What wisdom might we find in the songs and stories of ancient times, as well as our own?
Throughout the summer, July 3 through September 4, we explore the meaningful messages found in Psalms and Parable, i.e., songs and stories. Pastor’s Sue and Kevin are alternating weeks and Rev. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine offers a reflection on Aug 14
Collectively, we pray that all will be excited, engaged, and renewed with joy, humor, encouragement and hope.
JULY – Worship is at 9AM at First Congregational Church of Woodstock.
AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 4 Worship is at 9AM at East Woodstock (220 Woodstock Road)
How might we find, maintain, and regain hope in times when life is overwhelming, the way uncertain, our country fragmented, and the climate quickly approaching a point beyond repair?
In this series we explore Hope:
- What hope is and is not
- What our faith and others have to say about hope
- How we find and nurture hope in our children amid the pandemic, climate crisis, polarization, violence, etc.
- How we might deepen our hope in something meaningful, rather than superficial sayings, simplistic faith, or “bumper-sticker” theology
What might it mean that “life and spirituality are journeys?” That “the way is the journey?” or that “We make the way by walking?”
In this season of Lent, we explore this timely, challenging, and hope filled metaphor. Along the way we will meet characters young and old, mystics, monks, and even a mama duck!
Within this motif, we will also explore Core Values – what they are, why they matter, and ways in which values form and transform our attitudes, assumptions, behaviors, and journey.
We explore the practical, spiritual dimensions of hunger and food insecurity. We wonder what it means that “we have everything we need to help in ways that are helpful and positively impact the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual hunger wherever we find ourselves on our journey.
We celebrate creation – not as a prop or backdrop, but as full participant in God’s ever unfolding, all enfolding story. We reflect on our purpose to heal the world. And wonder with the Psalmist: “When (we) look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established what are human beings that you are mindful of them, that you care for (us)?” (Psalm 8:3-4)