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.
On October 7 we join with Christians around the globe to celebrate World Communion Sunday. Our communion table will be abundantly full of different breads and fruits as a sign of the diversity of the Body of Christ. We will also have an empty plate, a reminder that not everyone has enough daily bread. Following Communion, the table will also become our Coffee Hour refreshments.
Wisdom Cries Out! Just Peace Sunday
Based on Proverbs 1:20-21~
Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
Are you thinking about getting reservations for the Oct 3rd supper? The 6 PM seating is now sold out. If you are looking for a seat at the 5 and 7 PM seating, you will want to act quickly, especially if you are coordinating for a large group. Take-outs are also still available for pick up at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 PM. Prices are $12 for adults, $6 for age 12 and under, and preschoolers eat for free. Reservations are required in advance. *New this year* the online reservation system via the church website (CLICK HERE) now has a convenient, secure payment system for those who would like to pay with a credit/debit card. Don’t worry – you can also still pay with cash/check at the door by calling the church office: 802-434-2053. Questions can be answered by email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; or by calling the church office.