¬†an abundance of musical ensembles invited us to worship with them on Palm Sunday for a music-centered service, our congregation said an enthusiastic “Yes!”

Holy Week is the ideal time to gather together in Christian community to hear again¬†this powerful story that we share. It begins, after all, as a commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem where the Jews had gathered for the Passover. It is fitting for us to be with our whole community in Holy Week, through the twists and turns, the highs and lows.

We will gather in our space for Easter, partaking in traditions we have come to love and look forward to, but if you come looking for us at other significant moments and find our sanctuary resembling the empty tomb, know that we are venturing out in this Holy Week to worship with others who proclaim God’s promises with other gifts, in other settings. This can be a powerful way to hear the story anew. If you wish to join us, times/locations are below:

Sunday, April 9th, Palm Sunday, 10 a.m.
Second Baptist Suffield, 100 North Main Street, Suffield, CT

Friday, April 14th, Good Friday, 12 noon
Enfield Conference of Christian Churches
Calvary Presbyterian, 1518 King Street, Enfield, CT

Sunday, April 16th, Easter, 10 a.m.
Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road, Enfield, CT

No matter where you find us, join us in proclaiming, “Christ has risen! He has risen indeed!”

 

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Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

The promise of new life is one we cannot explain or fully comprehend….but we can surely celebrate it together. Join us this day as we celebrate God’s promises made real in Jesus’ resurrection and in the ways the body of Christ works to bring about abundant life for all.

 

Gifts of the Dark Wood

Our Lenten worship series, “Gifts of the Dark Wood,” takes us to those seasons of life we would rather move through quickly–seasons of uncertainty, loneliness, emptiness, feeling out of place. Developed by Marcia McFee and based on the book of the same name by Eric Elnes, we are invited to sit in those places and discover what we might find of God while there. This is as Jesus did in his own seasons of despair, and we welcome all to be part of our community in this time.

With a sanctuary set to evoke the woods and original music members have described as “calming, peaceful,” we set into the woods each week, leaving always with a gift we have to share with others who might be in a difficult passage. Worship is each Sunday at 10 a.m. Come and rest.

What (or who) will you follow?

As we celebrate Epiphany–the manifestation of Christ to all people, we acknowledge the wisdom of those who followed a star to find him. Like the magi, we need stars and guides to help us find Jesus, too. For the past two years, members of our congregation have received “star words” to serve as a guide, a whispering of the Spirit, in the year to come. Is there a word or source of wisdom that serves as a guide for you?

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