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News for January 2, 2024

This Sunday, Jan 7: In-person service at 10am

This Sunday we celebrate Epiphany, and the arrival of the Three Wise Men with their gifts for the Baby. Of the three traditional gifts, chances are that gold is the only one you're actually familiar with. Frankincense and myrrh? Not so much. We'll remedy that on Sunday! Rev. Polly Moore is preaching; Matthew 2:1-12 is the text. Communion will be celebrated.

Worship & Arts will meet after the service. All are welcome to come plan the worship schedule. Amazingly, Ash Wednesday is right around the corner (Feb 14)!

The Giving Sunday offering for January is for Abundant Grace Coastside Worker, helping the homeless on the coast. Their director and visionary, Eric Debode, has been our guest preacher many times.

Recent sermons

Check out our YouTube page to see recent sermons. Go to our archive of slides to see bulletins and slides used during recent services.

Starting in Sept 2023, recordings of our Taize services are also on the YouTube page.

Due to a technical glitch, Polly's sermon on "The Hard Work of Peace" didn't get recorded. You can read the text here.

Pepe Doyle's sermon on "My Search for Joy" is posted, though not publicly. Contact the office for the link.

Upcoming services and events

Worship & Arts: Sun, Jan 7 after worship. Come help us plan the worship calendar for the near future.

• Weds discussion group: Jan 10 (7 pm), Zoom

"Basic Bible Stories", meeting the main characters of the Old Testament. After the holidays, we'll move on to the story of Solomon.

Taize Service: Fri, Jan 12 (7:30 pm). A contemplative service of chanting, prayer and silence. In-person, and also available on Zoom.

• Book Group: Sun, Jan 28 (7 pm), Zoom

Al Hasse is still going to lead the Book Group! The next discussion won't be until after their move and the holidays, which will give you plenty of time to prepare your arguments, pro and con, on Sam Harris' "Free Will".

Links and resources

King's Return sings Schubert's "Ave Maria" in a stairwell, with some lovely tight harmonies

Abigail Adams was ahead of her time! Beautiful new statue of her dedicated last year in Quincy MA.

Quote of the week

"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

Weekly events

• Meditation group: Wednesdays at 7:30 am

In person at the church building.

• Sunday worship: 10 am

In person at the church building.

Image: "The Journey of the Magi" by James Tissot (1984)


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