First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ,
Throughout the journey
of our lives we find ourselves on many different roads, traveling with a diverse group of people. We learn much through the joys and pains of daily living. Each of these experiences forms and molds us a bit more as children of God. At the First Congregational Church of Dudley we celebrate the journey you are on towards becoming the highest expression of yourself, whom God created you to be. As an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ we want you to know no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! At our church we encourage a journey which is traveled with our bodies, minds and hearts, our intelligence and our compassion working together…side by side. This is a community of seekers who work to live the questions of our faith, the faith of Jesus, forming ourselves more and more in that image of perfect love.
Please take some time to explore our website, sign up for PJ’s Place (my weekly e-letter) and visit us for worship. You may not be fully sure why it is you are exploring a relationship with our church and The United Church of Christ. You may simply be following some inner urging. We encourage you to listen to the voice of your heart for God is still speaking now. Come and become something more, as together we seek to live and grow as followers of Jesus on The Way… an inclusive and ever-expanding journey of love, beginning with ourselves and our families, extending to our communities, our nation and all the world. We look forward to meeting and getting to know you soon.
Blessings on your journey,
In partnership with the United Church of Christ.
Click on tab below to read the thought provoking op-ed piece published in the Worcester T&G Tuesday,
April 26, 2016 written by Paul Gregory Smith.
Open and Affirming
All are welcome! The Open and Affirming Coalition provides support and sanctuary to all our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers, their families and friends; advocates for their full inclusion in church and society; and brings Christ's affirming message of love and justice for all people.
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Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed
before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything... he holds all creation
together. Colossians 1:15-17
PJ's weekly reflection:
It's August 26 as I write this. It's still summer, officially for nearly another month, but we both know that summer (as we think of summer in our minds) ends sooner than that.
And so, I do two things when the remaining summer days are few. First, I do whatever I can to fully enjoy everything I can of however much time is left. And secondly, I begin preparing my mind, body and spirit for what will follow. In part, this means making an internal commitment to carry some summer with me all through the year. For me, that means remembering that I can walk in a centered way not only when following woodland paths on warm days which stay light well into the evening, but also wherever and whenever I walk. Whether I'm walking a hospital corridor, to a meeting, to my computer, to the phone, to wash the dishes or whatever, when I remember to breathe the memory of mountain air, when I remember to breathe the present Holy Spirit filled moment in all circumstances, then I am calm and have the most to give to others in every situation.
By next summer, I'll need another deep retreat into the woods. Yet, between now and then, you and I can take smaller retreats to wherever it is that most feeds and replenishes our bodies, minds and spirits. We can schedule moments for walking, breathing, praying, reading, yoga, meditation, study, eating and resting mindfully all through the year. We can make a conscious choice to daily drink plenty of living water, and carry that living water with us in the well-maintained living containers we create ourselves more and more to be.
Blessings to you friend, on summer days and every day,