From the Backcountry 7-7-17

North Greenwich Congregational Church

Pastor’s Weekly Update

July 7, 2017

 Still Life with Shell by Andrew Wyeth

Still Life with Shell by Andrew Wyeth

From the Backcountry …

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach.”  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

As summer unfolds, many of us head to the beach.  Even if only for a day, we find it easy to fall under what Ann Morrow Lindbergh describes as “the spell of seashore rhythms.”  A quiet walk along the water enables us to relinquish customary concerns so that our minds can awaken to new awareness. But don’t expect insight and deep peace to occur immediately.  Gather a few shells, or stones, and bring them home with you.  Place them in a special place – perhaps a desk, or window sill.  Let them remind you of your relationship to nature, to the universal and timeless - where meaning and peace become inseparable.  Hold on to that sense of sense of well-being as long as you can… and then go about your day.

Sunday, July 9 Morning Worship10:30 a.m

Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 145; Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

Text:  “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.”  Matthew 11: 17

Sermon:  “Blame Game”

Synopsis:  This week’s text reveals an extraordinary teacher at work.  Using the allusion of a simple children’s game in his day, Jesus offers a commentary on his own generation that will feel awkwardly directed toward our own.  Once again, we will hear the reassuring words, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens … and I will give you rest.”  But gird yourselves.  The only way to experience this longed-for rest will be to put on Jesus’ yoke.

SUMMER BARBEQUE THIS SUNDAY!!   After worship.  Join us for a hamburger or hot dog after the Service.  Meats and Beverages will be provided.  Please bring a salad/dessert to share.


I came across this lovely litany by Max Coots, a Unitarian minister, entitled:  “Let Us Give Thanks:

For generous friend with hearts and smiles as bright as blossoms;

For feisty friends as tart as apples;

For continuous friends, who like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us that we’ve had them;

For crotchety friends, sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;

For handsome friends – who are as gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn;

For the others, as plain as potatoes – yet so good for you;

For funny friends, who are as silly as Brussel sprouts and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes;

And serious friends, as complex as cauliflower,

Or, as intricate as onions;

For friends as unpretentious as cabbage, as subtle as summer squash, as persistent as parley, as delightful as dill, as endless as zucchini and who like, parsnips, can be counted on to see you through winter;

For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening, and young friends, coming on as fast as radishes;

For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils and hold us, despite our blights, wilts and witherings;

And finally for friends now gone … who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter.

For all these we give thanks.



Our Summer Break is coming up shortly.  There will be no services of worship on Sundays, July 16 and 23.   Regular Sunday worship will resume on July 30.


Enjoy those summer rhythms!



Road Rules:   Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.  In effect, the people who change our lives the most begin to sing to us while we are still in darkness.  If we listen to their song, we will see the dawning of a new part of ourselves.”  

Rabindranath Tagore