The people who generally make for effective stewards are those who have a vision. Some long-term goal of great meaning ...
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Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ from across the ...
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Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: A Holy Land Pilgrimage! This pilgrimage will be led by Rev. Dr. Jay Terbush ...
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Buried amid chapter after chapter in the Book of Exodus of tedious instructions concerning the building materials, dimensions, and craftmanship ...
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The theme of the Good Friday Walk to the Cross this year as we neared the close of Lent, was ...
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In the North Sea, above the land we now call Scotland, lie the Orkney Islands. The rule of these islands, ...
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The forty days of Lent (not counting Sundays) commence with Ash Wednesday and conclude with the day before Easter. This ...
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“Would you like to join the Diaconate?” asked an older church member. She was a nice person, diligent in her ...
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On Sunday, May 6, the Central Association will be holding their Annual Meeting in West Boylston. I am pleased to ...
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Once upon a time, churches were looked upon as safe havens to which even fugitives could go for protection. “Church” ...
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It feels like an unusual number of calendar dates have been pulling double duty this year. Christmas Eve fell on ...
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Years ago, in the city of Muenster, Germany, a strange love story unfolded. A female black swan who was given ...
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Some holidays have special traditions attached to them. Easter has eggs, Christmas has trees and Thanksgiving has turkeys. Epiphany isn’t ...
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On the first Sunday in December, we begin our celebration of Advent. On the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, ...
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The Hand Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment to draw a picture ...
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Pentecost (which will fall on June 4 this year) reminds us that the grace of God is made known, not ...
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Jesus had a knack for never being where you would expect to find him. It was an unnerving habit he ...
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Isn’t it about time we put that saying to rest? Because words do hurt. And underestimating the destructive power of ...
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I used to know this guy who, whenever you asked him how it was going, would come back with the ...
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We’ve all heard that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” So when our dog Lexi first came to ...
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Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?”  And ...
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On March 12, Ceil Burgess, Nancy Sides, and I attended Super Saturday in Killingly, CT. For those who don’t know, ...
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I used to live across the street from a cemetery. Which, maybe sounds a little depressing.  Sometimes, though, cemeteries can ...
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On their way home from an Ash Wednesday service, little Johnny asked his mother, “Is it true that we are ...
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The late Henri Nouwen once wrote, “Maybe we still do not fully believe that God’s Spirit is, indeed, the Spirit ...
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“In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you ...
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Happy New Year! January first may still be weeks away, but the Church Year follows its own timetable, one not ...
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Research Says, “Givers Also Get” “While most people probably subscribe to the general theory that charity is ‘good for the ...
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I think it was Joni Mitchell that sang the phrase, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know ...
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If you have been in Covenant Hall recently you will see lots of “stuff” being collected for the journey to ...
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“Christian stewardship begins not with an inventory of what we have, but from a recognition of whose we are.” These ...
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The churches of the Massachusetts Conference represent the oldest and largest Protestant denomination in the Bay State. Most of our ...
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The news has been filled this first week of September with chaotic scenes. 3-year old Alyan Kurdi, along with his ...
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Will Willimon tells the story of a high school commencement speaker he once heard. This person was giving a rather ...
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“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 Once upon a time, ...
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The stories of Holy Week and Easter are retold year after year, usually to congregations that are swelled  beyond their ...
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Our theme for Lent this year is “Return to God with all your heart.” God’s “wholehearted” love is available to ...
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The Joy of Obedient Worship   “Free us for joyful obedience.” You may recognize that phrase as part of the congregational ...
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A friend of mine, Gilbert Davis, tells about a “defining moment” he had in seminary. One day an elderly gentleman ...
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Welcome to Lent. No kidding. I say “no kidding” because not everyone thinks of Lent as a welcome experience. This ...
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On the third Sunday of Advent, we lit the candle of Joy in worship. Then we experienced the joy of ...
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Ever notice how so many of the stories we associate with Christmas are tales of transformation and redemption? Scrooge “Humbugs” ...
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Several years ago I was part of a mission team sent to a remote mountain village in Honduras. Our purpose ...
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A cowboy from Oklahoma had been in Kansas City seeing things he had never even imagined. He went back to ...
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The following is a true story that emerged from a championship college women’s softball game between Western Oregon and Central ...
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An old saying states, “An expectation is a premeditated resentment.” Many of us expect the church to be a place ...
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Jesus had a knack for never being where you’d expect to find him. He always seemed to be hanging around ...
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The Apostle Paul said as much when he declared, “If Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been ...
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It was the First Sunday of Lent, and the minister called all the young people to the front for the ...
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Membership builds strong bodies: Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27) ...
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Inevitably at this time of year, my brand new calendar teases me with its unmarked pages, seemingly pregnant with possibilities ...
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