From the Backcountry

North Greenwich Congregational Church

Pastor’s Weekly Update

June 8, 2018

From the Backcountry …

“You have the voice to undo the folded lie.”   W.H. Auden

What kind of world are we envisioning?  Does it resemble the Biblical dream of a world where there is no fighting and no hunger?  Are we uncertain about what can be done to make this kind of world a reality?  Monk and activist, Thomas Merton, maintained that people of prayer see beyond the lies and media hype that swirl around us every day, and are able to identify the true moral challenges of our time.   This is because, in prayer and meditation, we listen to neglected voices that proceed from life’s inner depths.  “Those who find this inner peace,” he said, “become like trees, whose vital presence purifies the foul air of our polluted world.”

Sunday, June 10   Morning Worship and Annual Church Picnic!!

2018-19 Henry Green Scholarships will also be awarded.

Lectionary Readings:  Psalm 138; Mark 3: 20-35

Text:   “And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”   Mark 3:33

Sermon:  “Family Ties”

Tease:   Apparently, members of Jesus’ own family are well aware of the dangers surrounding their loved one.  And so, they journey to Capernaum intent on convincing him to abandon what they believe to be an ill-fated mission.  They fear Jesus is losing his mind and only a forced intervention will protect him from the religious authorities.  It’s quite a dramatic moment.  With his own kin standing on the door step, Jesus decides to redesign the contours of the “biological” family, in order to create what one of my favorite authors likes to call his “logical” family.

Annual Church Picnic 

Following Church Service - 11:30 AM

Continuing the long-standing tradition, we will join together for our annual picnic, immediately after worship THIS Sunday.  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and beverages will be provided. 

Please bring a Salad and/or dessert to share with the gang.

World Ocean Day

Today is World Oceans Day.   Every year, the United Nations sets aside June 8 to remind the global community that the oceans play a vital role in our well-being.  They are the “lungs’ of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we need to breathe.  They remain a major source of food and medicine, as well as maintaining the health of our entire biosphere.  Tragically, human activity is compromising the health of our oceans.  80% of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.  We have already recognized that 8 mission tons of plastic ends up in our oceans, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fisheries and tourism.  In fact, plastic pollution costs the lives of over 1 million seabirds and over 100,000 marine mammals per year. 

Change starts with us!  There are so many things we can do as individuals to reduce our plastic consumption.  Begin by taking the pledge to use less plastic in daily life and be sure to recycle the plastic that you must use. 

See you Sunday,


Road Rules:  “The butterfly counts not months, but moments  ... and still has enough time.” 

~ Rabindranath Tagore.