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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By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the
ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
Psalm 65:5 (NRSV)
PJ's weekly reflection:
Although the rain fell heavy for a time Friday,
we're still living in a drought here in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Although you and I likely spoke kindly to someone today,
we're still living in a drought in the USA in regards to our public discourse.
Although you and I may be doing relatively well, generally speaking,
I spoke with people, this week, who are walking through some tough
times of drought, as they face serious health concerns, worries for others,
and deep grieving.
Psalm 65 urges us to live with a perceived sense of abundance,
regardless of the many droughts we are currently living through.
When you feel dried up, run down, worthless, at your wit's end, discouraged, hopeless, friendless, desperate and lonely, walking in a parched land of deep drought, and you simply know you can't take another step or live another minute, and you throw your arms in the air or shed a tear, that can be the moment of hope...as you release yourself into the abundance of our creator God, our healing Savior Jesus and a gentle, sustaining breath of Holy Spirit.
Are we living in a drought? Definitely.
Are we surrounded by an abundance
whose potential for our lives has barely been tapped into? Absolutely.
Don't give up. I believe in you. You are abundance!
Blessings and Peace to you my friend,