Palm Sunday

Come! Now is the time to worship! Join us for our Palm Sunday celebration. Our choir will lead us in praising God with songs and we will lift up our spirits in meaningful prayer. This week's meditation focus is looking at the lessons we can learn from Jesus during the events of Holy Week and remembering the great gift of love Jesus gave as he endured the challenges of that last week of his life. We look with anticipation toward the resurrection and God's victory over death. Come bask in the love of God. All are welcome!

Certainty of Death

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Someone said yesterday, "There are two certainties in life; death and taxes." How do you feel about the certainty of death? Do you have questions about what happens after you die? Does it cause you worry or stress thinking about it? Today in our worship service we are going to explore what the bible says about eternal life. We are going to embrace the uncertainty of our mortality and find hope and reassurance in God's promises for us given out of deep unending love. We also have special music provided by Pati and Phil Kirk and young violinists, Hannah and Sam Kieth. Fellowship follows with delicious hot cross buns! Be sure to brave the cold and come join us for warmth and worship. All are welcome!

God's Healing Love

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There are times we forget the realities of what God's love really means in our lives. It’s not just a word, it is an action, a promise, a security we can depend on. Because God loves us, we will never be alone. Because God loves us we don’t need to depend on the possessions or people of this world to fill us. It is God's love that makes us complete. It is God's love that makes every hardship bearable. It is God's love that heals us and sustains us when we feel weak and powerless.

Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead and join us at 10:00 for a celebration of the truth of God's enduring love and grace. All are welcome!

Forgiveness

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Here is an excerpt from this week's meditation. "When you forgive another you are also making a conscious choice to decentralize the impact of that hurt in your life. You move the pain away from the core of who you are. It no longer defines you. You will not give the hurt the power to govern your life like it did before. Forgiveness takes time. Be patient with the process and ask for God’s help all along the way. This process takes effort, energy and determination. But it will have a powerful impact on your inner peace and happiness. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself, your world and the person who needs to be forgiven, even if at first they don’t seem to appreciate it. If you need inspiration to take on this challenge, look to Christ the greatest model of forgiveness the world has ever known. It is in God’s forgiveness of us that we discover true freedom and true healing." Join us for Sunday worship at 10:00 where we will contemplate the power of forgiveness to bring joy and peace. We also have the musical talents of Ned Houston and Don Houghton to uplift our spirits. All are welcome! Come on in!

Embracing the Uncertain

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"Faith is not the absence of doubt, but the embrace of it and ultimately the transformation of it. Likewise, courage is not the elimination of fear, but the regular interaction with it and conscious choice against it.” Maguey deVega, Embracing the Uncertain. Come join us for worship this morning at 10:00 and explore where you are on your faith journey. How might you grow your faith and your relationship with God while accepting your human questioning and wonder? All are welcome.

Find Strength and Endurance in Christ

It is possible that the chaos of today’s society with its violence and anger leaves us feeling powerless and defeated. Maybe we feel our level of anxiety rising as we find ourselves consumed with the epidemics of addiction, mental health crisis, violence, effects of natural disasters. There are so many forces around us that attempt to take away our hope, peace and faith. But we can always find strength and endurance in Christ our Savior. God is ready to love us and guide us when we accept our limitations and give ourselves to His tender care. God isn't finished yet. Be a part of the solution by being in fellowship with others and loving and accepting without fail. Join us for worship today at 10:00. We'd love to see you.

40 Days of Lent

So why do we, as Christians observe Lent? Lent is meant to be a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

I don’t know about you, but I find comfort in knowing that Jesus, himself, God’s son, God in the flesh, needed to go off and meditate and center himself on God’s plan, on God’s will. He found quiet refuge in isolation from others and strengthened his resolve to follow through with his ministry, his sacrifice of time, energy, effort; his sacrifice of life for our sins and the gift of eternal life. So Lent is a time when we can consider the blessed gift of life Jesus gave all humanity. It is a time when we can consider making a sacrifice as well, to nurturing our relationship with God and preparing our hearts for the truth of the crucifiction and resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

Join us for Sunday service at 10:00 to reflect on the possibilities of how you might observe Lent and nurture your relationship with God.

Also join us Wednesday night, February 14th for our ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 pm to start your Lenten season off right. You can celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved ones for dinner and join us for the Love of God as a special blessing afterward. Hope to see you!

When you look in the mirror do you like what you see?

When you look in the mirror do you like what you see? Are you proud of what you did or said this week? Do you remember that you are loved and accepted just as you are by a God who will always stand by you? If you are struggling to keep your New Year's resolutions or be the person you set out to be, come join us Sunday morning at 10:00. We are sure to lift your spirits and encourage your heart with song, prayer and a message to contemplate. We welcome you to come feel the love! All are welcome!

Immerse Ourselves in God's spirit

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Welcome to this special Sacred place where we can immerse ourselves in God’s spirit of love and peace. Here we can find rest for our weary souls and the refreshing water of life that renews and strengthens us. All are welcome here, no matter the scars or bruises you think you carry, no matter the mistakes you feel you have made, it is here that you find the grace and mercy of God to wipe your slate clean and give you a fresh start. Listen to God’s words for you today. Share in prayer your gratitude and your burdens, know that God has invited you here and is thrilled that you responded by coming and giving your time to God to continue exploring your relationship with Him.

Worship begins at 10:00. Childcare and Sunday School are available during worship. Please join us we look forward to seeing you!

Baptism of Jesus

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Sunday, January 7th at the United Church of Craftsbury the focus of worship will be the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. We will consider the meaning of baptism and renew our baptismal vows as we get to re-experience the water of life through our belief in Jesus and the love of our compassionate God. Join us for joyous hymns, meaningful prayer and inspirational meditation. All are welcome! We hope to see you!

