From the Backcountry

North Greenwich Congregational Church

Pastor’s Weekly Update

March 22, 2018


From the Backcountry …

  Good King Henry arriving in Paris, March 22, 1594

Good King Henry arriving in Paris, March 22, 1594

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:18

A fascinating chapter of Church history is the story of Henry of Navarre.  He was the leader of a Protestant movement, known as the Huguenots, and unexpectedly found himself in line for the French throne!  (My family traces its heritage to the Huguenots.)  France, of course, has always been a predominantly Catholic country and there was an ignominious religious war between Catholics and Protestants underway at the time. Under no circumstances would the French elite tolerate a Protestant ruler!!   Undaunted, Henry embarked on a tumultuous campaign through Normandy to claim his crown.  Today marks the 424th anniversary of his victorious arrival in the city of Paris, but not before converting to Catholicism.  Above, he is pictured in armor, mounted on a gallant steed.  He will go on to be one of France’s most beloved rulers, bringing the religious wars to an end, restoring stability, and issuing the Edict of  Nantes, a poignant declaration of religious toleration that granted the much -maligned Huguenots full civil and religious rights.  His short reign will prove to be a triumph of compromise, moderation and reconciliation.  Sadly, these remarkable accomplishments will also lead to Good King Henry’s tragic assassination.

Palm Sunday, March 25  10:30 a.m.

Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 118; Mark 11: 1-11

Text:  “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.”   Mark 11:8

Sermon:  “People Watching”

Tease:    I am a people watcher!!  I love surveying a crowd and taking in all of the excitement and commotion.   And, the account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem gives us a wonderful opportunity to do some people watching - Roman garrisons, religious authorities, Jewish rebels, Passover pilgrims, the curious, and the disciples.  In fact, by surveying this crowd …we learn everything we need to know about who Jesus is …and what He asks from each of us.

  Vamos Adelante Director Nina Jorgensen with student volunteer and client

Vamos Adelante Director Nina Jorgensen with student volunteer and client

2018 Lenten Mission Offering

Greenwich World Hunger Association

Proyecto Vamos Adelante

Vamos Adelante serves 24 rural communities in the Esquintia Province of Guatemala.  For over a decade, the organization has been providing funds for children to go to school, families to have proper medical care, and knowledge about basic hygiene to prevent water-borne diseases.  Primarily, it is a food distribution outreach.  They focus on the elderly, who have no viable means of economic support and to the malnourished.  If we raise $1,000.00 in this fund- raising campaign, we would be able to provide a one month supply of food for an entire village, enough  for a breakfast, substantial  mid-day meal , and  some left-overs for a light supper. It’s a worthy goal that is certainly within our ability to reach.  So far, we have raised $720.00.   If you haven’t done so already, please consider participating in this venture.  Checks should be made out to NGCC and earmarked Mission.  Sunday is the final day of our campaign.



Road Rules:  “It is the small joys and the little pleasures that the greatest of our days is built.”

Mary Anne Radmacher