Worship is cancelled on Sunday 1/20/19 due to the weather forecast. Stay safe and warm everyone!
Come in from the cold this Sunday and join us as we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus, the first Sunday after Epiphany. The baptism of Jesus is described in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but John’s gospel does not directly describe Jesus’ baptism. Most modern theologians view the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist as a historical event to which a high degree of certainty can be assigned.
This Sunday we will celebrate the tradition of “Las Posadas”. The roots of Las Posadas stretch deeply into Latin culture. It originated in Spain, but it’s been a yearly celebration throughout Mexico for over 400 years. The tradition commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a warm place to stay the night. Posadas is Spanish for “lodgings” or “accommodations.”
We will also hold a special collection during the Offering for “The Christmas Fund” of the UCC. For over a century, the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund has been a tangible expression of God’s love and light in the world. Year after year, United Church of Christ (UCC)
members and congregations have reached out in kindness, compassion, and gratitude to those who have faithfully shepherded our Church in the past and who now find themselves facing unexpected financial needs. The Christmas Fund is one of our “Five for Five” UCC offerings we take throughout the year.
Most choral Christmas music include a familiar melody and this year is no different. You will hear O Holy Night in our first anthem, Mary Had a Baby in our second and Angels We Have Heard on High in the third anthem.
In this Advent season of preparation and anticipation of the arrival of the Christ child, we take time this Sunday to celebrate peace; both the peace that we have and peace that we long for. After the worship service, we will hold our annual Heifer International Living Market fundraiser, where folks can donate to Heifer in honor or in memory of a loved one, and take an “honor card” to send them to commemorate the gift.
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
A note from our guest Preacher Marjorie MacNeill:
This weekend – on the last Sunday of the church year before Advent begins – the Christian church celebrates Christ the King Sunday, sometimes known as Reign of Christ Sunday. This image of Jesus may not be the primary way that you think of Him. Many of you know that I am very much a “Jesus as teacher, social worker, and healer” sort of person/pastor. However, “Christ the King” has been an important image for many through the years and on Sunday we’ll talk about why that is and sing some hymns that proclaim Christ’s Kingship. In the Gospel accounts of the New Testament, Jesus was questioned about the Kingdom. We will hear John’s version in which Pilate asks Jesus, “So, are you a king?” Jesus’ answer is basically “yes and no”. And we’ll talk about how churches celebrate Christ the King Sunday. Can you guess when this special day was introduced into the church calendar? It will be good to be with you again this coming Sunday while Katelyn and Nathan are away for Thanksgiving.
Rev. Marjorie MacNeill
This Sunday, we will be celebrating All Saints Day, and remembering those friends and family members who are no longer with us; a time to reflect and honor the memories of those we hold dear. We will also have the opportunity to hear from two of our church families as “witnessing stewards”. They will talk about what Richmond Congregational Church means to them, and why they share their time, talent and treasure with us.
This Sunday, October 28, our worship service will be full of music and song! The choir will be singing “Walk By Faith” and “Mercy Flows.” We also welcome Paul Baker Hernandez to join us for worship. Paul is an activist, musician, missionary and former monk who divides his time between Managua, Nicaragua and traveling around North America and Europe to get the word out about peace, justice, creation care and spreading God’s reign of love. His current tour is called “MEGA: Make Earth Green Again.” Paul visited us in February 2016, and we welcome his return back to Vermont. He will be sharing stories and songs as a part of our worship service. A freewill offering will be taken to support Paul’s work.
In the afternoon there is a Potluck Open House with Paul Baker Hernandez at the home of Joanne & Terry Ranney from 4-7 PM, 56 Pleasant Street, Richmond, Vermont 05477.
After worship, we’ll be carving pumpkins in the Fellowship Hall to line the church’s front walk on Halloween night. Bring your own carving tools, or, use ours! We’re also collecting candy and cider to hand out on Halloween night from 5:00-8:00 PM. Volunteers (costumes optional) are still needed to help on Halloween.
Do our possessions posses us? Would we be willing and able to lay down our possessions and follow Jesus? Join us for worship this Sunday as we consider these questions and more.
~ No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
Come to our Fall Rummage Sale – Fri. 10/12/18, 9 am-7 pm & Sat. 10/13/18, 9 am-1 pm
Donations may be dropped off in Fellowship Hall Mon. Oct. 8 through Wed. Oct.10 between the hours of 1-7:00 pm, and Thursday Oct 11 from 9:00 am – noon. All donations must be received by NOON on Thursday. We accept clean gently worn clothing (Fall and winter only please), housewares/small appliances, linens, toys and children’s books. Please NO large furniture items, luggage, tvs, computers, electronics, ski equipment, books/encyclopedias etc… All items must be re-sale-able; the more trash we have to dispose of, the less we income we have to support local charities.
We’re in need of volunteers to make this happen. Please help make this sale a success by donating your items and time in sorting, set up, sales and cleanup. This is a church-wide effort. Sign up on the sheets in the church Parlor, or call Sharon 434-2596 or Lori 316-6166 to join our team. This is a great opportunity to support our mission and outreach to many people throughout Richmond and the surrounding communities.