The Longest Night Worship Service

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The Longest Night Worship Service
Wednesday, December 20, 7pm
Church on the Common

Christmas carols are everywhere this time of year, proclaiming a season of joy and happiness. But what if you feel only sadness? The holidays can bring painful memories of loved ones who’ve died, of jobs lost, or friendships long gone. Darkness in our hearts can match the growing darkness of the winter nights. And Christmas can be romanticized to the point of forgetting that Jesus Christ was born into a very troubled world.

On the winter solstice, the Blue Christmas Worship Service can help us name the darker side of the holidays, and remember that amid the darkness is the Light of Jesus Christ. We gather in candlelight to sing hymns, read scripture and pray together. In the Christmas season, there is a place even for sadness and sorrow.

Please join us to claim the hope of the light shining in the darkness.

This worship service is a special collaboration between the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church,
the Greensboro United Church of Christ and the Church on the Common.

Find Hope in Jesus our Savior

Friends of the United Church of Craftsbury, we invite you to join us Sunday, December 3rd for the first Sunday of Advent with a focus on Hope and how we can find hope in Jesus our Savior. We also invite you to bring your annual pledge cards to be blessed and received in loving support of the ministry and mission of our church. We will be celebrating Holy Communion as well. Woven in to all of this will be uplifting music, meaningful prayer, and time for reflection. Please come join us. All our welcome!

The Quilt of This Place

The Quilt of This Place

The natural beauty, the lay of the land

Life-giving waters, green mountains so grand.

The flow of the seasons from summer to spring

Give rise to our spirit and the song that we sing.

 

CHORUS:

Craftsbury Village, up to the East

Collinsville to the Common

Sharing God’s love wherever we roam

The world’s our neighbor and we’re never alone.

 

The tillers and stewards who nurture and tend

The scholars and crafters enriching our blend

 The skiers and scullers, the hunt and the chase

We stitch and take pride in the quilt of this place.

 

CHORUS

 

 

 

 

Loving the Unlovable

Sunday, August 27th 10:00-11:00

The United Church of Craftsbury will be having a  blessing of the backpacks for all children (and teachers) preparing to start school.  We also welcome folks of all ages who would like a little extra blessing on an accessory of their choice to bring it along. Briefcases, tool belts, diaper bags, etc. welcome! 

The topic of worship is "Loving the Unlovable". Haven't we all had someone who gets under our skin, pushes our buttons or makes our life stressful. Can you remember a time when a stranger caught your eye, but you looked away instead of showing kindness. We all can use a refresher on this topic. Come join us for music, prayer and contemplation in the welcoming embrace of our faith family. All are welcome!

Could You Be So Forgiving?

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Our friend Joseph (the one with the coat of many colors) demonstrates for us the gracious act of reconciliation when he welcomes the same brothers who sold him into slavery to come and live with him and enjoy the food he has wisely stored up before the famine struck. Could you be so forgiving? We will be looking at the gift of forgiveness this week for both the forgiver and the forgiven. Come, join us to consider where you might be weighed down by the burdens of anger and resentment and lighten your load. All are welcome!

Green Eyed Monster of Jealousy

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This Sunday at the United Church of Craftsbury we will be considering the green eyed monster of jealousy. We are told in the bible not to give in to jealousy, but many of our ancestors we read about in the bible did. So, what can we learn from them and their mistakes and how can we rise above the temptation and overcome the emotion of jealousy and replace it with loving acceptance and sincere rejoicing for another's good fortune? Come join us to explore this topic and consider some useful suggestions. We look forward to seeing you. ALL ARE WELCOME!

How many of us have had a restless, sleepless night because we were wrestling with our own conflicts in life? 

This Sunday is Holy Communion Sunday. All are welcome to partake in the sacred remembrance of both Jesus' last supper with his disciples as well as the loving sacrifice Jesus made when He gave his life on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and the promise of everlasting life. 

We will also look more closely at the story of Jacob and his wrestling match with God. How many of us have had a restless, sleepless night because we were wrestling with our own conflicts in life?  Come hear the message of peace and understanding that can come from giving our burdens to the Lord and trusting in His guidance to bring us to a successful, and satisfying outcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Have you found God in unexpected places?

There are two reasons this can happen. 1. You need God's presence in your life. 2. God needs your presence in someone else's life. We can find God in surprising places. Sometimes it's when we are feeling especially vulnerable or desperate. Other times we find God guiding us to respond to someone else's need. This Sunday we will explore examples of God's presence in surprising places in both bible stories and contemporary stories from this time period. Join us for prayer, praise and song as well as peaceful meditation.

The gathering for Ruth Curtiss' family and friends will follow worship from 11:30-1:30.

Parable of the Seed Sower

This Sunday we will explore the Parable of the Seed Sower. We will consider what kind of seed we are and what kind we aspire to become. In doing so, we will also ponder how often our competitive spirit pulls us from our accepting and loving behaviors. Do you ever find yourself "categorizing" people? It happens to the best of us! We will support one another in opening our minds to seeing as God sees with value and purpose in each of God's children. Keep in mind, we are each a work in progress. God isn't finished with us yet! Hallelujah!

Family Fun Friday is July 21st 5-7! This month's theme is engineering. IF you like to build with your hands and design things, problem solve and collaborate, don't miss this chance to build strong, tall towers; boats that float and sculptures out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows. Yes we will also have food, including ice cream sundaes. Come join us! Young and old; All Are Welcome!

Blessings,
Pastor Kim