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:
Life is breaking forth all around you.
A chick is being fed by her parents in the nest, a turtle is crossing the road,
rabbits, flowers, trees and everything else living and breathing, playing and
finding food. You're part of it all. Take some time, please, and notice.
Life is breaking forth within you.
A newer version of you is seeking to be born, to cross to the next place in life's
journey. Wouldn't it be wonderful for you to really believe it?
You're not too young. You're not too old. You're not stuck.
You haven't made too many mistakes to begin again.
You're in the place you are, this moment, but a new moment is already upon
you. You're ready now, to be cracked open and to discover everything you were meant to discover about you.
This is summer.
Stretch your arms and your legs. Step outside your home. Step outside
yourself. Then keep on stepping, in the sunshine, but also in the rain, through
the joys, but also through the sorrows, just keep stepping and praying and
struggling your way through that cocoon, so you may truly spread your wings
Fly little chick. Fly dear friend.
Dare to crack the hard outer shell
of every accumulated stress and negative thought and break free.
This is your one blessed life.
Step forth and live and become, for you and for all.
Summer Blessings to you...
Blessings always, Pastor John