December 10, 2020



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Christmas Planning is Underway!

The Liturgy Committee met this week and finalized our plans for the next several weeks. Here is what we have decided:

There will be a Blue Christmas service on Tuesday, December 15 at 5:30 pm. This quiet, contemplative service is a time to acknowledge and mark the losses we've experienced that can dampen our Christmas joy. Music is contemplative, provided by Valerie May on the harp. There is an opportunity to light candles in remembrance of the loss of a loved one, the losses we've experienced during the pandemic, and any other event that brings sadness. This service will be via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Our Christmas Eve service will be at 4:00 pm on December 24. We plan to decorate the Chancel in much the same way as we normally do, and to broadcast the service on Zoom and Facebook Live from the church. The service will be a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. I will consecrate bread and wine during the service, and all are invited to then come to the church parking lot to receive individually wrapped bread and wine. 

The individually wrapped communion set (see above picture) includes a small wafer and a sip of wine. We will be in the church parking lot (wearing masks) to give these to you for 45 minutes following the end of the Zoom service. This is an unusual adaption to this unusual time we are experiencing. I hope it will help to make this Christmas feel more like the holy feast and celebration that it is, even though we are unable to gather in person.

Christmas Day: We normally hold a service on Christmas morning at 11:00 that has traditionally preceded the Christmas Dinner hosted by Dinner Bell. It is typically sparsely attended, with even fewer in attendance last year when there was no dinner. I am happy to hold a Zoom/ Facebook Live service Christmas morning, but only if I know that there are people who plan to attend. Please let me know by December 18 if you would attend. This service would not include Communion.

A Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at 10:00 on Sunday, December 27. This service will be much the same as usual, but held via Zoom and Facebook Live.

On January 6, the Day of Epiphany, we will hold a Service of Light. Details will follow later.

I hope that you will be able to participate in these services, and that they will brighten your Christmas season!


The 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 AM 
The remaining Sundays at 10:00 AM

This Sunday-December 13th
at 10:00 a.m.
The 3rd Sunday of Advent

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READINGS FOR SUNDAY                

The Third Sunday of Advent


Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen

First Lesson  Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

The principle of justice is to guide the nation of Israel, and they are to understand that it is none other than God who is an advocate for the poor, the oppressed, the downtrodden, and the brokenhearted.  Written in the second half of the sixth century before Christ, Second Isaiah (as Isaiah 40-66 is known) envisions God's formation of a faithful Servant of the Lord, sometimes seen as a repentant Israel and sometimes as a great prophet yet to arise, as in today's lesson.  The servant will bring Israel to a fulfillment of her original promise and potential, and to a time of joy and celebration.  Christians perceive a foretelling of Christ's ministry in these passages.

Psalm 126

A psalm of joy and hope sung to the Lord, who restores the fortunes of the people.

The Second Lesson      1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

As he concludes his letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul exhorts the new converts to live joyfully and prayerfully in readiness for the Lord's coming.  Although they are to test what they hear, the disciples are to expect to discover the Spirit in prophecy.  Trusting in a faithful God, the followers of Jesus are to seek to avoid all forms of evil and to become holy in every way.

The Gospel     John 1:6-8, 19-28   

In the opening passages of his gospel the fourth evangelist firmly characterizes the mission of John the Baptist: he is the forerunner and witness to the Christ.  He bears testimony to the one who is the light of all human life.  John is not the Christ or a figure for Elijah or one of the other prophets.  He prepares the Lord's way and baptizes, while even now the one whom John is unworthy to serve stands unknown in their midst.


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This Advent we are meeting weekly to discuss this resource from the SALT Project. It is very similar to the Lenten sturdy we did two years ago using Mary Oliver’s poetry. Booklets are available to download here. We meet via Zoom for discussion on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. All are welcome, even if you haven't attended the first two sessions.

 Here is the info:

In this Advent devotional, biblical texts and simple, accessible practices interweave with Maya Angelou’s stirring vision of faith, freedom, and dignity. All you’ll need is your favorite Bible and Maya Angelou’s The Complete Poetry (all the poems are also available online). Week by week, as we wait, and watch, and pray, we’ll walk toward Bethlehem - with Maya Angelou as our guide. 


One thing we can always do while we stay at home is to pray for each other! We would like to keep our prayer list up to date and publish it each week in the Thursday Memo. Please email Deb at with any updates.

This Week We Pray for

Health and Wholeness for: Jean DeThomas, Terri Hooper,  Martin, John McGowan, Sue Huckman, Steve Thompson, Joan Marshall, Marilyn Cloran, Kitty Lou Booty, Gabriele and Bob Wallace, Dave Appleton, Carolyn Boldt, Angela B., Tom, Carolyn Jarvis, Doug Crapser, Peg Patenaude, Joyce Humphrey, 

For those who are homebound: Joyce Gendron, Marge Hagerup, Elizabeth Pease, Brian & Sara Kelley, Elizabeth Wiesner, Judy Grace, Audrey Berry.

For our First Nation people and those in this country who are living in impoverished areas of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the inner city areas populated by some of our poorest citizens.

For all those who are on the front lines serving communities during these difficult times.

Updating the Prayer List

Please let Deb know if you want to put someone back on the prayer list going forward. Thank you for helping us keep our prayer list up to date.


No DINNER BELL until further notice.

Thank you for your volunteer
work in this special Outreach program!


The Food Pantry thanks you for your contributions throughout the year.

Food pantry continues to serve the communities needs
New Hours
Alternating Wednesdays
12-6 pm
Next Food Pantry: 
Any questions call 603-960-4067


AMAZING PEACE ~ Maya Angelou  

Read by the poet at the lighting of the national Christmas tree, Washington, D.C., December 1, 2005 

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time. 

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.

If you do not see your birthday or anniversary listed, please make sure Deb in the office has an information sheet on file for you.

6        Carolyn Seston
12      Hettie Buck
13      Suzanne Morgan
27      Debra Hoyt
30      Gretchen Behr-Svendsen

8        Bob & Carolyn Seston
21      Chris & Carolyn Boldt

Not that anyone wants to be thinking about this but
this is a gentle reminder that Annual Reports are right around
the corner.
I will



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