First Congregational Church of Woodstock

"Welcoming, Growing, Caring" Sharing Christs Love with All People

First Congregational Church of Woodstock


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)

In these uncertain times, we explore the scriptural references and meaning  beneath the lyrics and imagery of the familiar carol “Joy to the World.” 

We wonder “What might the ancient stories and familiar carols say to us today?” and  “What if intentionally seeking to bring a little more hope, peace, joy and love were the way to find our way amid deep, lonely, silent, fear filled nights?”

543 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut 06281 | 860. 928. 7405 | Sunday Worship 10 am