April 25, 2019

Sunrise Service, Greenwich Point

Sunrise Service, Greenwich Point

Easter day started a bit rainy at sunrise service but turned out to be glorious!  He is risen indeed!   


As Reverend Howson preached, mercy and forgiveness are stories we look for in today’s time. Reverend Howson led us through a story of a German POW in Scotland who discovered the Bible and mercy from the people who captured him.  We need to look around and be the resurrection in our everyday life.   


The Catholics celebrate Divine Mercy this Sunday.    Pope John Paul II was able to meet with his would-be assassin and forgive.  The Quaker families who lost their girls to a mass murderer were able to visit the murderer’s widow and comfort her.  As we focus on the truly merciful love of God to offer himself, we are awed by the true mystery and power of the resurrection.  We pray that mercy and gentleness and forgiveness can be a learned response for each of us to have in our jarring world....with our Lord’s help.


We look forward to another rousing service with Reverend Scott this Sunday. This week’s New Testament reading is Matthew 28:1-10.  Matthew’s account of Easter involves a violent earthquake, quaking guards and an angel. The women left quickly to tell the disciples “with fear and great joy.”  Jesus appeared saying,” Do not be afraid” and as they held his feet and worshipped, he gave the instructions to tell the disciples. Reverend Scott’s sermon title is “Resurrection Power.”


HAPPY EASTER

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

April 19, 2019


We look forward to being able to respond “He is risen indeed!” with that feeling of renewal in our hearts.

Rev Howson did a beautiful reflection on Palm Sunday, which painted the scene of Holy Week and the events that lead to the crucifixion.  We were then challnged to put ourselves in that scenario and think about what our actions would have been so many years ago.  If we were being honest, we probably would not have been more brave that the disciples cowering in a room.

This week however , we are amazingly reminded of God’s “so loving the world” and the true mercy shown mankind.  The reading this week is John 20:1-18.  We are pleased to welcome back Reverend Howson to lead us in worship on Easter morning.  Her message is entitled “Resurrection?” 

Thanks to all those who gave flowers in celebration of Easter and the NGCC Easter mission offering.

Betty Blackmar – in loving memory of our son, Barry   

Barbara Constandakis – in memory of Vera, Carole, Jack & Barbara

Jeff and Carol Junker  – “in memory of  loved ones”

Phyllis Roitsch – in loving memory of my husband Paul Roitsch

Carolyn and Ron Tyson – For those impacted by dementia  and 

        also in loving memory of Jean and Fred Yunck

Sally Lou McDonald

The Vassallo family

April 3, 2019

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Welcome to a beautiful time of year.

Hope the Holy Spirit is teaching us what we need to know this Lent and

working on our hearts and souls. I know mine could use some work.

We welcome Reverend Rawls who will deliver a sermon entitled

“Pouring Out Love” based on the New Testament reading John 12:1-8.

Jesus is visiting Lazarus and Mary and Martha. Martha, of course, served dinner. Mary wiped Jesus’

feet with expensive perfume and her hair. Judas complained about the

cost. Quite the scene.

We were sorry to miss last week and look forward to hearing about the “shoes.”

Reverend Stevenson and her husband Barney expressed their gratitude for our prayers

for their daughter and family. We continue to pray for those on our hearts.

Our Lenten souper supper book discussion will be postponed until Thursday April 11

at 7PM. Our search committee has a work session before the book discussion, and

needs the additional time to fully consider our candidates and next steps. Probably an extra few

days is good to spend with the book Falling Upward....Richard Rohr is a deep thinker.

Greenwich World Hunger will benefit from our Lenten and Easter donations.

Note that Easter offering donations for Easter flowers and dedications may be

made by contacting Gladys. They always bring such spring joy to our sanctuary.

March 28, 2019

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March 28, 2019

We hear that Reverend Scott gave us another rousing

worship service last Sunday. Our 'sign inspiration' this

week is another quote from Jess Wilson: 'Let us be as

strong in character as an oak'.

We ask your prayers especially for all of the beautiful

pastors who have spent time with the search committee

over these past days. They have opened their lives to

us and we cannot help but pray for each one of them,

their families, and their current congregations. We are

so hopeful that we will find God’s will as we take our next

steps.

The NEW TESTAMENT READING this week: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. We welcome

back Reverend Diane Stevenson who highlights “He was lost and has been found”

and entitles her sermon “Tight shoes, No Shoes, Dancing Shoes.”

Our Lenten “souper” book study continues NEXT WEEK April 4 at 7PM. We are

finding many inspiring and challenging passages in Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward

Looking forwrad to April....Reverend Carol Rawls returns Sunday April 7. A new pastor

for us on a Palm Sunday and Easter - Rev Mary Lou Howsen. We will forward a bio.

Rev Scott returns on the 28th.

Note that Easter offering donations for Easter flowers and dedications may be

made by contacting Gladys. They always bring such spring joy to our sanctuary.

Our donations for the Lenten season will benefit Greenwich World Hunger

Association.

March 22, 2019

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“Neighbor, hi neighbor, God is good....”

So Rev Scott directs us to turn to each other with these

words.... in the church....and presumably as we walk

through the world. Rev Scott made us think.... talking about

how women and African Americans were only granted the

right to vote in the 20th century. Interestingly, Deborah was

an early leader of Israel, and not because she was married

to a leader.

In our joys and concern,

* joy and thanks for spring and the Salvation Army and the

first year of the Broadbent’s grandaughter

* We continue to pray for Nancy’s student with brain cancer

and for Nancy’s mom. We keep Joyce in our prayers as she

struggles with breast cancer and Dianna with stage 4 liver

cancer. We also keep Jim Dugan’s father in law Richard in

our prayers.

The pancakes were fluffy and the sausage and fruit were perfect for Sunday brunch last

weekend. Big thanks to our chief griddle man, Larry, and to everyone who brought their gifts

and appetites.

We continue to welcome Reverend Scott to the pulpit. Our NEW TESTAMENT LESSON:

Matthew 28:18-20  and his sermon is entitled: “Ruth, Diversity and Christianity”. Carolyn Tyson is our lay worship leader.

Our Lenten book discussion continues to focus around Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward: A

Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” Our next meeting is Thursday April 4.

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love, and

of self discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7